Albert Luque talked to the Evening Chronicle yesterday, mainly about our new signing 21 year-old Jose Enrique (born January 1986), but also about his groin injury, which unfortunately reared up again in the game against Gateshead.
We notice that Luque seems much happier at Newcastle this season and that’s probably due to a number of factors, he’s recently married and of course Big Sam is now guiding him in his football – hopefully back to his very best.
Â We’ll take a look at what Albert had to say about our new signing, nicknamed the bull is Spain.
Albert Luque scoring against Juventus and Jose EnriqueÂ arriving at Newcastle
Albert told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday afternoon:
â€œI would like to welcome Jose to Newcastle.â€
â€œI will help him settle in the area and if I can do anything for him, I will.”
â€œI can understand why the Villarreal fans are upset that he has gone.”
â€œBut I spoke with him for over an hour when he arrived about everything.”
Villareal fans have been upset that Villareal let their young bull go â€“ but in reality it would have been difficult for them to have turned down the Â£6.3M offer from Newcastle. That’s a good signÂ for Newcastle that we may have a really good player on our hands.
Albert went on:
â€œI donâ€™t think he will have any problems in the Premiership. He is a strong player and he is a good guy.â€
Jose is tipped in Spain to become the countryâ€™s next left-back, and could yet prove to be a great Sam Allardyceâ€™s signing (yet another one). Luque followed the La Liga closely last season in his home country and says that young Enrique was one of the outstanding players.
â€œLast season he played very well in Spain with Villarreal and had a very good year.”
â€œI think he is a very good signing for Newcastle and we now have a great player on our hands.â€
Unfortunately Luque himself suffered a setback on Monday night when he was forced off with a groin injury in the 3-3 draw with Gateshead. He had come off back in the game against JuventusÂ but it appears the groin is still troublesome. The first thing Sam has to do with Albert is to get him fit once and for all and no chances should be taken until we know he’s 100%.
Luque talked about his injury:
â€œI thought my groin was OK after coming off against Juventus, but after just 15 minutes I sprinted and felt a little bit of pain down there.â€
â€œI will have a scan to see how bad it is, but last night it did not feel good.â€
The injury doesn’t sound good but weÂ hope Albert can still make a success of his Newcastle career after an horrendous first two years. The fact that he has taken Enrique under his wing can only help him but Albert has been injury prone and that will be another challenge for Big Sam.
But we are hoping that Big Sam’s magic will work on Albert â€“ his attitude this season is certainly much much improved and he seems determined to make it at Newcastle. Â We hope he does.
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