When we signed Jesus Gamez in the summer he looked like an excellent signing by Rafa – a player with both class and experience who wanted to join Newcastle United from the high-flying Atletico Madrid.
And the little we have seen of him he looks what he is – a classy player who should be able to make a big difference in the Championship – once he starts playing more regularly for the club.
Jesus Gamez has laugh with Chancel Mbemba in training
That’s Rafa in the background also smiling
Gamez has been struggling with two things – adjusting to English football and he’s also picked up one or two minor injuries this season and has been suffering recently from Achilles tendon trouble.
But Rafa seems more upbeat now that Gamez could be ready to push for a place in either full-back position – because he can play equally well on either side.
Benitez was asked if his 31 year-old countryman is now ready to play for Newcastle and this is what the gaffer told the Chronicle:
“Hopefully he can.” ““When we signed him we were bringing in an experienced player in who can play on both sides of the defense.”
“For us it has been a pity. But the good thing I would say about him was he was training every day and not missing anything.” “He was pushing himself.”
“The bad thing was that it wasn’t enough so we decided to stop him and start another treatment and we’ll see if he’s fine now.”
When Gamez arrived on Tyneside on July 8th he came with an excellent introduction from Rafa who said this about the Spanish defender:
“I am really pleased to bring Jesus here to Newcastle.” “He is a very good defender who can play on both sides, left and right.”
“He is experienced, I know he has great character and, importantly, he is an excellent professional. I am sure he will give balance to the team.”
And Gamez himself said this after his signing:
“I am really looking forward to starting the next part of my career at Newcastle.” “It was the right time to leave Atletico Madrid and this is the right move for me.”
“We have an exciting project here, to bring Newcastle back to where it belongs, in the Premier League, and I am very happy to be a part of that.”
Let’s hope Jesus can get a few games for Newcastle because his vast experience and professionalism can only help us this season.
What do you think?