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Nacho Gonzalez Anonymous For Uruguay – Just Like At Newcastle

Just watched the rather drab game between France and Uruguay which ended 0-0, and we didn’t even realize Ignacio “Nacho” Gonazalez was playing for Uruguay until he was substituted in the second half – and needless to say he had a very quiet game.

Nacho Gonzalez – while at Newcastle – appeared just twice as a sub

Ignacio Gonzalez of course arrived at Newcastle on the last day of the transfer market on September 1st, 2008, along with Spanish U21 striker Xisco, and the rest is Toon history as Kevin Keegan left the club, after he was not even told the players would be arriving.

It seemed like a certain cockney boy, Dennis Wise ran the show back in those drastic times at the Newcastle club.

In the game this evening Ignacio was completely anonymous, and we never even remember his name being called in the game by the commentators.

But of course he was more than anonymous on his season-long loan deal at Newcastle, where he appeared only twice as a substitute in September of 2008, and never ever played again for the Newcastle United club.

Ignacio suffered a serious Achilles injury, which were popular at Newcastle at the time with both Alan Smith and Mark Viduka also suffering from similar injuries at the same time.

Ignacio is a central midfield player and we could have used him in the relegation fight during the last few months of the 2008-2009 relegation season, but he never appeared again – and there was £1M, the loan fee we paid to his  Spanish club, Valencia down the drain.

It doesn’t appear like Ignacio’s career has got back on track at all since he left Newcastle last summer.

From what we can tell since the summer of 2008 he’s only played a handful of games, but it wasn’t always that way, and from 2002 until 2008 he played for Uruguayan side Danubio and appeared 170 times with 45 goals, and the club also play in black and white stripes.

Ignacio was sent out on loan to Greek side, Levadiakos FC earlier this year,  and he has yet to appear for his parent Spanish club Valencia, whom he signed for in the summer of 2008.

Why would Valencia buy him and never play him at all?   They probably have more money than good sense.

We have had emails from Uruguayan fans saying that Gonzalez would love to come back to Newcastle to make up for the season when he was almost a complete no-show – but we don’t think Newcastle will bother – do you?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • countrylad14

    Jun 11, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m just surprised he was on the pitch long enough for someone to get a picture of him in a Newcastle shirt! or is this photoshop? lol

  • jimiley

    Jun 11, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #2

    He is a footballer and we like to play headball

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 11, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Nacho is Shite.

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Jun 11, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #4

    We never got a good look at him to see if he was any good.

    When he left the club, Keegan said that ‘at least one player’ signed was not Premier League standard; its is widely thought that was Xisco.

    I don’t think we can blame the guy for Dennis Wise’s mistakes and then an achilles injury. I saw one of his two sub appearances, and he seemed decent enough, if nothing special.

    He had a good track record when we signed him. For every Jose Enrique or Jonas we sign, there is always likely to be a Xisco, who isn’t up to Prem scratch. He’s decent enough in La Liga, if a little goal light.

  • nightfa11

    Jun 12, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #5

    cant wait for sunday=) i hope eng & slovenia get through the group stage=D

    anyway…if u’ll all watch slovenia matches id like u to watch valter birsa (auxerre). he’s a winger, can play on both sides, has a great shot & puts a good crosses, is 24 & i think he could do a job for us. he has improved a lot over last season. got to the champions league with auxerre & his value is 2-2,5 million €.

    just a thought. keep an eye on him, ur keeper should=)

  • daniel...

    Jun 12, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #6

    to be honest i dont think he had such a bad game, definatly seemed better than our midfield when we where relegated.
    i noticed him on the team sheet and also the comentators mentioned him alot as he played well, they even mentioned that he used to play for newcastle

    you cant blame a guy for getting injured, he was and still is a good player we where just unlucky that he picked up one of the worst injuries for recovery time.

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jun 12, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #7

    actually he was good …better than smith or nolan

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jun 12, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #8

    nightfa11 …i would like that…even if i live in US i f**ken hate the team

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 12, 2010 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Well never really seen him play but has an ounce of creativity in him which we lacked when we went down.

    and badger……you mention xisco but he qouted at the time he held talks with keegan over a move and kegan persuaded him to come

  • singamagpie

    Jun 12, 2010 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Kinda shocked to see him too. But he didn’t do too bad… played in left mid and and a lot of touches on the ball. The thing about him is that he’s not an athlete who can run up and down the field attacking and defending or blessed with speed, he’s more of the attacking mid who lets others do the defending. Certainly doesn’t fit in the hustle and bustle of the BPL .

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 12, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #11

    as Smiley says he’s a footballer and we don’t play it on the ground sadly !

  • StuW

    Jun 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Yet again, a player is being branded a flop, but hasn’t played enough football to see if he is any good or not. At Valencia, he hasn’t played, but for them to pay the cash they must have seen something in him. He played 2 sub appearances for us, yet he is branded a flop. Same as Xisco, who has played a couple of games for us. He was first choice in the Spain u21 setup, so there is something there, we haven’t seen it. Although, he will undoubtedly be out of Newcastle, as Carroll has established himself as the Toon targetman.

  • montevideomag

    Jun 12, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Well Ed, I hope your understanding of Latin American football, i.e for your Times blog, can be more objective than this sad little tirade against “another flop” from Newcastle’s relegation season.
    I was in London during Newcastle’s relegation season and actually saw Nacho play for us in one of his only cameos of the season at West Ham. He did no worse than any other player on the pitch.
    Yesterday he was a typical South American playmaker, however playing slightly towards left midfield. No endless, clueless running around the whole field, rather a more controlled receiving and short passing game. Three times he put Forlan through in the first half, however, due to his position on the left side these final passes took Forlan away from goal.
    So Ed, being as a very long time reader to this site, I thought you were above this time of name/blame and shame type of article. Very disappointed that you still feel the need to “have a go”
    Careful what you say when Messi, Milito, Tevez et al have quiet games

  • Thump

    Jun 12, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #14

    “Anonymous” is a nice way to put it.

    Would like to see more from him in the WC, though.


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