Man behind the mask: Who is new Norwich City signing Jonas Gutierrez?

Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez  celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with his spiderman mask during the Coca Cola Championship match at St James Park, Newcastle in March 2010. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal with his spiderman mask during the Coca Cola Championship match at St James Park, Newcastle in March 2010. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
10:12 AM

Norwich City fans may have been hoping for Superman to turn their team’s fortunes around, instead Chris Hughton has turned to another superhero, Spiderman.

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Gutierrez factfile

■ Born: July 5, 1983, Saenz Pena, near Buenos Aires, Argentina

■ 2001-05: Velez Sarsfield - 99 games, 2 goals

■ 2005-08: Real Mallorca - 96/5

■ 2008-14 Newcastle - 196/11 (has only played twice this season, most recently in October

■ Argentina: 22 caps, one goal, debut v France in 2007. Was regarded as a key man when Diego Maradona was in charge.

Gutierrez has pulled out a Spiderman mask to celebrate goals in the past, saying the unusual celebration started after a cinema trip during his time at Real Mallorca.

A young boy asked the winger if he could score a goal for him and Gutierrez said he would put on a Spiderman mask, as that was the boy’s favourite film, if he did manage to score.

It may seem a silly sidenote, as Gutierrez has also received high praise from some of world football’s biggest names.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona once said Gutierrez was alongside four-time FIFA world player of the year winner Lionel Messi and midfielder Javier Mascherano as one of the first names on his teamsheet when he was manager of his country.

While Barcelona star Messi, speaking in August 2010, said: “The Premier League have not seen it yet but Jonas is one of the best players in the league,

“I know you guys have Rooney, Fabregas, Torres and many more stars – but Jonas is as good as any of them.

“I am backing him to show it this season. Maradona calls him one of the three most important players in the Argentina squad and I think he is right – that is how good he is.

“It takes time for a player to adjust to a new country and he has now been there long enough to show his true form.

“By the end of the season I would expect the very best teams in Europe to be trying to sign him.”

Gutierrez may not have quite managed to live up to that billing but after 196 appearances and 11 goals in just over five years at Newcastle, he still became a big favourite with Magpies fans.

That is largely due to the loyalty Gutierrez demonstrated during the 2009/10 season, when Newcastle had been relegated to the Chamionship.

With 41 appearances and four goals during that campaign, Gutierrez helped Newcastle run away with the Championship title, under the stewardship of the man who is now his boss at Norwich City, Chris Hughton.

Gutierrez said his decision to stay and fight with Newcastle was thanks to advice from Maradona.

“When the time came to decide whether or not I was going to stay I made my decision after speaking with Diego,” Gutierrez said in April 2010.

“He told me that everything would depend on how I was playing and not where I was playing and that added to the commitment the club showed to me made my mind up to stay.”

His form that season ensured he went to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with his country, starting two games and coming off the bench in another two.

But Gutierrez, now 30, was handed the last of his 22 caps for his country in October 2011 and looks unlikely to be heading to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

He now has the opportunity to get Premier League exposure once more after being reunited with Hughton in Norfolk, but will Norwich fans get to see the return of the Spiderman mask?

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7 comments

  • It sounds as though ,like our manager, that he enjoyed his finest hours at St James' Park.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Bit confused by the article. Not sure what its trying to achieve. Old quotes from people saying "I expect the best teams in Europe to be trying to sign him"....yet in 2013 no disrespect to us but hes at Norwich in a relegation fight?

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Very true! I cant recall anyone at any point saying whether RVW was our record signing. Wish someone somewhere could clear this horrid mess up. ;)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • You`re right about over-hyping there, Mattias. There is one thing I would welcome clarification on; the veracity of claims that Ricky van Wolfswinkel is Norwich City`s club-record signing. That subject has been kept pretty hush-hush. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Mattias ... Steely......give the bloke a chance 'ey?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Im fully giving him a chance :) Read my comments in the other 100 articles the EDP has published. Feel like im one of the few prepared to give him a chance rather than shoot him down before hes even kicked a ball. My comment was more aimed at the countless articles that keep coming out. This one is one dragging up comments from days gone by which clearly never became reality. Didnt understand what the point was is posting a Lionel Messi comment from years ago. Building him up to fail again maybe. The club over hyped RVW to the point where fans were moaning after 2 games about his NCFC goals tally.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Dunno about that Steely, Mike Ashley saw right through Hughton and co.He didn't like what he saw and outed him with no remorse whatsoever. Pity our spineless, anonymous board won't see sense or listen to the fans and do the same. H the H

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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