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Spanish Youngster Enrique Coming to Newcastle

9:15 pm, Friday, August 3rd, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 82 Comments

Surprising news from Sky Sports is that Newcastle have agreed a deal for Villarreal full-back and Spanish Under-21 International Jose Enrique.

The fee is expected to be around ₤4M and it will go through – since it has now been published on the Villareal club web site.

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Jose Enrique

Although not yet officially completed this will be the third signing for Sam within hours since he has also completed the transfers of Alan Smith from Manchester United for about ₤4M (we believe this is more accurate than the ₤6M fee reported – Manchester United have not actually disclosed the fee), and Brazilian center-back Claudio Cacapa on a free transfer earlier this evening. 31 year-old Claudio has signed a two-year deal at the club with an option for a third year and has been given the number 6 shirt. Both these signings have been well recieved by Newcastle fans who are also relieved that the big breakthrough in the transfer market has finally been achieved.

One good thing about this signing is that Newcastle seem to be getting a mix of young up-and-coming players to balance with the older players being brought in because of their experience. That’s really good for the future because they’ll only get better and we can get them for less money when they are still unproven in the big time.

It is also expected that Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic, who is a left sided defender (center-back or left-back) who is currently at Sevilla will also join the club imminently. Ivaca, who is a fan of Alan Shearer has already said today he would like to join Newcastle and a fee of around ₤2.5M has reportedly been agreed with Sevilla.

Villarreal have officially confirmed on their website that terms have been agreed for Enrique to move to Newcastle – so as we mentioned earlier this deal will now definitely happen.

The Spanish club have not yet disclosed the fee, but reports are that Newcastle will be willing to pay £4M for the youngster. The first thing that tells us is that Sam believes this boy has a bright future because Allardyce doesn’t pay out that kind of money for poor players. Jose made a big impression during his debut season at Villareal who are reported to be reluctant to accept the bid. Seems like the Newcastle bid could have been too good for them to turn down.

In fact Enrique, who is 6′ tall, only joined Villareal last season and at that time signed a 5-year contract with the Spanish side. He is now expected to sign a 5-year deal with Newcastle and join the revolution that is gathering speed at the club under new manager Sam Allardyce, new owner Mike Ashley and new chairman Chris Mort.

José Enrique Sánchez Díaz (known as José Enrique) was born 23rd January 1986 in Valencia, Spain. He joined El Madrigal in 2006 after spending the previous season (2005/06) on loan at RC Celta de Vigo, where he appeared 14 times in the Primera División. His previous club before joining Valencia was Levante UD, but he never appeared in their first team. Jose is a left-sided defender who usually plays in the left-back position.

Jose will be Sam’s 7th signing for the club this summer – and everyone of them appear to be good buys for the club.

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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82 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AlexW // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    I heard it was a 6 year deal, so this kid must be great, WOOHOO today wat a day

  • 2 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    dont know much about this guy, but if Sam has faith so do i!

    Skysportsnews TV also reporting that Dyers move to the Hammers has stalled over a dispute regarding the fee, any news on this yet Ed?

    Skysports are spinning that itll be good for NUFC to keep him, but i just want to see the back of him… id rather have someone like Diop of Gudjonsen… but regardless we really need a LB.

    Sams making us all wait but hes gonna pull off something spectactular next week… i hope.

  • 3 Gary // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Hehe, reported this almost an hour ago

  • 4 Jon Armann // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    hey guys, im from iceland, and im a BIG fan of NEWCASTLE, past couple of years have been depressing, but now im so excited for next season, this revolution is so great, and i think Newcastle will have 2-3 best buys next season, forexemble, Joey “da man” Barton hehe, Alan smith and Gerami…….Hooway the lads, i hope i will see u all in st james this winter …….

  • 5 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    nufc.co.uk – Capaca offical Newcastle Player, and this time hes smiling for real with a toon shirt on infornt of the famous coat of arms.

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1084648,00.html

    what a day…. what a day…

  • 6 t-g-w // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    This has been the best day for NUFC for as long as I can remember… ACtually this is probably the biggest day since we signed Owen.

    I know nothing about his young LB but hopefully he will adapt well – would still like to see Drago come in though, a RB, Diop and a Goalkeeper now Krul has gone on loan.

    For those who believed in Big Sam, well done. For those who doubted (and I did on the transfer front for a tiny moment!), he has proved us all wrong. He is a great man manager and has pulled off the transfers we so desparately needed. I will be more than happy if the squad stays as it is, but if we add the players I mentioned above we will be laughing!

  • 7 Tim // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Been a good day for us Toon fans! Glad we finally have some defensive cover on the books & with Jose Enrique more than likely to join it seems Big Sam is working his magic! Think Alan Smith will prove a vital player as well especially linking up with Viduka & Milner again! Roll on next Saturday!!!!

  • 8 Chris W. // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Tremendous day all around. Much more excited about Enrique than Baines as Enrique has some height on Baines. I really like that BSA is bringing in a mix of older and younger players because the team will immediately improve under the veterans and the younger guys can develop for the future.

    If we really can bring in Drago as well, I think we are absolutely set. (A RB would be nice but I like Solano quite a bit in that role and I think he is going to have a difficult time getting opportunities in the midfield.) Anything else would be absolutely golden.

  • 9 Mani // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:46 PM

    Length of deal means nowt, remember Viana?
    Still, great to see there’s some movement in the defensive department. Still need a quality RB, unless Sam’s going to hold on for the Brazilian with the dodgy leg in Jan, and another centre back to keep the pressure on.

  • 10 Neil A H // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    This is truly a fabulous day. I can’t believe these signings.

  • 11 AlexW // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    why do we need another goalkeepervt-g-w? surley he woudlnt of sent krul on loan would he? lets be honest we already have an unbelieveable goalkeeper in given, and a great backup in harper, and we also have up and coming fraser forster, of course young krul is excellent, nah we are perfectly compensated in the goalkeeping department.

  • 12 AlexW // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    why do we need another goalkeeperv t-g-w? surley he woudlnt of sent krul on loan would he? lets be honest we already have an unbelieveable goalkeeper in given, and a great backup in harper, and we also have up and coming fraser forster, of course young krul is excellent, nah we are perfectly compensated in the goalkeeping department.

  • 13 Alex // Aug 3, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Ed who exactaly is this spanish youngster.Has he any sort of pace .How tall is he.Can he tackle or cross a ball.If he has some of these attributes then why are they letting him go after paying not allot to get him.

  • 14 Jamie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Im so excited its unreal… finally another two very hard working players have signed for Newcastle today, and now this tall talented leftback is on the verge of joining along with the big hard 31 year old from Sevilla. Newcastle has been crying out for a man like Allardyce eversince Keegal left, because he loves the big powerful players with a touch of flair thrown in, perfect for the premiership… We seen success for Man Utd, Arsenal and more recently Chelsea by adopting this method of power and skill.

    Very very VERY exciting times with everyone associated with Newcastle at present.

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    They just signed Capedvilla who is an experienced spanish international and they have another young player as back up for the moment, they need the money aswell they are moving on alot in the transfer market.

  • 16 Stephen // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Big Sam is a legend i wanted him when Sir Bobby Robson got sacked.Last season i was upset about the way the club was going especially losing to he likes of charlton away i wouldnt mind f we played well but we lacked ideas creativity and the most of all passion.I can see us making great progress now.People where do you think we would be if big sam got the job instead of souness and got 50 million like he dd its frighting to say i would say top4 atleast

  • 17 Jamie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    On newsnow.com there are plenty of articles associated with this young left back… so exciting!

  • 18 kieran // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:11 PM

    do you have the link to the website that confirmed the deal…..cant seem to find it!

    keep up the good work ed, the wbsites growing n popularity everyday

  • 19 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_2639700,00.html

    not sure on the spanish link but seems like a done deal… touch wood.

    Im hoping we still get someone like Baines… i mean Sam is just depending on Taylor with his young age so i reckon well see another LB come in… hopefully…

  • 20 Jamie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Well I believe in fate, Big Sam gets the job – it was the right time to leave Bolton, he needed a new challenge and what other place to go than to a starved of a decent manager for a decade like Newcastle!! Now with this we have been taken over and been given some decent wedge to throw at good players for Sam.. which normally means good players for the premiership.

    Now look at our team

    Given / Harper / Krul

    Geremi/Carr/ … Rozenhal / Capaca …Taylor/Drago … Enrique / Baines

    Solano/Milner … Butt … Barton/Emre … Duff/N’Zogbia

    Owen/Viduka … Martins/Ameobi … Carrol/Smith

    Im pretty sure ive missed a few players out for potential first team.

  • 21 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Sky Sports first reported the deal we think.
    BTW this article has been updated several times in the last 30 mins with additional information on Enrique – Villareal were reluctact to sell since Jose had a very good first season for them. Goos work by Sam and the management – we seem to have a future star now at LB.

  • 22 Jamie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:20 PM

    Just seen this..

    http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=372161

  • 23 LiamBirchy8 // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    i still want baines, him and enrique battling for left back would be class. drag could be our fourth centre back with taylor,rozy and cacapa. Now sign baines and glen johnson to sort our defense once and for all.

  • 24 ToonKing // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    :P Man Sam sure kept this a secret. i was just about to go out, i hit the refresh one last time (i sad that for 30 mins now :lol:), and BAMMMM, another new signing!!!!
    I don’t know the lad, but i’m talking on a forum with some La Liga fans, maybe they can shed some light, anyway we got a LB!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m not even gonna speculate anymore, or read the papers, i’m just gonna lay back and let Sam hit me with a few other suprises, this is better then weed man.:)

  • 25 Jamie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    One week tomorrow and I we will have even more to talk about – Which team to put out against Bolton!!!!!

  • 26 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    im still praying for Philip Lahm but i think Baines is more realistic…

    but can you imagine Lahm.. i mean ive seen him alot and hes better than players like Ashley Cole in my eyes, hes just phenominal.

    Skysports news showing some goals with Viduka & Smith linking up… if they recreate half that form we will all be happy :)

  • 27 ToonKing // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    We still need one RB, and i’m sure Sam will deliver him.
    I love Geremi as a midfielder, holding-midfielder, he reminds me of Makelele.

  • 28 phoonck // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    SA has completed 3 signings, and they are:

    Alan Smith (midfielder/striker) for £4-£6m from Manchester United
    Claudio Cacapa (center back) on a Free Transfer from Lyon and
    Jose Enrique Sanchez (left back) for £4m from Villarreal.

    As i’ve always said, do not panic when there is no transfer activity going on. SA is a manager i respected and i’m sure he knows what players we need, what department we need to strengthen and so on. Now that 3 more players have joined Newcastle United, the future looks bright! And there are news that SA is still closing at least one more deal, who seems to be Ivica Dragutinovic from Sevilla (left back/center back).

    We are still trying to sell Kieron Dyer off to West Ham United.
    I think by completing the Dragutinovic’s deal, our summer transfer activity should come to a close and our team looks ready to start a fresh challenge on the Premiership next Saturday.

    I’ve never felt so confident before that we will finish top6, and its been a long long time since i’m looking forward to Newcastle’s new season with their new signings and feel positive about our squad!!!

    Howay the lads!

  • 29 Jamie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    God I missed Luque in that first team line up post lol. another player to look forward to playing under Big Sam. Lets hope we see the pacey Left sided forward come to life this season, Potentially in place of the Injured Duff??

  • 30 ToonKing // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    @Rich, come on man ……………..Lahm ? javascript:add_smilie(“:blink:”,”smid_19″)
    blink.gif . Not in a million years would he join ………….yet. :)

  • 31 ToonKing // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Ops something went wrong with the post, anyways u get the point :p

  • 32 kieran // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    i think we may play cacapa int he right back position….he play there a few times for lyon…but i would prefere a week in week out right back….glen johnson???

  • 33 Jamie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Yeah I would like to see Geremi play in Central Midfield along side Barton.. even Smith can play there if need be. Even Taylor can play right back, but Glen Johnson would be a coup, hes young, strong and pacey with a big future.

  • 34 Murvar // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    I am very impressed with the manager’s handling of all this. Cacapa and Enrique have come out of nowhere, and if they are half as good as they are being cracked up to be, we have pulled off two great deals. But let’s not get too carried away just yet; we know that not everyone settles into the Premiership very easily, and we’re close to the first game now so there’s less time for the players to get to know each others’ games. Teams take time to mature together – I think we won’t know whether it’s all working until about mid-October. And the injuries are worrying; we don’t want a constantly disrupted team that never beds in. But today is a good, good day for us and I really do feel that BSA has it in him to be what Shankly was to Liverpool and what Ferguson has become for Manyoo. Fingers crossed.

  • 35 Kash // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    He’s a young Spanish promising LB, so why didn’t Rafa Benitez sign him?

  • 36 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    @Toonking….

    i know man, but i can at least pray!!!

    even though Lahms got no EPL experience hes one of the best LB’s ive ever seen and hes only 24.

    one day Toonking…one day! :)

  • 37 Howie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Murvar- I understand what you are saying but lets enjoy today after a month of doom and gloom. Bring on those Italians Sunday and then Bolton next week!

  • 38 PK // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:58 PM

    OMG…u guys cant eve guess how happy i am now..seen Sven buying alot of players..and Pool getting in some new faces..and tottenham just made me angry ..Because we didnt get anyone..Cacapa,Enrique,Smith…omg i am looking soo forward to the new season.I just hope we will se a FULL squad in this season without any injuries .Given,Geremi,Cacapa,Rozenhal,Enrique(YOUNGster!),Taylor(YOUNGster!),Emre,Barton:D,Duff(can be very dangerous if hes in top form),N’Zogbia(Dont sell him..he is very talented and YOUNGster!),Babayaro(Great backup),Carr(Good backup),Milner(YOUNGster),Solano(still goood),Owen,MArtins,Shola,Viduka,Carrol…And ofc BIG Sam..I cant wait..what a season it could be.!!!!!

  • 39 Alex // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    jamie luque pacey?Skillfull yes.quick thinking yes.Pacey your having a laugh

  • 40 martin // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    whats about DRAG? any news?

  • 41 PK // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:08 PM

    i forgot Serbian player from Sevilla..Draguonovic or somthin:P

    I just wanted to play with the tactic a little,what u guys think abt this?

    Given
    Geremi/Taylor Rozenhal Cacapa(Captain) Enrique

    Solano – Smith(Offensive ) /Emre Baron(Defensive )/Butt Milner

    Viduka/Shola Owen /Martins

    We all know that Taylor can play fullback,but we should get in an Right back,a young one like Enrique,it would been nice.And i cant wait or Smith and Barton in action together..Both hardworking and we all know it.Smith and Bartonboth have offensive qualities.And Viduka Owen…omg..that would be awesome..And Martins can step in both for owen and Viduka.

  • 42 PK // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:11 PM

    OMG.–forgot Luque:P Doing great stuff under Sam..forgetting players cause i am in the SKY BABY!

  • 43 dumers // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:12 PM

    GET IN!!! what a day to be a newcastle fan..things look good..all great signings and it look like the shit that s west ham cant get their grubby hands on our star players!! ALTHOUGH..worried about barton!!

  • 44 dumers // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:13 PM

    As in the whole being arrested thing..not worried that he is a bad player!!

  • 45 iain // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    from what ive seen of enrique he is an exciting quick attacking left back, could just as easily play left wing.

    i suppose the age old question is will he adapt to the pl, i suppose it looks lke sam has favored signing him becuase hes taller than players like baines.

  • 46 Ed Harrison // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:21 PM

    PK – Ivica “Drago” Dragutinovic is the Serbian player who played for Serbia in last year’s world cup. He is ready to sign for Newcastle from Sevilla for 2.5M on a reported 3 year deal. We hope that deal will be completed imminently. He’s a left sided center-back or left -ack – can play either position.

  • 47 PK // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:23 PM

    Good..then we need only a right back then!Cicinho would have been very nice!

  • 48 Midjew // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:24 PM

    PK – I totally agree with you on that. U have to have 2 SOLID CB then Taylor on the RB position MUCH better idea.

    A.Smith will NOT be used as a striker unless we have major injuries he will play ATACKING MD like Scholes and Man U.

    GREAT I AM EXCITED!!!!!!!!

  • 49 ToonKing // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:25 PM

    @ Rich : Agree, one day ….one day….Viva La Revolution :)

    HOWAY THE LADS

    PS : all my friends left without me cause i kept refreshing lol, now i wanna go to sleep but i HAVE TO REFRESH MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  • 50 Midjew // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:25 PM

    I think it will either be Taylor or Geremi at RB as we have enough in MD now.

  • 51 madridrob // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Hi everyone

    what a day! God I haven’t felt so excited going into a season for years…..just to say i live in madrid and i followed la liga just as closely as the premier league this year. Enrique is a pretty good player….he was solid in a pretty average villareal cf team this season and he and forlan were the big players this term (after riquelme left)….i am not going to say he was incredible….he simply wasnt but he was solid in a weakened team….. good sign…much potential, fingers crossed!

  • 52 Watson // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    isn’t it amazing what a day in football can do to someones health and happiness. TOON TOON

  • 53 Tom_Toon // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Hopefully we see drago soon, not to keen on baines, he is a good player but id prefer to have an outsider with potential for cheaper.

    Not to sure about the Diop deal, we definitely need a Rb maybe a mid 20′s right back with some European or premiership experience?

  • 54 madridrob // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:36 PM

    cicinho?

  • 55 PK // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:37 PM

    Yea..but Taylor can play both RB and CB ,so he is nice to use..if e get injuries on Cacapa or Rozenhal,if they get injured he has to step in..Then we have Geremi..But i dont see him as a quality RB..hes better in the bidfield..win balls..like said before..a Makelele type..and he can be good if Sams get the best out of him.So i RB would been nice..a younger one..like Enrique.I dont think Sam will use..Smith as Striker..We have enough of them.Think he will be playing behind them.At the same he is a hardworker…a winner type…and thats what i like about him.He and Barton will make us Proud!

  • 56 Alex // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    ED any more news on the drog? if we get him as well, then we will have the best defence in the last decenium.Add to that a great midfield and the attack force that will be the best in premiership ie martins,owen ,viduka and ameobi chaampions league here we come.Outside chance on the title maybe? worth a bet with big sam in charge

  • 57 PK // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Hell yeah Alex:D I cant get Sleeeeeeeeep..cant it just be August the eleventh tomorrow!!!!

  • 58 PK // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:56 PM

    For the first time in loooooong time..i feel the Glory days are close:D

  • 59 Murvar // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:58 PM

    Howie man – I think the secret is not to be in gloom and doom just because we didn’t sign anyone for 72 hours and then not to go into orbit just because we did!

  • 60 kieran // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    can anyone please find me the story on the villarreal website…….?

    today has been the best day for a long time….to be honest i was starting to loose faith in BS….but once again he has shown his worth…..

    BS for pm

  • 61 Ian // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:02 AM

    Don’t you think Sam’s real masterstroke was playing the kids midweek and almost giving Inspector Mort a heart-attack! The money doesn’t seemed to have been a problem since..lol.

  • 62 PK // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:07 AM

    hehe…:P

  • 63 Alex // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:12 AM

    PK Geremi played most of his games for chelsea as rb and he was more than decent. Chelsea fans were sad to see him leave. wake up he is a class act.Does not matter witch position he plays in

  • 64 Ian // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:19 AM

    I agree alex. Geremi was rarely used in midfield by Chelsea, but with no other fit holding role players we’ll have to wait and see. Interestingly it is a role that Smith has played for ManU. Flexibility and competition! Is this Newcastle we’re talking about?

  • 65 evil dick // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:20 AM

    does this mean we have to wait til monday to confirm the drago/enrique deals?

  • 66 Big Sam Fan // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:27 AM

    Please read this saying that Owen injured for opener against bolton

    http://sport.independent.co.uk/football/premiership/article2833857.ece

  • 67 Ian // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:40 AM

    Yes it seems we may be without Owen for quite some time. Clauses don’t seem to matter now as nobody is willing to pay £9million for someone so prone to injuries….a bit like Dyer. Having picked up his wages for little effort over 8 years Dyer now wants to jump ship. History may repeat itself with Owen.

  • 68 Veliz // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:51 AM

    Enrique likes to attack, he have a very good Tecnique, and is Fast…, He’ll do great..

  • 69 Alex // Aug 4, 2007 at 12:51 AM

    Ian i can hardley belive it also.Newwcastle united flexible.Strength in depth true vision.I think I ve landed in the twighlight zone!!!

  • 70 DC // Aug 4, 2007 at 1:51 AM

    Dyers move has collapsed apparently.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premiership/article2195648.ece

    Class that we might be signing two left backs n one can play centre aswell. Just the strength n depth we needed in defence tbh. Plus Smith, and maybe Dyer if no-one takes him off our hands. We’ll have the variation n depth to move foward! Howay the lads….

  • 71 apan // Aug 4, 2007 at 2:40 AM

    i think west ham will get dyer afterall, they missed out on alan smith, and now theyre losing tevez, they need a quick replacement and im sure alan curbishley wont think twice about him

    ive told ya BSA knows whats he’s doing, he keeps suprising me every day, now im sure that we can have an euro spot next season as our back 4 looks kinda solid with mixture of experience and youngsters, all with heights that is :)

  • 72 malaysian youngster // Aug 4, 2007 at 4:09 AM

    yay we will get the title this time… Sam is so good. thanks freddie for bringing him in. and thanks roeder for bringing martins.im so delighted with everything that Sam did.he just magnificient.i never so confident in our squad b4. really think can get the title.

  • 73 geordiejordan // Aug 4, 2007 at 5:02 AM

    whoa whoa, slow down there mate. i’d be happy with a finish that qualifies us for europe. but i admit, the optimism floating around is contagious!!!!!!!!!!

  • 74 apan // Aug 4, 2007 at 5:16 AM

    yea slow down malaysian youngster, not the title for sure dont put ur hopes too high thats bloody too high! thats the mistakes we always do put a target too high,putting pressure to the board and the manager plus ourself and end up chantin sackin the manager/board…we will up in dissapointment just like previous year….be realistic

    be optimistic, but setup a realistic target, a top 6 spot is realistic enough for me but yet again with all the clubs buzy with their euro games we might as well grasp our hands on the league cup because we can focus fully on domestic competition, that might be a suprised :)

  • 75 evil dick // Aug 4, 2007 at 6:37 AM

    roll on august 11!

  • 76 Arthur Prince // Aug 4, 2007 at 6:52 AM

    Seems like BSA is also thinking about Leighton Baines which will be 3 LBS if Drago comes along with Enrique . BSA is just what the Doc ordered .

    Ian

    yes nice little bit of politics wasnt it playing the Kids and now it seems the purse string are open . Like it !!

    Enrique is good .
    Rafa Benitez simply didnt know about Enrique . Just shows how good BSA is when given the chance . Hope it rubs off on the field . I look forward to seeing BSA outthinking other teams and stop the headless chicken approach of the past few years since SBR

  • 77 Ed Harrison // Aug 4, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    apan – but can’t we enjoy some unreality for a little bit since yesterday was a phenomenal day for us – my son couldn’t believe what was happening and while at work seemed to be on this site all day. Guess it wasn’t too much of a pructive day for him work wise.
    Unbelievable day for Newcastle fans and you’re right we shouldn’t get too carried away – but wait – Sam certainly will not let the players get carried away and that’s the really important thing. Upward and onward – certainly upward :D

  • 78 Rich // Aug 4, 2007 at 8:56 AM

    Ed Harrison

    im suprised you havent had a story about Capaca signing?? NUFC.co.uk onfirmed his signing at around 7 oclock on Friday night, picture of him in toon garb infront of St. James with a big smile on his face…

  • 79 Rich // Aug 4, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Taken From NUFC.co.uk

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1084650,00.html

    Cacapa Exclusive: I’ve Wanted Toon Move For Long Time

    NEWCASTLE United new boy Claudio Cacapa says that he has wanted to join the club for a long time – but only realised just how big the Magpies were after coming to Tyneside last week.

    The 31-year-old has been at United’s training ground since Monday while the deal to bring the former Lyon captain to Gallowgate was finalised.

    And the five-times French league champion says that after meeting Sam Allardyce and seeing the Toon Army during the friendly match against Juventus he realised exactly how big the the club is.

    “I’ve been discussing with Newcastle and I’ve really wanted to come here for a long time,” Cacapa told nufc.co.uk in an exclusive interview.

    “I’ve been in Newcastle since last Sunday and I’ve really realised just how big a club it is and I hope I will be as happy here as I was in Lyon.

    “I’ve spoken with Sam Allardyce since I’ve been here and I’ve been very impressed and I want to play for him.

    “I was at the Juventus match and, even though it was only a friendly, the fans were fantastic – they were shouting and singing and making lots of noise and I can’t wait to play at St.James’ Park.

    “It’s a massive club with big potential and I want to be part of that.”

    The likeable Brazilian went on to say that he felt the time was right for a move after seven years at Lyon.

    “I want a new challenge in a new country and the Premier League is a very competitive league,” he added.

    “I’ve got a lot to prove because the fans don’t know me that well here, but I want to show everyone that I’m good enough to play for Newcastle United and I’m confident I can do that.

    “My first club, Altetico Mineiro, played in black and white so I’m really to be wearing the same colours and I hope it will bring me a lot of luck like it did in Brazil.”

    Capaca Signed for us on friday night Ed!!

  • 80 StevieA // Aug 4, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    All I will say is that if the team gels. With the goals we have in the side and the players to keep the goals against total down. I think we could surprise a few people.

    Everyone talks of Spurs finishing fourth but I think we are better than Spurs now. We have many more goals in our team too.

    A’way the lads! :D

  • 81 Spanish fan // Aug 4, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Hi, I´m a LFP fan, and I´m really like Jose Enrique, it´s for a lot of people the best is for many people in his position of the league, has a great physical bottom(fund), a great center and him never raffle the ball if it is necessary to raise with coherence ,Jose Enrique is a perfect player, if he adapts well it will be the revelation

    A greeting

  • 82 Obafan // Aug 4, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Hi guys,

    It hqs been a few days since i zatched the internet cause i’m in Bulgaria. What good news that I read today;

    Cacapa; fantastic signing, experienced and perhaps our new captain. Together zith Rozehnal in the heart of our defence.

    Smith; don’t know to be happy or not; but he has the heart to battle till the end. So let’s give him a chance.

    Enrique; out of the comments I see, it looks like a done deal and good for the future. Played regularly for Villareal so he has to be a good LB.

    Dragutinovic; what a signing that would be. Experienced and fantastic defender. We’re looking to sort out our defence; what a good run BS had today. Can’t wait to see the start of the new season in 1 week.

    Well done BS and his management.




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