Newcastle Could Now Move For Jefferson Montero


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?

Comments welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    No

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  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Belfast // Jan 25, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Jib
    I know you always like to look on the bright side of life, BUT but but but – Mike Ashley owns a helicopter and can travel from one end of the country to the other end in 1 hour. So only being 15 minutes from Brentford means jack shit in the grand scheme of things.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Still think Townsend will come, all these other names being mentioned are just to put the squeeze on Palace and pretend we have other options.

    I would rather wait til,summer if it meant we get top PL quality players, rather than getting a couple in now who are Championship/lower PL quality. Loans right now would make sense if that was the longer plan.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    15bettyswallocks // Jan 25, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Ancient C……. Why would Benitez do the negotiating for players? This is a full time job during this period and not what he does. He identifies the players he would like in conjunction with the scouts and then hands it over to Charnley whose job it is to put the deal together.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #5

    I would agree with you if he was a bin man from Tooting like but the chopper being handy makes it possible to travel to any ground he wants if he fancies it.

    And he’d still get a lie in.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #6

    What’s next if we can’t sign this lad. Turn our attention to Sigurdsson next post

    YAWN!!!!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Expat…… Ok That’s the bet confirmed. I’m sure there will be a way of you getting the money to the foundation when you lose. Lol.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Betty

    No probs. Happy tp pay up if proved wrong hut we are ralking about senior squad players and not devrlopment swuad kids here

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Betty

    Just checked the SBR foundation website and looks fine to donate from Oz……..think I will donate anyway regardless of who wins the bet.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t know who would be the best one to sign from Swansea. Montero was really hot when he first arrived but seems to have faded of late maybe due to injury. Barrow is one that needs to establish himself and hopefully will develop under Rafa.

    I would have expected more background info.and input from the Welsh fraternity. Jib???

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Expat……. Yes senior squad members on loan or paid for in full.

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  • martoon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12

    I have to say of all the players we have been linked with recently the only ones I would be happy to see here are Townsend and McCarthy. The others don’t seem to be any better than most of our squad players.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Off to bed….Australia day celebrations tomorrow so 26 degrees and bright sunshine…..breakfast on the beach foreshore at 8am

    Suffer you cretins……..lol

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  • TyneMouth

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #14

    I hate the winter transfer window. Wenger made a good point last week, transfers should only happen between seasons, (possible exception being goalkeepers,)

    The players a manager kicks off the season with are those who complete the season. That is what managing is all about, judgment, strategy, tactics and intelligence.

    To win, or simply survive a season, should not rely on a cheque book in January.

    If we don’t buy or loan any players this month, and achieve promotion, then our trust in Rafa will be vindicated. Remember last January we were one of the biggest spenders, how did that work out?

    Recruiting new players can disrupt a dressing room, and the one certain positive factor about the current team, it’s a TEAM!

    We may not bring in new faces, it’s not the end of the world. Be careful what you wish for.

    Ps. There is one week left, this is when the real fun starts. Know what I mean ‘arry…

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Expat

    I hope you pisss the bed lol

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  • AncientC

    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #16

    betty: I am not saying you are wrong, I suspect you are in fact correct. I am pointing out, that if Charnley is buying players under Ashley’s remit, then nothing much has changed since Keegan won his constructive dismissal case.

    Benitez may have a hand in identifying the players he wants, but if Charnley under the direction of Ashley has the final say, how much control does Benitez really have over transfers?

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Belfast
    You’ve never been in a helicopter have you.
    Ask Jail if you can get from the South coast to the Scottish borders in an hour.
    Ha ha ha
    😀

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Montero has had flashes of serious brilliance. As did Sissoko but he was unreliable…and then Benitez came in and got a good patch of form from him turning him into a huge asset (and huge cash). Another manager may not be able to get much out of him, but it’s possible that Benitez could turn him around as he has done a number with some of our players (e.g. Sissoko, Townsend, Shelvey, Gouffran, etc.).

    Wouldn’t be a bad shout if the Swans are willing to sell. We do need wingers as Ritchie can’t play every game and Gouffran doesn’t really have the ability to move up to the Prem. That leaves us with just Ritchie (and maybe Atsu and maaaaaaybe Aarons/Ameobi in the future) as a Prem-level winger.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    The more players we are linked with the better…in the hope that somewhere out of the fog we will secure those that we really want and who will add the energy and skill that we need to secure promotion pdq

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #20

    The bottom line is
    We have enough to get us over the line in May.

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #21

    line twice
    mmmm bad

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Ancient C………. The Remit from Ashley is to get the best possible value for every pound spent by the club. I can’t see anything wrong with that.
    The final decision on which player we sign is made by Rafa with suggestions and info. provided by the scouting team as he has clearly stated and re confirmed .
    The negotiating for said player with the other club and all the posturing with agents regarding signing on fees , salaries and commissions is done by Charnley maybe with advice from Ashley .

    Rafa couldn’t possibly be hands on on with all the complicated discussions that surround this tacky business as he would have no time to coach and set up the team. This job is best left to those that are more comfortable in the cesspit that is the transfer business.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #23

    I obviously wasn’t talking about the Scottish borders. You get my point though. He was at the Birmingham game the week before. He can go to any game if he fancies it.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Can some one wake me up after the transfer b0llocks is over.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Betty, going by what you are stating: Rafa will only have the final say, after Charnley has agreed deals (for players Benitez likes) that fit Ashley’s remit. Ashley getting veto power first.

    Managers in the past have been able to deal with the transfer side of ‘managing’ a club. I don’t see why Benitez shouldn’t have that control, or indeed, not want it.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Seems like we are trying to raid a team of players that aren’t good enough to keep Swansea in the league. This seems rather counter productive to sign these players if we are potentially (definately 🙂 lol) going to the exact league that they are struggling in. The only confiding factor is that Benitez may work his magic, but many seem to be forgetting that we dropped down a league. Was it Benitez that turned Shelvey, Gouffran etc… Into better players? Or the fact that we dropped down into an easier division? I’m not saying it wasn’t Benitez, but maybe this is something worth looking into. He definately helped Townsend, but he was playing well for Spurs at one point. I guess what I’m saying is, do you guys really think Benitez could turn Barrow or Montero into consistently decent performers in the Prem? Just a thought.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Were not in any desperate need to sign players, and there is logic in going for loan deals to bring in cover.

    If we buy players now on 3-5 year contracts then we will be stuck with them when we go up, this will limit Rafa on the number of players he can bring in for his assault on the premiership.

    Once promoted and with Rafa in charge we will be a very attractive prospect for new players, but if the squad is full we simply can’t buy them, well not unless they are under 21.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #28

    So Palace have agreed fees for PVA and Brady whilst already have Schlupp brought in. Sako and Zaha coming back soon with Puncheon and Townsend already there…plus Samba is meant to be joining on a free thats a lot of options

    By my count though they have 29 (if Brady, PVA and Samba join) who need to be registered admittedly there are some pretty average players who they could just send to the reserves but they’d still be paying for them

    The players that are heavily linked away are Townsend, Cabaye and Mandanda (Id imagine are some of the biggest earners as well) so they will have to balance their squad ud think

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Ancient C……… You really are missing the point here. Ashley has no input into which players we sign as he knows f..k all about football.

    He has left Rafa to manage the club with Charnley doing the admin. under the instruction to negotiate hard and get the best deals for the club. That’s it and Rafa has signed up for it and is happy to get on and do his job.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Essex Geordie Bill
    if it wasn’t for this window the blog would be dead
    !!!!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Ancient C……. I just realised after writing that last post that you are on the wind up. Well done you done me like a kipper. Hahaha.

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  • TyneMouth

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #32

    The financial negotiations related to player transfers, in and out of the club, are the job of the office of the chief financial officer, in this case Charnley.

    Identifying the player is the responsibility of the executive in charge of football related affairs, Rafa’s job description.

    Incidentally; Charnley, who was despised by most on this blog, (with good reason) has worked very well for Rafa. The ‘clear-out’ last summer was very good, top dollar for the dead-wood, and realistic fees and salaries for the new boys. Books balanced, and cash in hand.

    Rafa plays his cards close to his chest, he talks in generalities, ‘…one I really like…’ and no ‘ We are trying to get xyz over the line…’

    Rafa has said that nothing has changed, and yet there are people ‘claiming’ that Ashley is interfering, without a scrap of evidence.

    There is no doubt that Ashley has ‘previous’ but why would he rock the boat now? The man is a hard-nosed businessman, most billionaires are, but he’s not stupid. He has got lucky with Benitez, there was no other manager who could have even come close to Rafa’s success this season…

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib – just to save you a Google search Ive obtained a link for you.
    You may be

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Hibbit you’re dead right there mate , just thought I’d chuck my twopennorth int the general melee. 🙂

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  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Essex Geordie Bill

    no matter which side of the fence we sit on all we want is a bit of action to bring the place back to life

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  • TyneMouth

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Ashley’s nearest heliport is probably Hendon. Battersea to Tyneside, the last time I flew, was about 100 minutes, the same time it would take Ashley to be driven from North London to Brentford on a Saturday lunch time.
    Just saying…

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #38

    still no players in

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  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #39

    C’mon Ed, you’re flying kites now with this Montero speculation.

    As Rafa’s said to look in on the Blog, maybe we should be banging the drum to recruit a Shelvey-like player. It’s as clear as day that our form dipped and points were lost as a result of Shelvey’s absence.

    I appreciate the need for financial control, but surely Ashley must see that by not allowing an investment in what could prove to be a key player such as McCarthy, he’s jeopardising our chances of an automatic promotion this year. For the sake of spending a few millions, he’s running the risk of the Club missing out on potentially hundreds of millions. Even Ashley must see the risks and if so, is he refusing to sanction spend to miss out on promotion – setting Rafa up to fail? Are Rafa’s ambitions for Newcastle United too great for Ashley’s comfort?

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  • lesh

    Jan 25, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #40

    TyneMouth

    Yes, in most cases, the CEO/ FD defines budgets and authorises spend – up to a point where an owner, say, needs to authorise it. Charnley won’t have carte blanche to do as he wants, that’s for sure.

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