With the news today that the move to bring Modou Barrow from Swansea in on loan has stalled because Swansea want to sell rather than loan out their player – maybe Newcastle will now move for Barrow’s team-mate at Swansea – Jefferson Montero.
The 27 year-old 62 times capped Ecuadorian International has been at Swansea since 2014 and has blown hot and cold during that time on the left wing.
Montero has loads of skill and pace and on his day is simply world-class – but those days seem to be few and far between, especially while Swansea have been fighting against relegation these last two seasons.
Swansea’s Ecuador International Jefferson Montero
Jefferson started his career at the Liberty Stadium extremely well after signing on from Mexican club Monarcas Morelia, but like Mo Barrow he is now out of favor and doesn’t start these days and is used as an impact sub.
The word on Montero in south Wales is he’s simply not up for the fight against relegation, so that may reveal some character flaws in the player.
It remains to be seen if Rafa Benitez thinks he can bring out the best in the player, who no doubt has world-class skills and speed, but like a number of will-o’-the-wisp players he is not consistent.
At Swansea he has played a total of 70 games with two goals and 11 assists and in his career he has played 297 games with 55 goals.
We have been linked with Montero in the last week, but whether Swansea would loan him out for the rest of the season remains to be seen – and he would need to step down a division at least for this season if he were to join the Magpies.
What do you think?