Norwich City confirm loan signing of Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez
16:47 13 January 2014
Norwich City have confirmed the loan signing of Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez.
The Argentine international has joined on an initial deal until June 30 but is not eligible for the club’s FA Cup third round replay at Fulham on Tuesday night.
Gutierrez admitted the prospect of regular first team football was a big draw after falling down the pecking order at St James’ Park.
“I’m happy to be here. It’s an opportunity for me to get back in the game and to try and do my best for the team,” he told the club’s official site. “Personally I want to do the right things on the pitch and win my place, and then for the team we want to finish as high as we can. It’s a tough league, all the games are difficult, but we have a good opportunity.”
Hughton admitted earlier in the day at his preview press conference ahead of the Cottagers’ trip that Gutierrez would be a useful addition to his squad.
“He has a great worth ethic and can play in predominantly two positions although he has been used right across midfield,” he said. “He is a good individual, very much a team player, a hard worker. He is a flexible player that can operate in a few positions. He is somebody who has played in the Premier League and been here for five years now. Kevin Keegan signed him I think. I arrived there in the February and he came in the summer (of 2008).
“He is a player of experience and he is an Argentine international who has played nearly 200 games now here in England so he brings experience and quality.”