The Jesus question
Jesus Gamez was an unused substitute on Friday night as Newcastle went down 1-0 in a surprise defeat to Fulham.
Paul Dummett putting in an abysmal performance, offering nothing going forward and often left trailing by an opponent when defending.
This weekend subsequently brought widespread reports that Newcastle were in talks with Everton to arrange a loan deal for their reserve left-back, Brendan Galloway.
The 20 year old had a breakthrough season in the last campaign, making 15 Premier League appearances (14 of them in the starting eleven) in the first half of the season, only for Leighton Baines to return from injury and from January onwards Galloway didn’t get another minute on the pitch in the Premier League.
An exciting quick full-back, Galloway would be a real asset and certainly looks a major step up from Paul Dummett, but the question then would be – what about Jesus Gamez?
When he arrived this summer, the Atletico Madrid player attracted a lot of attention.
Aged 31 he was a signing that obviously smashed any thoughts that Mike Ashley’s daft age restrictions on signings would remain under Rafa, plus there was the quality of the player. Playing almost his entire career in La Liga, Gamez had also played for both Atletico and Malaga in the Champions League, captaining the latter.
Able to play on either side, I think the belief of most Newcastle fans was that such an experienced quality player would be a starter at either left-back or right-back.
However, if Newcastle do follow through with a loan deal on Brendan Galloway, then Everton will surely have an expectation that he plays regularly.
Whilst on the other side, Daryl Janmaat is surely going to be first choice unless he moves this month, against Fulham he looked back to something like his best and was arguably Newcastle’s best player – confident and composed on the ball in sharp contrast to the likes of Anita and Colback who were very poor.
Surely Jesus Gamez should get a start on Saturday against Huddersfield and then Rafa can take it from there, having a player of the quality of Jesus Gamez standing by as Paul Dummett struggles so badly, doesn’t make any sense at all.
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