Thursday, July 03, 2008

His name is Jonas

Right, time for my two cents on our first signing of the summer...

It's a curious move, it has to be said, when (as ever) we're most desperate for quality defensive players. Fair play to the club for sniffing out and snapping up talent that could improve the side - and an Argentinian international could certainly do that - but the move would seem to underline that last season's 4-3-3 formation that fired us to safety was a matter of necessity and circumstance rather than choice as far as King Kev was concerned. Why else would he sign another winger when all three wingers on our books were sidelined at the end of last season - Damien Duff and James Milner with injury, admittedly, and Charles N'Zogbia out of favour? It does seem to pave the way for the sale of Milner to Villa once, as seems inevitable, they're flush with cash from the sale of Gareth Barry to Liverpool. I'd rather see Milner and N'Zogbia retained and Duff shown the door, but that doesn't look likely.

We shouldn't be expecting the next Ronaldo - his goalscoring record both in Spain and for his Velez Sarsfield back in Argentina was hardly impressive. But regardless of where exactly he'll play and how many times he'll find the back of the net, he'll certainly have to do better than the last of his compatriots to wind up on Tyneside, the largely ineffective Christian Bassedas, if he wants to win the fans over.

Gutierrez's former club is Real Mallorca, to whom we may or may not have paid a fee - I wonder if the forthcoming friendly match, or even perhaps Fat Fred's rumoured takeover, might have oiled the wheels of the transfer?

On those rare occasions he does score he's earned himself the nickname Spiderman for, er, donning a mask of the superhero. I think we should stick with his real name, and come up with a good chant using this as raw material. Can't be that hard, can it?


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