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Reyes Would Find Newcastle Tough Going

As we had reported a few days ago Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has identified Jose Antonio Reyes as a potential summer transfer target.


Jose Antonio Reyes – too cold in Newcastle for Spanish star?

The former Arsenal striker has been linked with a move back to the Premier League by the Spanish media after a very poor season with Athletico Madrid, where he has failed to score in all his 24 games.

His poor form has cost him his place in the Spanish National side and he may be available for just £5M, which seems a bargain price for the talented player. But it seems he would like to move back to the Premier League in an attempt to revitalize his career.

The problem we have with Kevin signing Reyes is we just don’t think Jose will be able to settle in Newcastle. When he was in London he didn’t like the weather or the food, and it’s unlikely he’s going to be a lover of black pudding, especially if he ever finds out what’s in it.    😀

And that cold wind coming in off the North Sea is none too warm either. We’re sure Keegan could bring the best out of the former Arsenal winger, no doubt about that, but it’s far colder in Newcastle than in London, even if he wears two pairs of gloves and thermal underwear.

Reyes scored 16 goals in 69 appearances for Arsenal after joining from Seville for £10.5M in 2004 but returned to Spain two years later, first of all with Real Madrid, after complaining of homesickness and the poor English weather.

But if Jose would be willing to come to Newcastle, with no European competition again next season, we’d still welcome the move, and hope that the warmth of the Newcastle people and fans will be enough to make him feel more at home in Newcastle than he was in London.  That’s always a good possibility.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Pete

    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    don’t want him. he wears gloves

  • Hadji

    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Ouu come on its not as if we’re Cska Moskow or something.He’ll get use to the weather,he was using the weather as an excuse cause he wasn’t regular in Arsenal.
    KK will resurrect him here that’s for sure.

  • KKN39

    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    no kidding … just meaningless gossip … if i were KK i’d rather try to convince Zog to stay and revitalize Duff by all possible means rather than waste more time and money for another talented but homesick whinger. if we ever need another left sided attacker McGeady is by far the most obvious option

  • Hadji

    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Pete…Emre wears gloves too.. so what,are you into fashion business 🙂

  • Rob Kirton

    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Hadji: Don’t want to say the obvious. Emre is soft as clarts as well :0)

  • Hadji

    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    True..but what’s that has to do with the gloves.Just check Mancini from Roma,is he a clart too.Some people can’t take the cold like most English people do.Try put Ramage to play in Equador league,he would melt like a snowman.

  • Knightbobmoncur

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Why do we want reyes? goal average 1 in every 4.5 games???
    I agree withKKN39 we should be trying to make NZoggy stay, get rid of Duff and pick up decent young cover for Nzoggy!!

    Reyes isnt a skillfull player, doesnt score enough goals, his only asset is his pace!

    we need someone who will chip in with skill, pace, creativity and goals, a Ronaldo type player to float behind the front 2 or 3 or whatever.

    Players we need IMO:

    1 Striker 20 goals a season (hunntelaar)
    1 Attacking Midfielder 10 – 12 goals a season (Bentley)
    1 Creative Midfielder (Modric)
    1 Centre Half (Kompany/Lucio)
    2 wingers/wingbacks (Bridge/Alves)

    6 players.

    Get rid of Carr / Duff / Ramage / Cacapa / Rozenhal / Smith.

    Maybe bring in an extra couple of players if we can offload this lot.

  • scott9

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    would be an exellent aquition if we could get the best out of him with all they assists he gets and he has got great pace and skill . however if london was too cold then i cant see him coming to tyneside hahahaha

  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    reyes will come and just waste us just like duff,if i were kk i would convince zog to stay and sign a new contract rather than signing some other part of the land downfall

  • Zx

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope he has matured from his time at both the Madrid clubs. He is still young and he has plenty of potential. However, do note that this is just speculation, he could be just one of the many targets so don’t get carried away.

  • Michael

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree with Knightbobmoncur: We need a striker who bags 20 goals a season and amidfielder who scores 10-12 goals a season.

    The modern game demands that a top 4 team has a Midfielder who scores 10-12 goals a season or in combination from all midfield at least 12-18 goals a season. Any less then that you are not going to be a contender. A good manager would benchmark what the top teams are doing and try to copy applying your unique strengths where applicable.

  • marcus owen

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #12

    not more than 3 million.

  • Michael

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Reyes may end up another Luque. Madrid reject then comes to Newcastle for a huge pay day then complains about lack of football and wants a move to Barcelona.

    No! He could not cut it in the premier league under Wenger who can make a bad player look good. Reyes failed there, he would not cope here.

  • HeronMag

    Mar 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    People seem to forget that only a few years ago Jose Reyes was one of the hottest prospects in Europe. I acknowledge he’s had a poor season at Athletico, but to me he was always a winger and never a striker.

    KK has always got the best out of his attacking players. If we signed Reyes I would be pleased. Newcastle have had some great temperamental players over the years… Tino, Ginola, Robert. Why not Reyes?

  • Mson

    Mar 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    would play him as left winger if we get him, hes just not good enough as striker. sell duff and bring reyes

  • iain

    Mar 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    id rather we gambled on young players with talent than numerous players who have previously failed in the pl (esp ones who have played for clubs where its easier to succeed than ours) nad no players whos best days are behind them.

    NO THANKS risse/reyes.

    its that kind of attitude that has got us into this mess.

  • iain

    Mar 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #17

    “People seem to forget that only a few years ago Jose Reyes was one of the hottest prospects in Europe”

    having played for sevilla/arsenal and both madrids in that short period of time. its easy to imo say that its consistent proof reyes is consistantly not performing and unwilling to make the effort needed to succeed at the highest level.

    you cant blame the weather/culture for his crappness in madrid can you.

    hes talented but so was luque and even in spain he regrarded as lazy and tempremental.

    how many players do we have that dont live up to expectations yet here we are possibly chasing a player that sums up everything thats wrong with the type of players we sign.

  • Davies

    Mar 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t bother. Try to find a better talent that isn’t a prima donna.

    I see Hughes is still saying Bentley isn’t for sale.

  • iain

    Mar 28, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    a creative mf player we could get imo is torinos allesandro rosina

    just broke into the italian national team.


    Mar 28, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Could be a nice Spanish connection down the left with Enrique who would help Reyes Settle in as well.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Soft lad !

    Don’t believe the papers !!!!!!!!!!!

    Just wait and see, I can’t see MA being a soft touch and accepting people at the club who come just for the money any more.

    KK will look for some flair and he’ll find it.

  • Yorkie Dave

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Food wouldnt be a problem. my cousin co owns the spanish retaurant 100yards from SJP ..EL COTO..so after a match to the strawberry for some brown ale then onto el coto for some spanish food!!

  • Lee

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Black pudding – you know in Spain they eat Morcilla – which is a tastier version of black pudding? So, that is one thing he may actually enjoy of the North-East.

  • broon ale

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #24

    another albert Luque

  • Leo

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    reyes or mcgeady… hmmm

  • Knightbobmoncur

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Mcgeady is probably a better bet.
    Though untried in EPL, at least he would give it a decent go, unlike Reyes did!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GP

    Mar 28, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Watch the Old Firm derby tomorrow, McGeady will be quiet all game and you’ll see we should seek other targets.

  • nightfall

    Mar 28, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #28

    damn….our priority should be a world-class DMC…

  • Elliott

    Mar 28, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m sorry this would be a classic toon mistake, signing a player on the wane, already with a dodgy attitude, on massive wages, who’s played for bigger and better clubs and will see the move as a step down. Will we never learn.

    We want players who need to show what they can do and will be excited about coming for whatever reason, I can’t see that in Reyes. Sorry

    I’d go for Petrov at City or the lad at Celtic.

  • Thaitoon

    Mar 29, 2008 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #30

    If Wenger can’t make him good I doubt Keegan will make a differance. Get someone else.


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