Jesus Gamez has made only two appearances for Newcastle this season, after he joined the club in early July from Atletico Madrid for a fairly nominal fee.
The 31 year-old has been missing for a while now, with a long running Achilles problem that wouldn’t go away.
Rafa then instructed the medical staff to try something different in an attempt to get the very experienced full-back playing again.
Jesus Gamez in training
It seems to have worked and yesterday Gamez was interviewed by Spanish outlet El Desmarque and explained what has been happening:
“I will be available soon, today I started training a bit with the team.” “I got to play some pre-season, but was screwed up and decided to stop to recover well.”
“I’m very happy, it’s a new experience which my family and I are enjoying.” “Football wise, I wish I was better than I am.”
“I’ve been injured for a while with the Achilles tendon thing.” The truth is that it’s going very well.”
“The team is young, we have many young players and they’re learning the tactical aspects fast, which was needed.”
“The team is gathering concepts and improving very fast.”
“Atsu’s having his minutes and is giving good performances and is counted on by the coach.”
“My dream is to return to Malaga.” “Football takes many turns, I wanted to experience at Atletico and now in English football.”
“It is clear that I would be back, I wish I could retire in Malaga.”
It’s interesting that Jesus has said the young Newcastle players are learning the tactics of the game – which was needed.
When Gamez joined us we though he would be a starter in one of the two full back positions, but injuries and adjusting to the rigors of English football have kept him back.
But now he is fit he will be pushing for a starting position and maybe the best shot at a start would be at left-back where local lad Paul Dummett is currently the starter?
What do you think?