Jonas Gutierrez has joined Norwich City on loan for the remainder of the season, after Chris Hughton raided his former club to land the Argentine.
Gutierrez has been in England since joining Newcastle United in the summer of 2008, for a fee believed to be in the region of around £7million. He has proven a popular player amongst the St James Park faithful, largely due to the commitment he showed in staying at the club despite their relegation at the end of his debut campaign.
However, the 30-year-old has cut something of a frustrated figure this season, having made just two appearances in the Premier League which equate to a little over an hour of playing time. Hughton can offer him regular action at Carrow Road, and the Norwich manager has raided his former employers to take the forward in a temporary deal.
“He’s somebody who will bring in experience,” Hughton told the official club website. “He’s been in England for five years, so there won’t be that settling in period that you would have with some other players. That’s important, particularly in January when you need players that can go straight into the squad. Jonas can play on either flank and in a central position, so he’s a very welcome addition and we look forward to working with him.”
Gutierrez, who has not played for his country since October 2011, is likely to go straight into the Canaries side for the home match against Hull City on Saturday afternoon. This is a game Norwich will certainly have identified as one they must win, as they look to claw themselves away from the wrong end of the table. Following the 2-0 defeat at Everton, they are now in 15th position and just two points above the relegation places.