Journalist for the Spanish newspaper AS and Atletico Madrid expert Patricia Cazon has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he gives an assessment of Newcastle’s new signing – 31 year-old Spanish full-back Jesus Gamez.
Jesus was announced around mid-day today and became Rafa Benitez’ fourth signing of the summer and the first defender signed.
Gamez was signed on an initial two year deal by Rafa Benitez.
Jesus Gamez – next Newcastle captain
Cazon has talked about the former Atletico Madrid and Malaga defender and what he will bring to Newcastle United.
From what Patricia has said – it’s a lot:
“Gamez is a more defensive player than offensive right side, with features that make him unique and lethal.” “
His powerful throw for instance.” “When he is near the penalty area your team are able to convert throws into corners.”
“Jesus will be a very important player in the changing room and will think more about the group itself.” “He is a player who makes the team bond well together.”
“At Atleti last year he played only 1,000 minutes, but he didn’t appear to be bothered by that, even when he didn’t play, he makes an effort in the dressing room.”
“He is a very hard worker. He is a player who gives everything for the team and never stops.” “He gives everything and delivers on the field.”
“Just look at his career in the Atleti.” “His natural position is right-back but, at Atletico, he played mostly on the left.”
“It’s what El Cholo (Diego Simeone) and the team needed and he played that position as if it were his own.”
“That highlights two of its main virtues: the ability to adapt and sacrifice.” “At Malaga too, if it was needed, he played midfield.”
“Atleti thank him for all his efforts and dedication.”
“He was always a good companion (team-mate).” “The crowd gave him a lot love.” “All extolled his dedication, his professionalism and his greatness as a player and person.”
“He is a player who leaves a mark.” “And he will always be considered one of ours.”
“Since Rafa Benitez joined Newcastle there has been a lot of interest in Spain.” “Even without Rafa, Newcastle is a club people are interested in as they are one of the big English clubs.”
Rafa Benitez’ exploits at Newcastle are being closely followed in the Spanish press and we have a feeling this is not the final Spanish import in this summer’s transfer market for Newcastle.
And from what we can tell – if Jesus can quickly improve his English language skills – he could become the next Newcastle captain – somebody Rafa can trust on the field and who will quickly gain the respect of the Newcastle players.
With the signing of Gamez today – we estimate he cost around £4M – here are the details so far of the summer transfer deals for Newcastle.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
20 year-old youngsters Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Stuart Findlay have also signed today for Peter Beardsley’s Development squad.
What do you think?