Keegan backing Gutierrez

Magpies boss tipping Argentine ace to shine

Gutierrez: The 'real deal'

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Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has labelled summer signing Jones Gutierrez the 'real deal'.

"Jonas is definitely the sort of player who can excite the fans."

Keegan on Gutierrez

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The Magpies snapped up the Argentine ace from Real Mallorca earlier this month on a five-year deal.

Often Newcastle's big-name foreign imports have failed to live up to expectations, but Keegan thinks Gutierrez will become a fans' favourite.

"Jonas is the real deal, he is not just somebody who has come and you think, 'He's a bit of a chancer'," Keegan told the club's official website.

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"He is proven and I think our supporters will like him. But that's for him to decide by his performances.

"However, Jonas is definitely the sort of player who can excite the fans. I think they will love him for a lot of reasons.

"But the main thing, apart from his pace, is that whoever plays up front will like him because he is a supplier of goals.

"Daniel Guiza, the guy who has just gone to Fenerbahce from Mallorca, won the Golden Boot in Spain, and that means he scored more goals than anyone else at the likes of Real Madrid.

"A key part of that was Jonas and the crosses he provided, and we have got that now."