By Danny Wright
Newcastle United fans were left delighted with the performance of Jesus Gamez after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Jamaal Lascelles’ second-half goal gave the Magpies their second win in-a-row but it was the performance of make-shift left-back Gamez who earned a lot of the plaudits after the game.
The 32-year-old is naturally a right-back but was called into action on the opposite side of the back four due to injuries to Paul Dummett and Chancel Mbemba.
Gamez was signed up by Rafa Benitez last summer from Atletico Madrid but injury plagued his first season a St. James’ Park as he only managed to earn seven appearances across all competitions while also finding himself behind DeAndre Yedlin in the right-back pecking order.
On Sunday, the Spanish defender was drafted into the team to earn his first Premier League appearance and he looked nowhere near out of his depth in what was a solid showing by the Magpies.
Fans were particularly impressed with Games and took to Twitter after the game to share their views on his performance.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Yeh we looked great defensively, I thought gamez did well considering he's never played and I think im in love with merino haha #nufc
— aarronrobson (@aarronrobson) September 10, 2017
Gamez was really good today, solid defensively and some clever passes going forward. #nufc
— Lewis (@FinallyYedlin) September 10, 2017
To say Gamez is in semi retirement, he is nearly 42 and hasn't played in about a year thought he was comfortable and kept things quiet #nufc
— Gianfranco Shola (@youmeandnufc) September 10, 2017
Thought Jesùs Gamez was top class today. Solid all day and offered a bit going forward. #nufc
— Bru (@SBru77) September 10, 2017
Can't be just me that thought Jesus Gamez was one of our best players today #Nufc
— Jonny Eves (@nufcJonny96) September 10, 2017
All those people saying we have not got a left back. Gamez was class today ????????????#nufc
— Wayne Black (@blackster_2008) September 10, 2017
Really impressed by Gamez today! Hope to see him start a few more!! #NUFC
— Kieran Parr (@KieranParr17) September 10, 2017
I was impressed with Jesus Gamez today! Seemed very calm and composed on the ball, good at defending and useful going forward too! #NUFC
— Lewis Turner (@lewy7) September 10, 2017
I thought Gamez was outstanding ???? ???? #NUFC
— Adam Staniforth ???????? (@adam_staniforth) September 10, 2017
— Matt Parkman (@Matthew_Parkman) September 10, 2017
Newcastle have been short of options at left-back for most of the season with Paul Dummett the only recognised player able to play in that position who features in Benitez’s plans.
In other Newcastle United news, fans raged after this player was dropped from the team to play Swansea.