Keegan – Jose Enrique A Mixed Bag

Kevin Keegan has said he will be bringing another left back to the Tyneside club this summer.


Jose Enrique – a mixed bag

Kevin says he still has lots of faith in Jose Enrique and he’s still only 22 but Kevin says Jose is a mixed bag.

Keegan talked about Jose to the Shields Gazette today:

“It’s a bit of a mixed bag at the moment. The good things are good, and there are things he needs to learn, but he’s still only 22.”“Jose’s already doing some very good things, and his English is improving.”

“He’s young and he’s come into the Premiership. He’s come into a club which has struggled, and that’s always difficult for any player.”

“He’s picking it up now, but I’ve still got to sign another left-back, as I’ve only got one at the club.” “That’s not to say I don’t fancy Jose, I do, but I need another left-back.”

We think Kevin will go for John Arne Riise of Liverpool, and that could mean Riise could also play on the left wing, so both players could be accommodated with Riise ready to fill in at left back should Jose be injured or suffer a loss in form.

But we think the 22 year old Spanish player will only get better under the tutelage of Kevin Keegan and his staff. And his attitude also seems first class.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • toonpars

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    i really rate enrique so i’d hate to see him replaced as first choice next season. i know he’s young and has a lot to learn but how else is he going to gain experience if not by playing regularly?
    agree that we need a back up/2nd option though

  • HeronMag

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Please not Riise! I’ll support anyone KK buys but hopefully he’ll buy someone far more steady.

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Riise is so not the answer.

  • Dirk

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    i think enrique is brilliant, i like riise aswell, and think he would improve our squad, bu if enrique is first choice lb and hes not really gonna get a game in midfield often would he come? id lik and average/good left back whod settle for bein second choice

  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5

    good solid left back he is. will definitely improve. rafa must be wishing he wanna swap riise with this guy.. i’d say bugger off

  • HeronMag

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Perhaps Nicky Shorey would fancy the move north? He’s young, English and has potential. He’s not worthy of his England place yet, but I’m sure KK could improve his play.

  • Grunde

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Not Riise!!!!!!!

  • Steveo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    We’ve got to move for Shorey especially if Reading go down which looks a real possibilty at the moment. Far better than Riise defensive-wise.

    And perhaps a bit of coverage on Eidur Gudjohnsen pls Ed – doesn’t everyone agree what a wonderful signing he would be for us!? He could play Viduka’s role as the hold-up striker or Owen’s current role as link-up ‘playmaker’ fantastically. PLEASE EIDUR TO TYNESIDE!

  • Toontitan

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Enrique has a good future ahead of him, he’s composed on the ball and doesn’t flap, but he is suspect at the back post. However, as good as Riise is, will he come as a squad player, as that is all he is at Liverpool and he’s not happy about it. I think Aaron Hughes would be a valuable re-addition to the sqad as cover across the whole back 4, and available on a free!

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #10

    I can’t think of any footballer that will settle their place on the bench as back up or second choice except goalkeeper.

  • wsq

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #11

    we’ll have more games next season thru cup matches and the season after that hopefully thru europe. there’ll be enough games to go around even if someone pushed enrique to the bench.

    someone in their twilight years could be good as enrique would see that he is the main man for the future.

    enrique can round circles round gary neville i think. pace wise i see no difference. defensively jose will get better with better communication

  • Eric

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Toontitan has a good point. Aaron Hughes back as a squad player seems good. And he can play right across the back. Hughes was a good loyal and dependable player too. Enrique? He can only get better but we do need cover for him. I can imagine Riise throwing a wobbly if he was signed and did not play each game. Jose does dot do tantrums it seems. KK is looking to our future not to the past of the current Liverpool. Worried that Riise could be another Carr.

  • Steve K

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #13

    I think a club in Newcastle’s position should be developing players with Jose’s talent and potential instead of bringing in a “never has been” in Riise to stifle his talent. If he wants to bring in cover that’s fine. But the Newcastle I’d love to see is one that patiently nurtures players like Jose so we can have him as our own Gael Clichy.

  • Elfer

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    EDGAR is our current backup…but he’s a youngster and you see that in every game he plays – safety first.

    Not a bad thing but, the EPL demands much more!! So I guess a 2nd good LB is needed, but personally I let KK do and think he will bring in the best available player.

  • marcus owen

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Funny idea from kk. If kk need somebody to cover Enrique then may i know who is another right back to cover Beye? Steven Carr??? KK must be joking. i suggest kk either play edgar as LB or change the formation to 5-3-2 by using Duff or N’zogbia as DML. Unless kk is trying to bring in another potential young LB for future, if not, please forget about another LB now!!

  • Beattie

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    i agree with wsq

    “someone in their twilight years could be good as enrique would see that he is the main man for the future.”

    He could then learn a few things as well, upping his game even more.

  • Eric

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #17

    What has happened to N’Zogbia? He was injured but now he does not make the bench. On September 4th last year he told the BBC “I am happy to sign my contract (until 2012) and I see my future with Newcastle because it is a great club.” Well? What has changed? We do need RB cover for Beye and even thought Geremi could handle that until we bring a quality young one through. Is Carr going to stay or is he going to go? These days, to be in with a chance of success, a player has got to be willing to be a part of a squad of 22 not just a team of 11 anymore.

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I have a mate from back in Macclesfield who just got his debut for City on Sunday, he’s called Sam Williamson, and his contract is up this summer. I say get him in and give him a go, I know I’m biased, but Enrique is first choice, lets get in another youngster so that they can compete and push each other hard for the next 5 years!

  • Rob Kirton

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #19

    @marcus owen : To be fair to Keegan. Irrespective of what you, I or KK thinks of Carr – he cannot speak as though he has already gone.

    I guess we do need cover for both Left back and Right back, even though Geremi can cover Right back.

    Ultimately Keegan will want to play with two full backs who can really bomb on to support the 3 guys up front. We all know which end of the pitch he prefers the football to be played :0)

    I’ll still never forget how he recruited David Batty the most defensive minded midfield player ever, and got him to score the first 4 goals of his career !

    Getting back to Enrique: He has improved. When he first came he was mugged a couple of times when in possession. He also had the knack of hoisting too many long balls from the back. These things are starting to disappear from his game. Who says KK can’t coach?

    I know a lot of people are saying we could bring back Aaron Hughes. He is a decent Centre half, though I seem to recall SBR going half crazy on the touchline trying to get him to carry the ball forward when he played at full back. He eventually lost patience and sold him on. I just don’t see that being a forward move.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorin to teach him please.

    But defintely not Riise!

  • Gordon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21


    Riise is no better than Jose!!!

    (and he’s ginger!)

  • irish_Al

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #22

    bring in zambrotta then he can play right back, left back, left midfield, right midfield

  • steve

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23

    N’Zogbia is on his way out and spurs have apparently agreed a deal, true or not only time will tell i here from a source that his attidued is awfull and kegand has sent him out of team meetings for being late, on enrique i think he is getting better and better every game and can be one of the best left backs in the pl so a back up for him would do nice, if we want to compete we need a big squard two for evey postion a man once said

  • chuck

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #24

    How about Bridge as apposed to Riise, good defensively, can attack on the wing.
    Could be Chelsea may be willing to part with him for the right price?
    Also need a backup for Beye, who I think has been outstanding.
    Then a younger central defender to partner Taylor with the African veterans filling in when and where required, should be the begining of rebuilding the defence, with hopefully the younger players breaking into the side in time.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d love Bridge to sign for Newcastle but I can’t see Chelsea letting him go. For that matter I’m not sure Bridge would want to swap Chelsea for the toon 🙁

  • ScottyT

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #26

    people saying aaron hughes cmon man.. yes he was a good and ever reliable defender when he was at us last and no we should never have got rid of him but..

    hes sh1te now man, seen him play a lot over the last few weeks for fulham and hes been at fault for a lot of their goals. defo not as good and reliable as he used to be.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorin, perfect for the job, also one ofmy favourite players. The Kaka of LBs!

  • ScottyT

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #28

    isnt sorin getting on a bit though?

  • Luke

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #29


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Exactly! So he can teach Jose Enrique, while sharing games because he isnt young enough to play all games! That way enrique gains match experience and learns from Sorin.

  • Obafan

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #31

    I would go for Dante of Standard:
    1. very good in the air
    2. powerfull LB, whe can cover as CB
    3. is technically very good (he will pass better than Enrique)
    4. will fancy a move to England
    5. will not be that expensive

    I hope, if the scouts are still looking at Boussoufa, that they went to Liege last Sunday and that they saw Dante Bonfim.

    Riise will not be an improvement at all, but I am of the same opinion as KK that we need good backup or competition for Enrique at LB. I have to admit that Enrique has improved a lot since arriving and he will only get better.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #32

    true true.. but we dont want someone who used to be good and is now shite because of his age catching up with him. spose he’d be alright on a free or for a very low amount of money tho.

    still think there are better left backs out there who we could chase though

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    He’s still very good as far as im concerned.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #34

    well as usual i dont really watch much foreign football so no idea how good he is anymore..

    but ano he used to be a very good player in his prime just not sure now with his age.. having said that i thought he was older than 31 so maybe he would be a decent signing after all.

  • Leo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #35

    im not sure but was taio tiwo a right back or a left back? if he is either i think he would be a good purchase

  • Leo

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #36

    im not sure but was taio tiwo a right back or a left back? if he is either i think he would be a good purchase n

  • Michael

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Enrique was ok against the Mackems, worth sticking with.
    I agree with resigning Aaron Hughes, Riise is a “4th placed Liverpool” reject.
    N’Zog + cash for Aaron Lennon.
    Carr’s contract is up in the summer, so he’s gone and Rozenhal.
    What to do about Smith, Emre, Duff and Cacapa?
    And where will Milner fit in; I guess he brings something different to the front three.

  • Mr T

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    People going on about bringing in a young left back….has everyone forgot Ben Tozer? We need an elder LB to teach Enrique who I think is class. I’ll leave it to KK to decide whose best.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #39

    left back, but we’ve got one top quality, young left back, so we dont relly need another, it would push one of them out and ruin ones career.

    Get an old one, a back-up one or a very young (16-19) as back form the reserves.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Good point Mr T! I was talking about Tamas Kadar being able to play LB a few weeks ago.

    Hope KK doesn’t end up freezing out a future star!


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