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Jonás Gutiérrez

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Norwich Career: 2014 (on loan from Newcastle United)  (4 appearances)
Current Club: Independiente (Argentina)
Date of Birth: 05/07/1983 (Saenz Pena, Argentina)
Nationality: Argentinian

Biography

30 year old Argentinian international midfielder Jonás Gutiérrez joined Norwich City on loan from Newcastle on 13th January 2014 until the end of the 2013/14 season. He re-unites with Chris Hughton who was his manager at Newcastle.

A winner of the South American Youth Championships in 2003, he began his playing career with Velez Sarsfield with whom he won the Argentinian championship in 2005. He made 99 appearances for Velez. scoring twice before moving to Spanish side Real Mallorca in 2005.

After making 96 appearances for Mallorca, scoring five goals, he unilaterally rescinded his contract with the Spanish side, after invoking FIFA's Article 17 (commonly known as the Webster ruling) on 1st July 2008.

The following day, he signed a five year deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee. Gutiérrez made his debut for Newcastle United on the opening day of the 2008–09 season on 17th August 2008. In the game he impressed both fans and pundits as he helped his team to a 1–1 draw against title-holders Manchester United. Alan Hansen said on Match of the Day that Gutiérrez "was the most impressive Premier League debutant" on the opening day of the season.

He won the 2009/10 English Championship with Newcastle.

He signed a new four-year contract at Newcastle on 27th September 2011.

At th time of his transfer to Norwich, he had made 194 appearances for Newcastle scoring 11 goals. He also had 22 caps for Argentina, the first coming in February 2007 against France. He was part of their 2010 World Cup squad.

Gutierrez made his Norwich debut in the 1-0 win over Hull at Carrow Road on 18th January 2014. He made a total of four appearances whilst on loan to Norwich.

He missed a large part of the 2014/15 season after being treated for testicular cancer. Returning to the Newcatsle line-up, he scored in the 2-0 win over West Ham that secured their Premier League survival but days afterwards, he was released via a telephone call from interim manager John Carver.

On 1st September 2015, he signed a one year deal with Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. He made seventeen appearances in all competitions, with five of them in the starting eleven. On 6th September 2016, Gutiérrez signed a one-year deal with Defensa y Justicia before moving to Independiente on 10th July 2017. They are considered one of Argentina's big five clubs.


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