Former Newcastle United defender, John Beresford, has talked to the Evening Chronicle today about our young Spanish left-back Jose Enrique.
Joe Enrique – showed a great attitude last season
The young 22 year-old established himself at left-back under Kevin Keegan, and he seemed to be improving nicely, and put in some solid performances towards the end of last season.
He will admit he still has a lot to learn, but we think his attitude in his first season out of Spain, has been first class, for one so young.
Beresford told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI donâ€™t think we have seen the best of Jose Enrique, but letâ€™s hope we do right from the off next season.â€
â€œObviously, as a left-back myself I have watched him closely and there is a lot of talent there.â€
â€œBut I think at times he has been trying too hard and he should learn to relax a bit more, but there is clearly more to come from him.â€
â€œTo be fair, he came into a side which seemed a bit low in confidence and that did not help him.â€
â€œAnd he would not be happy when United played Charles Nâ€™Zogbia, who is really a midfielder, in his position at left-back.â€
â€œBut without being disrespectful to Charles, who I really rate as a midfielder, I think Jose Enrique is a far better left-back.â€
â€œWhat I would like to see is for Kevin Keegan to go out and buy a left-back to give Jose Enrique some competition; because I am convinced he will thrive on it.â€
â€œBut he must be really looking forward to the new season. He has a season under his belt and heâ€™s not a new lad on the block any more so it is up to him to show us what he can do.â€
â€œThere is a big prize out there waiting for Jose Enrique and it is up to him to claim it.â€
Good words from John, and Jose can benefit from them.
And since Charles was mentioned by John, no news is good news as far as the young Frenchman is concerned, and we hope he will stay at Newcastle for a few years to come.
We like Jose and think he can do really well for Kevin, he just needs that little bit of time to get fully acclimatized to England and to the Premier league.
Once he has done that he could be a great left-back for us – we hope so in any case.