A Glowing Reference For Newcastle’s New Signing

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.

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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.

four players so far

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

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?

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 8, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Is that Lee Charnley lol

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 8, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #3

    From his 2016 calendar

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Fed up about Gini and Sissko rumours where they going, really doing my swede in.

  • nufc786

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    If Pogba goes to Man U for 100 mill… What would be the odds on Juventus trying to lure both Sissoko and Wijnaldum to Italy? both are not as good as Pogba but togther they bring Goals i.e. Wijnaldum Pace and Power i.e. Sissoko (When bothered)

    If that were to happen perhaps 40 million for both? I would take that if both are showing a lack of guts for the championship

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I dips ma’ lid to ya’ Rafa. Great signing. Now for this Hayden kid, and we are set, whether Sissoko goes or not, although you do tend to think with it being so early in the window, there’ll still be a couple more in and out, probably Sissoko and Thauvin, and possibly Widjnaldum. Although I’m sure Rafa would prefer to keep the two big guns, but the signings have been very, very good, considering the relegation, and as things stand, we actually are quite a bit stronger despite the drop. That’d be pretty rare, if it stays this way. In fact I doubt it’s ever happened at all and we must have far and away the best squad, coaching set up, and of course stadium and support ever seen in this league by an absolute mile.

  • magicmac

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #7

    I totally agree about Gini and Sissko, and all the rumours, if they are not commited to the cause of trying to get us back to the premier league, then its better to let them go if we get good offers for them both, we need everyone pulling in the same dirrection, and not cause a toxic feeling in the camp, they are both very much over ratted in my view HWTL

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Welshie……stay calm son. Rafa’s posturing to get the best possible price. It should mean we have more to spend when they do get sold. Please don’t let it do your swede in.http://us.123rf.com/450wm/captainvector/captainvector1602/captainvector160209544/52631166-happy-turnip-character.jpg

  • Online Guy

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Thanks Betty !

  • FollowFollow

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Online Guy, the blog is an open and diverse community. We are men, woman and other of the world. You can say whatever you want here without fear of retribution. if you wish to unburden yourself, you can be sure of our support.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #12

    It doesn’t follow that they’ll mope if they don’t get their moves. They are pros, getting very well paid, and despite the drop St James’ remains a great stage to play on, and the atmosphere will be electric. The players will love it, even if they don’t see it as ideal.

  • nufc786

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #13


    I’d be happy with Hayden and maybe either Shane Duffy or Grant Hanley joining him from Blackburn and maybe a LB

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #14

    lochinvar – Wales strips – they were seeded as the away team. News article explaining it and colour clashes.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m hoping Gamez is going to be the left back and Janmaat stays. Hayden would be a great addition. Less enamoured with the prospect of Hanley, but why not.

  • Online Guy

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #16

    You know the size of some of the Massive Arses in our team is getting to be a big problem.. I wonder if you would like to play a game ? Guess the Arse , just match the arse to a player ..and be honest with your score.

    An Arse guessing competition , what a great way to spend a Saturday Night ..

    Welshie We will do one on Sheep later .


  • Online Guy

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Follow Follow , do you mind if I stay in front of you ? I’m averse to Big Arseholes. ..Like your crack mind

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    That problem has been significantly alleviated with the release of Steven Taylor, who surely had to have his shorts made to order. As a lad I once saw Bob Moncur playing for Sunderland on an end of season jolly down under, and his arse must have cost the unwashed an extra seat on the plane over.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #19


    Be my guest do one on sheep, while you do that I will watch the re run of the Welsh Squad on the tour bus going through Cardiff celebrating how well the lads done and get mobbed by fans, how did the England tour bus do, was the fans there congratulating them, Oops.

    Ha ha ha

  • Belfast

    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Completely agree magic Mac. Think we’re playing a dangerous game with inflated valuations myself. Worst case scenario we get stuck with them and they piss about.

    Liverpool and Spurs seemed to have cooled their interest from what I’ve read.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Unless they are a couple of knuckleheads, which they don’t appear to be, they’ll realise not putting in wouldn’t do their careers any good at all. Benitez of course won’t tolerate it either.

  • Online Guy

    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Welshie I am a Welsh supporter. also France.
    My Missus hails from French Aristocracy, She’s a Geordie Princess now.

  • Online Guy

    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Right Lads can we have the scores from the Arse guessing Competition ? I got Frank Lampard and Ronaldo right so I scored 2 outa 18 ..

    It’s Beer O’ Clock , I just got off a plane 4 hours ago so I am looking forward to a Henry Westons Cider..and some Styottie Cyek

    Welshie we will do the Guess the Sheep breed anytime you request it .

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Belfast. I think we ll get decent money for them ok. There aren’t that many players on the market that are ready to play at their level . It’s only that we’ve seen enough of them to know their weaknesses where others haven’t. I trust Rafa to cash em well.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Online ……… I didn’t get any right. I’m more of a leg man myself. Talking of cider, a mate of mine just got back fromAsturias in Spain and brought me some of their cider back. Real head banging stuff.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #26

    I tried pouring it like they do over there from up a height but just kept spill ing it so I gave up.hic.

  • magicmac

    Jul 8, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Belfast my feelig is they were not all that commited when playing for Newcastle in the premier league, so i honestly dont think they are going to burst a gut playing thier trade in the championship, my view is all for one, and all one for all, its very clear thier hearts in not in staying at Newcastle, in a perfect world it would be great if they really wanted to get Newcastle back to the premier league, but its clear to me they really want a move to another club, the last thing we need this season is players not commited to the cause. PS, Iam from Portadown and have supported Newcastle all my life Belfast.

  • JamesToon

    Jul 9, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Gamez signing indicates a real change in direction from the toon

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 9, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #29

    As usual,nonsense being spouted on here. Gamez is a great signing. The kind of full back. Santon ( for the know nowts) could never be. Great to see a real defender signed .

  • expatmag

    Jul 9, 2016 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #30


    Change in direction?

    You mean from France to Spain?

  • Back Door Man

    Jul 9, 2016 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Followfollow @ 11 … you said, ” You can say whatever you want here without fear of retribution”.

    Oh no you can’t!  What about Humour Death Squad, the Righteous Speech Brigade, and The Thought Police who prowl this parish?

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2016 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #32

    On line

    A sheep guessing competition should exclude Welshyboyo. Why? Because he’s on more than first name terms with them all!

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jul 9, 2016 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Wow, you guys are on an interesting topic…

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 9, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #34

    JameToon@28. I think the change in direction has come with having a proper manager. McClaren and Pardew were puppets, obviously with no position of power to challenge the dirty dealings of Carr and Charnley. Different scenario with Rafa at the helm, and while they still (incredibly) have their jobs, they appear to be completely emasculated, metaphorically speaking.

  • expatmag

    Jul 9, 2016 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #35


    seems that way but do we really know what is going on behind closed doors???????

    We can only presume

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 9, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #36

    expat – no, we don’t actually know what happens behind the scenes, that’s true of course. However, we do see the results and consequences which can give us some idea. If it waddles and quacks, as they say…!

  • lochinvar

    Jul 9, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Mister Tuff @ 14 – thanks for the update !

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 9, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Hayden is due to undergo a medical today ahead of a move to the Tynesiders.

    The versatile 21-year-old can also play at full-back and as a defensive midfielder.

    Read more: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/arsenal-defender-on-tyneside-for-medical-ahead-of-move-to-newcastle-united-1-8005691#ixzz4DtLkPbYq

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 9, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Was it two seasons ago we were all saying we need 2 defenders, 2 strikers and/or a winger?

    Looks like finally, after a lot of water under the bridge, we are getting what the team needs. Plus, seeing the back of dead wood. I wonder if in the next two weeks all the talk will be about midfielders?

    Imo I would prefer to see our ‘star’ players NOT being transfered to PL teams, for obvious and spiteful reasons.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 9, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #40

    Rafa’s signings thus far have been very pragmatic – ie players who are primarily well-equipped to help us out of the Championship. Horses for courses.


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