Sam spoke to nufc.co.uk after the game and sang the praises of Jose Enrique, who had another solid game for Newcastle and it was his 50 yard lofted through ball to Martins, that was directly responsible for the vital first goal.
Enrique is looking a better player with every game and if there’s a better left back in Spain we’d like to know who he is.
Jose Enrique – looks more accomplished with every game
In fact all four at the back turned in extremely strong performances, especially in central defense where Cacapa continues to look a class act. In fact one block by Cacapa in the first half was shown in slow motion on the TV and Claudio through himself in front of the shot just outside the area, and the ball hit him flush in the face. Thatâ€™s the commitment these players are showing. Itâ€™s great to watch â€“ but probably not good for Claudioâ€™s looks :D.
Spanish under-21 left-back Jose Enrique can become the complete Premier League left-back, says Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce. Jose is looking more and more comfortable with each game. He looks a potential fantastic talent. Some of his passes out of defense were nicely placed up front in the left channel for Martins to run onto and scare the life out of the Spursâ€™ defense.
Sam talked to the official Newcastle United site about the Spaniard after the game:
“He is looking more and more comfortable as he gets used to the Premier League.â€
“Certainly going forward, his final delivery to the front men and into the box is pretty good.â€
“We want to see him get forward more and more. His defending was pretty good – and as he is a young man, I am hoping I will eventually have a complete Premier League left-back.”
In fact our three 21 year-olds playing tonight Milner, N’Zogbia and Enrique have great potential and let’s not forget our England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor. To have four 21 year-olds performing at the level they are for the club has to be encouraging for the future of Newcastle United.