Jesus Gamez won't go down as one of Rafa Benitez's better signings. Far from it.
The defender, signed from Atletico Madrid, only made 10 appearances – seven of them in the league – for Newcastle United during his two years at St James's Park.
Yet fans bid Gamez a fond farewell on Twitter yesterday after the 33-year-old tweeted a goodbye message.
"It is time to say goodbye and specially THANK YOU," said Gamez. "Thank you all for these two seasons, thank you to our fans, to my team-mates to the club and all those who work there for daily support and for making my family and I feel like Newcastle is our home.
"I take back with me a beautiful experience, and a lot of friends and good memories which I will never forget. I will always hold you close."
Gamez – who played 266 league games for Malaga before joining Atletico in 2014 – had been a regular tweeter during his two seasons on Tyneside.
The former Spain Under-23 international hadn't been a regular player because of injuries and the form of DeAndre Yedlin at right-back.
However, it also became apparent that United manager Rafa Benitez wasn't entirely convinced by Gamez. He started only one Premier League game – the club's 1-0 win away to Swansea City – last season.
Gamez did well at the Liberty Stadium, but he was never a genuine challenger to Yedlin – or Paul Dummett at left-back.
And Benitez needs to recruit just such a challenger this summer.