Jonas Gutierrez seeks a new lease of life at Norwich City

Norwich City's new loan signing Jonas Gutierrez alongside Chris Hughton at the club's Colney training base. Picture: Norwich City FC Norwich City's new loan signing Jonas Gutierrez alongside Chris Hughton at the club's Colney training base. Picture: Norwich City FC

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
6:17 AM

Norwich City’s new loan signing Jonas Gutierrez is looking for a new lease of life after swapping Newcastle for Norfolk.

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Gutierrez completed a short-term deal on Monday until the end of the Premier League season and the Argentine international hopes his former boss Chris Hughton can help kick start a career that had stalled at St James’ Park. The 30-year-old is not eligible for Tuesday’s FA Cup third round replay at Fulham but he admitted it was not a difficult decision to cut his Tyneside ties after just one start this campaign for the Magpies.

“This has not been a normal season for me because I had played quite a lot in the past five seasons so it was a new situation for me not to be involved,” he told the club’s official site. “That is football but it can also change a lot. It will be strange to play for another team. I had a great time at Newcastle and I made a lot of friends so it will be different to go to another training ground and another stadium, but I want to start playing games.

“I know what the club is fighting for - to climb the Premier League table - so it is important for me to be here and try and do my best for the team. Personally I want to do the right things on the pitch and win my place and to work hard and then for the team to finish as high as we can. I know the manager here from our period together in Newcastle so he was one of the biggest points to convince me to come.”

Hughton expects the experienced midfielder to prove his worth after becoming his first signing of the January window.

“He has been here in England for five years so that means there shouldn’t really be any need for a settling in period, which is particularly important in January,” he said. “He can play on either flank and most would know him as that type of player and we have had problems in the wide areas with the games Anthony Pilkington and Elliott Bennett have missed through injury. We look forward to working with him. He is a very good individual and the Newcastle supporters took to him very much. This is a fresh challenge for the lad and it is also good to freshen up the squad because it is a difficult time to bring in players compared with the summer, but we are working hard.”

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23 comments

  • This is just what supporters of the Canaries wanted. A picture in the press of a grinning failing Manager with a strange looking middle aged man in a white bobble hat. Amateur hour.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • A one-sided, one paced, Argentinian with 2 appearances under his belt this season. Haven’t we already got one of them?

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    CharlieCrickless

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Likewise I do not believe the signing of one player will be the magic bullet to turn this season around. But ,if ,when he does kick a ball for City he does not play as a player of that standing ( at the peak of his career, 20 Argentine caps, bags of experience and guile) then he will be another disappointment. I would have been just as pleased to see a talented, inexperienced youngster with commitment, enthusiasm and something to prove rather than a so- called senior player who has little left to prove. You just cannot please me.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I agree with DaveG. A good player for Newcastle and if he does well then we can sign him permanently. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I am sure he is able to play at a reasonable level but the thing that disappoints me most is the fact that he is likely to keep or push yet more English players like Redmond, Pilkington and Murphy out of the Premiership. Yes I live in the past when we fielded a team mostly made up of local English players plus a few Scotsman but I see little point throwing money at a youth set up if we are then never going to give the lads a chance. It would be interesting to see Neil Adams field his team against that of CH.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Well, we can only "wait and see". That's the worrying thing, we can only attract other clubs' rejects with our style of play and lack of drive.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Kenfoggo - He's an Argentina international with 20 caps and at 30 pretty much at the peak of his career, with bags of experience and guile, something we're severely lacking. He also works his socks off every game. Are you so blinded by Hughton hate that you can't even recognise a good signing? I mean, come on. 2 to 3 seasons ago look at the players we could attract. Barnett? Ward? Morison etc? And now you're unhappy with a seasoned argentine international? Grow up.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Just what we need somebody who gets about in the midfield...and lets face it cant be any worse than what we have at moment!

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    dave123

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • MancCanary. Thanks for the advice, I am all grown up now, thanks. BUT, we have a seasoned international, at the peak of his career, with bags of creative guile. His name is Hoolahan , and he sits on the bench. If this new chap is so good, why can he not get a game with Newcastle? I hope that I am thrilled with his performance if we get to see him play, but as yet he has not kicked a ball for Norwich. And No. I am not blinded by hate for Hughton. I do, however, believe he is not fit for purpose and should be replaced. Can you honestly say that you believe he is the man to motivate our players? With the tactical appreciation and determination? How many more disappointing performances will it take before you appreciate that the negative style of play he encourages is just not entertaining and not worthy of your hard earned to get through the turnstiles. Supporters deserve more....I do hope Jonas is a good signing and I wish him well.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Oh, and the fact he hasn't played for the Toon this season I would suggest has a lot to do with his reported clause in his contract. This is Mike Ashley we're talking about. He doesn't want players over 30 who aren't French and getting more money. I think this is an absolute steal - I think we may just have found our new Huckerby...

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Good new. Makes far more sense as a loan signing, then maybe permanent if he does the business.

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hoolahan's development as a player on the bench is astounding. From a player that's always been on the edge of the Ireland squad that didn't create much against Wolverhampton and where the game only started improving after he was subbed off, he's now at least as good as a solid Argentine international who was part of a squad that made it to the quarter-finals of the 2010 world cup. I think Hughton should maybe leave him on the bench until our last five games as he should be at least as good as Lionel Messi by then and it'll be good to have that sort of quality available at that point.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • What is a fact is that his standard of quality as a player is up there towards the better end of our midfielders, he's got a real fighting spirit, he's experienced in a wide range of positions that offers us a lot of injury cover, and we're getting him for no transfer fee. This is a blindingly good deal. Unfortunately acknowledging it as such would involve giving some credit to our manager so probably won't happen.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Can remember Gutierrez playing for Newcastle at CR last year. Worked very hard as I recall and produced some decent balls into the box. Hope he proves to be a useful acquisition.....However why is he wearing my wifes bobble hat?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Very good el dingo!

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Shocking no1# the amount of people simply washing there hands of Hoolahan despite him being one of the few players who can actually create something out of nothing for us & no2# the amount of people mentioning him within an article about Jonas gutierrez who in no way shape or form has anything to do with Hoolahan or him being forced out because of Jonas arrival? They dont even play the same position. Shesh!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Mattias333, I was simply responding to kenfoggo's comments, I'd have happily stayed on topic. Hoolahan can work wonders, but it's far from guaranteed and he's not a magic bullet like some of the people criticising Hughton for not playing him all the time would argue, and I raised Wolverhampton as an example of that, and that was against Championship competition, not Premier League. But, as you say, back to the topic in hand. It's true that Gutierrez hasn't played as much at Newcastle this season, but it's a point of fact that 4 more games played for Newcastle would have a clause triggered for another three years at Newcastle, which I guess they decided didn't fit with their plans.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • He'll only buckle his swash for as long as it takes Hughton to tell him to stop, Jigs.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • A great signing. Hopefully his swashbuckling, attacking play will show players like Johnson what it means to do the talking on the pitch and not in the press.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Very good el dingo!

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Kenfoggo - He's an Argentina international with 20 caps and at 30 pretty much at the peak of his career, with bags of experience and guile, something we're severely lacking. He also works his socks off every game. Are you so blinded by Hughton hate that you can't even recognise a good signing? I mean, come on. 2 to 3 seasons ago look at the players we could attract. Barnett? Ward? Morison etc? And now you're unhappy with a seasoned argentine international? Grow up.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Mattias333 - completely agree with your post. Here's what I don't get: PL is reportedly interested in Wes. CH says all along that he isn't for sale. As yet, he's not been sold. People on here have a go at CH for wanting to get rid of Wes. Am I missing something? Obviously there are a lot of people of really have issues with CH, but I wonder whether their crusade to have him sacked might be better served if they reserved the criticism of him for genuine greavances? I think it says it all really that Norwich are signing a player (at an age where he should be in his prime) with more than a handful of caps for Argentina(!) and people are complaining. Some people have short memories. Don't forget where we've come from in an extraordinarily short space of time. I'm still Jenny from the Block...

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • One thing NCFC fans appreciate more than anything else is a player who puts a shift in an really battles while wearing the yellow and green. He didnt become that well liked by NUFC fans by being a complete waste of space because like us if the NUFC fans had seen anyone putting in less than 100% he wouldn't last long. Im not going to go to the other extreme of saying hes going to turn our season but hopefully if we can pull off a few other good deals it will go some way to turning our season around. Im certainly not going to slate the player before hes even kicked a ball.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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