Jose Enrique has spoken today of his decision to quit Newcastle for Liverpool two seasons ago. The Spaniard has described that decision as ‘The best of my life’
There is no doubting that Jose was a huge fans favorite at Newcastle and his departure left a bit of a sour taste. It was well documented that Alan Pardew did his very best to keep the left back at Newcastle and was desperate to hold on to one of our stand out performers. It wasn’t meant to be as Jose ignored the contract extension on the table from the club and headed for Merseyside.
It was with a very heavy heart that Newcastle sold the classy full back, but it was clear that Jose’s heart was set on a move and his head was no longer in Newcastle United Football Club. I think the player played his part in getting us back to The Premier League following the disastrous relegation, he then stuck around and helped us maintain Premier League status the next season. As unpopular as it may be, I didn’t begrudge Enrique for his move. We had sold Andy Carroll the previous window and the player felt disillusioned. I felt he was our most consistent player up until that point and had given the club his best, which is all I want from any player.
Jose however made himself quite unpopular with Newcastle fans following his departure,claimed that Newcastle would never compete for the top 6 again. He questioned the Club’s ambition under owner Mike Ashley and insisted that he always wanted to join a club like Liverpool. Of course Newcastle went on to have a brilliant season last year exceeding everyone’s expectations with a top 5 finish, with the Club even battling for 4th spot on the final day of the season.
Unsurprisingly Newcastle fans were very vocal about the success we were enjoying and often liked to remind Jose where we were in the League. Chants of ‘Jose Enrique were in the top 6′ would often be belted around football stadiums as a reminder of the parting shot which turned out to be a slightly premature comment from the player. The crowd particularly got on Enrique’s back during the 2-0 home win over Liverpool last season. This being a fixture that saw the player end the afternoon in goal following Reina’s red card.
Jose was part of a more successful visiting Liverpool team on Saturday, I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone of the humiliation we suffered at St James’ Park last weekend. Following the fixture Enrique spoke to Liverpool TV about his switch from Newcastle to Liverpool, here’s what the left back had to say:
“Coming to Liverpool was one of the best decisions in my life, in terms of football,”
“Of course, I already played for a good club at Newcastle, but you can’t compare one club with the other in terms of history.
“I’m really happy with my decision to be here; it’s my second season and I’m playing a lot, like last year. I’m improving a lot as a player and a person as well.”
There has been a bit of debate on social network whether his comments are justified or not. Some would argue that he’s entitled to bring it up following the dog’s abuse the player has received since leaving Tyneside. Other’s would feel the player has no need to bring up the whole ‘I play for a bigger club’ comment, he got his move and he should keep his comments to himself. Jose had a great spell at Newcastle and was adored by the fans, yes there has been some banter but he should embrace the time he had here.
Of course there will be a third opinion on this which would be I couldn’t care less what a former player has to say, let’s concentrate on the game on Saturday-We certainly have to hope that’s where the current player’s heads are!!!
As always comments welcome.