Enrique Looks For Start Against Blackburn

The news today from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle is that José Enrique has not been 100% fit since the Spaniard came off with a calf injury in the FA Cup defeat at Arsenal on January 26.


Jose Enrique, is looking for start tomorrow

But apparently Jose is fit now and is looking to Kevin Keegan for a place at left back in the side tomorrow. Charles N’Zogbia of course was responsible for Wayne Rooney’s first goal last Saturday against Manchester United when he inexplicably went to sleep at the far post.

Rooney had far too much space and put the ball home unchallenged. Whether that will be enough to convince Keegan to give our natural left back a start tomorrow – we don’t know.

But if Enrique, who turned 22 last month, is fit he should play, because when he has played this season he’s looked the part. Jose has only appeared 12 times for the Magpies so far this season and it will be an important position against Blackburn, because David Bentley is likely to be on the right wing.

David will be a challenge for whomever starts at left back tomorrow. We hope it’s Jose and we think Charles can fit in as an attacking central midfielder tomorrow, since we need to attack Blackburn from the start, if we are to get all 3 points, which we so badly need.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Michael

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #1

    About time. Must we wait till we are this precariously close to the drop zone to make this change?


    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Michael for once we agree it is about time the lad started
    But there must be a solid reason for KK and Sam before him to keep ignoring Enrique who every time he has played has been impressive

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3




    Owen——-Martins (if fit)

    subs: Geremi, Emre (if fit) Carroll, Edgar, LuaLua, Forster

    Something different, might work? anyone agree?

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Feye and Duff should be in the centre of that formation! it hasent came out right! sorry 🙂

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I cant be arsed to fix it!

    you get the picture!!! lol

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6







  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Thats better!!

  • tdt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #8

    i agree but swap nzog n duff

  • tdt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    bin butt n smith

  • tdt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #10

    use vodka as a sub 4 the reat of the season then sell im the newcastle jets in the summer, maybe him n moore will link up well there.


    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Our Best available 11.

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Miner Barton Emre N’Zogbia
    Owen Martins

    Subs: Forster, Edgar, Duff, Lua Lua, Carroll

    I know Barton is not popular but he has the ability to take blackburn apart and is good at helping out the defence. Him and Emre together were in my opinion good against Boro and they are the most naturally balanced and easily most gifted midfield partnership we have currently at our disposal.
    Also our paciest front two Owen and Martins agains the slow Ooijer and Samba (Nelsen is injured) and despite recent poor showings from Taylor our Strongest back four.
    Cacapa would be dominated airially and done for pace by Santa Cruz, McCarthy and Roberts or even Derbyshire.
    P.S. Geremi shouldnt be in our club let alone our starting line up, I’m getting pretty worried about some of you who seen to have forgotten his previous ” Efforts ” for our football club.
    He was well outshone by Nicky Butt at the start of this season and was given both barrells on this blog by many on us.

    3-0 to the toon HOWAY THE LADS

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I just think Duff has more experience to play in the middle and feed the strikers. Zog is better at running down the wing and putting in crosses, they can swap over from time to time


    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Is it me or does Bobbys statue look more like Kenneth Williams?

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #14

    could even put faye instead of cacapa to cope with Santa Cruz, and put the future LAG in as defensive midfield

  • DGB

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Why does everyone like Duff, he goes nowhere and provides no service to the forwards.
    Play this 11


    Millner ————- Emre—————-N’Zogbia

    ——Owen ————-Martins

    Aussie Pie-Eater
    Manc Criminal

  • MagpieNeil

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16

    If Smith or Butt start I am gonna have to sniper them both from the stands. Or maybe we could lazer them in the eyes and blind them both (ONly Joking!!!)

    I swear to god the pair must have clauses in their contracts or something! If I see Butt hoof the ball 100 metres up the pitch to the oppositions central defenders one more time this season i am gonna start supporting my local 3rd division side because at least you dont turn up their on a Saturday and expect good football to be played!!!

    JOKE : (

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    DGB, Duff has been playing well lately mate, the best he has been since he came, Emre would come on as a sub for him


    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #18

    DGB like your Team but Barton is Scouse

    Maybe edgar into centre back and Faye as a DM is a great shout barton on bench instead of Lua Lua

  • Tom Cairns

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Craigg’s lineup i reckon is by far the best except possibly duff for n’zog.

    Taylor has been playing shite and does sometimes make the most stupid mistakes, he’s reminding more and more of titus (all the attributes but prone to big mistakes) but at least he’d put his body on the line for the club before we get someone better in.

  • Graeme

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Whats wrong with playing Carroll, Owen AND Martins up front. Should give their defence something to think about!!!!!

  • Tom Cairns

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh ye and more on topic to the thread, im really lookin forward to seeing Jose get a proper run of games under his belt cos i reckon he could be really solid for us, my god we need someone at the back who is.

  • tdt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #22

    ________ Harper ________

    Beye__Faye__Taylor__The Bull





    -Bring Duff on for Emre in 2nd half
    -Bring Carroll on for which ever striker tires 1st in 2nd half
    -Bring Lualua on for milner in the 2nd half

    Game over Blackburn


    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    TDT you team is near perfect but for Geremi straight swap him for Barton or Play Edar at CB and Faye in the holding Mid role

  • tdt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #24

    thanks craigg, ye i thot that but then i thot, well joeys bin kak of late, n geremi’s been good 4 his country. edgar maybe on the bench imo, incase taylor pulls a cacapa (formally known as a titus!) 🙂

  • tdt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #25

    i hear emre n vodka miss out 2moro, which means…


    Beye__Faye__Taylor__The Bull





  • DGB

    Feb 29, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #26

    What is funny/alarming is that all the fans seem to omit Butt and Smith, but BSA and KK seem to be in love with them.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Feb 29, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #27




  • Jon

    Feb 29, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Please don’t keep putting Taylor in your line ups!!!!
    He’s not good enough for Newcastle!!!!!!
    Let’s just sell him!!!!

  • Whitt

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Geremi was good for his country AT RIGHT BACK. he was crap all season at center-mid. if we’re going to play him based on his form with his country, we better play him in the same position as he did with them!

  • Toon for life.

    Feb 29, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Jon you idiot. He’s the only player i’d keep in the team if i had a choice, same for most people. His passion is great, we need that. Man United tore him apart but Man United tear everyone apart really. He’s the first to clap the crowd after a heavy defeat too. True passionate lad.


    Feb 29, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #31

    please please please please play enrique tomorrow

    please please please please do not play butt

    please please please please do not play barton

    please please please please do not play smith

    sorted thank you

  • Simen

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Think we should try to play both Faye and Cacapa, my team against Blackburn would be:


    Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique

    Milner N’Zogbia Barton Duff

    Owen Martins

    Know Barton played really bad against manu, but would give him a new chance as I think Geremi has been bad all season.

  • Whitt

    Mar 1, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Jon, you are right. Taylor has been poor for a lot of the season. I think the only way he gets in the team sheet is because he is a local hero. Too often he gets a free pass from the fans that others in the squad don’t get.

  • JakartaDean

    Mar 1, 2008 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #34

    What about:

    Beye – Geremi – ???? – Enrique

    Milner – Faye – Duff – Nzogbia

    —Owen —- Martins —-

    Replace ???? with one of Taylor, Rozehnal or Edgar. I’d love to see Edgar get a shot, but I’ve gotta think the management, who see him train every day, think he’s not ready yet. Whoever plays there better be supported by Faye when we’re defending, or we might leak a couple.

  • hanzemre

    Mar 1, 2008 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #35

    Wanna see Martins, Enrique, Emre, Carroll, Edgar to play/start as we know they can play big part. Occasionally wanna see Viduka, Geremi,Carr, Kadar, Lua Lua as i honestly know they just can start/ play some part. Won’t see Butt,Smith,Barton,Ameobi as i’ve had seen enough to justify them not involve anymore.

  • Outlaw

    Mar 1, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #36

    where the hell did they find this guy???… Bloody useless!


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