The Jose Enrique debate.

Enrique - Distracted?
There is no doubt that Jose Enrique has been one of Newcastle’s most consistent performers in the last couple of seasons.

The Spaniard has made quite a name for himself this season and has seemingly caught the eye of several big clubs with his outstanding performances and regularly draws praise for his ability from pundits and fellow professionals alike.

Jose was signed by former boss and egomaniac Sam Alladyce. The left-back arrived on Tyneside for a hefty fee of ยฃ6.3 million and naturally big things were expected from the player to justify his price tag and wages. Jose had to be patient and bide his time before breaking into the starting line up. He often saw winger Charles N’Zogbia preferred at left-back during much of Fat Sam’s reign.

During Newcastle’s Championship Tour Enrique was arguably our best player of the season, with a string of fine performances including his lone goal in English football against Nottingham Forest at St James’ Park. Jose has brought that fine form into this season and has proved that he can deal with whatever the Premier League throws at him.

Naturally, excellent performances and consistency gets players noticed by rival clubs. Jose has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan in recent months. Rumours even suggested that a deal to take Enrique to Liverpool had been agreed and the player would be heading to Anfield this summer, although the claims were dismissed later by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

Jose Enrique is a player who has said before that he would be happy to remain at Newcastle for the rest of his career. Jose has always had a great relationship with the Newcastle fans and has had great things to say about the club. Seemingly now the situation has changed slightly and there’s a chance the his head could have been turned. Let’s face it, even if Enrique was saying to us everyday that he wanted to stay here for the rest of his career we’d have to take it with a pinch of salt.

We had a local lad who wanted to stay at Newcastle and be a local hero like Alan Shearer, wear the number 9 and be a legend. That same player handed in a transfer request when Liverpool offered him more money. My point there being Andy Carroll seemingly spoke to the press every week assuring us that he was where he wanted to be and he wouldn’t leave. In that case talk was cheap and January 31st 2011 proved that.

Before I go any further I’m not discussing Andy Carroll’s murky transfer to Liverpool because that’s done with, my point merely being footballers will say one thing and do another.

Back to Enrique, whether or not he intends to discuss a new deal with the club in the summer is the only thing that matters in the longer term, but at the moment the concern is how he performs now when selected for Newcastle. Jose has come under a bit of fire from some supporters in recent weeks, with some believing the player has looked out of character and a bit uninterested in the cause.

People were quick to criticise Enrique for his performance against Blackpool on Saturday. He didn’t have the best of games on Saturday and was arguably to blame for their equaliser. He was positioned badly for a corner and was stood behind the line rather than on it when DJ Campbell headed home. Jose did get to the ball but like Enrique himself the ball was over the line.

Myself and Toonsy had noticed at the Stoke game that the left-back looked a bit distracted and like his mind was elsewhere and since then he hasn’t looked his usual self. Could it be that the player is just going through a poor run of form? It happens to the best of footballers. Or could Jose have his mind on a summer move?

I have been reading some interesting thoughts and views on Twitter. It seems fans opinion is divided on Jose’s attitude. What do you think?

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93 thoughts on “The Jose Enrique debate.

  1. Bobby…looks like some of the lads are taking umbrage to your style mate… ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    could you let us in on your knowledge about the salaries beeing paid at the toon…I’m really curious too by the way ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†


  2. I hope you are right Stuart…. I really thought Taylor was gone but they got that deal over the line… Hopefully it’s the same for Jose!


  3. [email protected]….if Jose really said that about Chris Houghton then that doesn’t bode well for the toon…..At the same time though, managers change all the time, they are even less loyal than the players in many cases….why should Jose spit his dummy out just cos Houghton got toasted ? He plays for the black and white stripes and the fans at the end of the day…


  4. @Stuart

    Maybe. would you blame him if AC Milan or Bayern came in and he wanted to join them? I wouldn’t.

    The only thing that would give us a chance of keeping him is the support from our fans, a lot of whom have turned on him for, imo, no valid or concrete reason.


  5. Maybe Joses’ reps are drumming up all this BS to secure the best possible deal for him…. All this rumour and hearsay can only work in his favour come contract negotiation time??


  6. Look, if AC Milan or any other top European club came in for any of our players it would be difficult for them to not have their head turned. But it shouldn’t matter to NUFC who the buying club is, if we want to build something we should be saying “not for sale, now fck off”.


  7. Unless of course we get offered ridiculous money.

    I would only sell Enrique for ยฃ15m, unless he made it pretty clear he wasn’t going to sign a new contract (the scenario I think will happen) if that’s the case I’d let him go for ยฃ10m.

    Tiote on the other hand has years left on his contract wouldn’t sell him for less than ยฃ25m.


  8. Thats the problem right there Stuart… The club can tell other clubs to feck off, but if a player hands in a transfer request or refuses to resign… what do you do….


  9. [email protected]….agreed mate, if we wanna build something we should tell the club coming sniffing to Foxtrot Oscar…There is however the risk of the club and fans start to suffer from squeaky butt syndrome cos they know the player is coming to the end of his contract and can in theory pick and chose themselves. I mean at the end of the day we “poached” Gosling from Everton in this way….we cannot therefore complain when someone has been getting in Jose’s lug for the last 6 months and turning his head…. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    Of course if the internal wrangings of a club are semingly chaotic, regularly sacking managers, selling prolific strikers etc, then the players still at the club start to think wtf is going on here…I’m toast….no matter how much your earning….or they stay loyal…


  10. Aussie Magpie Fan
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    Thats the problem right there Stuartโ€ฆ The club can tell other clubs to feck off, but if a player hands in a transfer request or refuses to resignโ€ฆ what do you doโ€ฆ.

    If a club’s been stupid enough to let the players contract run down they deserve what they get, otherwise transfer request or not, tell them they have a contract, we’re trying to build something special and their an integral part of it. So sorry but you’re staying.


  11. CC-Think you make a good point about Hughton being fired possibly having an influence, I’m certain of nothing, and its obvious Carroll was a greedy c*nt, but it would have been interesting to see if Hughton could have convinced him/enrique to stay. Presumably he had a hand in keeping our “stars” when we got relegated anyway..


  12. @stu79
    These bloggers don’t get it.
    They have noodles for brains. ๐Ÿ˜›


  13. Toonsy @25….was he not being linked with the bindippers way before the Stoke game tho?….and regardless of which you can’t really say he looks like he wants away because of body language from 1 game……like you I think he’ll go but I don’t think we can say it’s affected his game, he’s been poor when the teams been poor and even then he’s been far from being the worst player imo


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