More evidence today that Newcastle are having a major restructure of their squad this summer.
Jonas Gutierrez – surplus to requirements?
But perhaps it’s not too surprising there is news in the Newcastle Journal this morning, that Newcastle are now willing to listen to offers for 27 year-old Argentine International left winger Jonas Gutierrez.
Newcastle have just signed French winger Sylvain Marveaux, and while the party line was that he would provide competition for Jonas Gutierrez out on the left wing, the truth seems to be that the Frenchman has been brought in to replace Jonas Gutierrez, who can now leave Newcastle this summer.
Of course we are assuming this news is true, and that the Journal has some inside information from the club.
Gutierrez has divided the opinion amongst Newcastle fans about just how good he is, with a big criticism being that his final ball is not always that good, and he doesn’t score too many goals either.
Pardew has never seemed to have been a huge Jonas fan since Alan arrived at the club last December, and it looks like this summer is going to see a massive change in the Newcastle squad.
Jonas signed a five year deal when he joined from Real Mallorca in the summer of 2008, and he was on a very lucrative wage on Tyneside, so again it looks like Newcastle are bringing in less expensive alternatives, and in the process getting the wage bill reduced and under control.
His Argentine colleague Fabricio Coloccini is on a bigger wage than Jonas, so it begs the question just how long Fabricio may have left on Tyneside, with Seville being interested in the player recently, and Newcastle presumably willing to sell the center-back for around £7M.
This news, if true, will not be good news for the 3rd Amigo at Newcastle, Jose Enrique, who is now almost certain to leave this summer, even though Pardew has said many times he wants to keep the left-back on Tyneside.
Certainly the changes being made in the Newcastle squad this summer are so much bigger than we had ever imagined, and could turn out to be one of the biggest changes made to the Newcastle squad for a long long time.
What do you think about this?