Jose Enrique Keen To Keep Place In Newcastle Defense


Jose Enrique has played the last two games for Newcastle and put in solid performances at left-back for the side, in their home wins against WBA and Aston Villa.

Jose Enrique – two solid performances in last two wins

It’s almost certain that Enrique will be in the starting line-up for this weekend’s game at Fulham, and the Spanish Under-21 international wants to make the left-back position his own, and have an extended run in the side.

Jose told nufc.co.uk today:

“Towards the end of last season I enjoyed it very much because I was playing every game and the team were doing well,” “It has been a bit stop-start so far this season but I’m very happy to have played the last two games and the team have also won.”

“Those wins were very important for us because Newcastle should not be down the bottom.” “For me though I feel I played well in the games and, like the team at the moment, I’m very confident.”

“I need a run of games to show the fans my best. But I can only get those games by continuing to play well.” “In Spain I played every game, every week and that is how I got my big move to Newcastle.”

“Now I want to keep my place in the team because there is a lot of competition.”

Jose said yesterday that he liked the food in Newcastle and the weather wasn’t too bad, and that it was too hot in Spain in any case – so he has immediately aligned himself with the Newcastle faithful.   😀

Joe Kinnear got it right a week or so ago, when he said Jose was good going forward but he would be concentrating on defensive work with Jose. We have been rather surprised at how good a coach Joe is, because usually what he says is spot on, and when he says he’s worked with the team on something during the week,  that element of our game is usually more solid the next game.

A case in point was our defense against Aston Villa, because we had to be at our very best with the threat of the many Aston Villa attacking players. We’ll also have to be on our game at craven Cottage, because although that may appear an easier game for us, it will not be, we can be sure of that.

We know Joes Enrique is a good player, and we also know he gets better with games, so let’s hope he can have another strong run in the Newcastle side, and that if he keeps his head down, because Jose can still become a big success on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Daniel

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #1

    He had a great game against Villa, it looked like we actually were playing with a left back for one of the first times this season. Deserves to keep his place in the team.

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  • WesToon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Yea he is starting to play some proper football now, C’mon Jose GET IN my son!!!

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  • selly no skill

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    need to go easy on these young kids a bit.their still learning.

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  • Bart

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    He is long-ball type player.
    Typical big sam’s fav.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    If Taylor can keep his place in the team for so long, Enrique should play every minute!

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  • bettyswollocks

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Tom_Toon – is it absolutely necessary for you to illustrate your dislike of taylor in just about every comment you make. It’s boring.

    We all get that you think taylor is crap and should immediately be replaced by your saviour tamas kadar who is the best young defender in the whole wide world despite you having never seen him actually play.

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  • Tom1664

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Bart – How many times did enrique play under big sam? Christ alive, he was playing Nzogbia over him!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    On more topical matters do you think Owen will go to Chelsea?

    He should have been given a contract ages ago…just wish Mike and Co would leave they got on my Ti@@.

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  • Karltoon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #9

    I still dont care if he stays.. Not that fussed to be honest

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  • bettyswollocks

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #10

    enrique was an absolute liability against west brom. i was surprised he lasted the 90 minutes to be honest.

    he was much better against villa though so maybe he just needs a run of games.

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  • Sav

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Not that fussed if we lose Michael Owen?
    What team have you been watching that’s full of world class players?
    Its not as if we’ll get millions for him to buy the next hot striker. Owen’s contract is up and the club will get nowt. They’re lining up some German U-21 kid supposedly as his replacement. I hope he’s better than the Spanish U-21 striker they got in last time. And he cost 6.5million.
    We cannot afford to replace Owen. Its as simple as that and if you don’t figure on Oba getting injured or losing form between now and the end of April, you are not using your head.

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  • Bart

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Mayb not sam’s fav, but he definitely play long ball from time to time. I think he is lacking composure. U can sense it when some of the passings he made were going nowhere.
    Maybe afew matches will do.
    I do like him, but i still think we supposed to sign Baines instead of him. Both of them were transfer almost at the same time and same price.
    Come on Enrique, show me im wrong!

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    sirjason

    he was offered a contract in august for 120000 i fi remember correctley

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  • Richard

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Keep our best back 4 in place and allow them to start to know each others’ games.

    Beye Taylor Coloccini Enrique

    Taylor and Coloccini are beginning to show a better understanding the more they play together. The way ppl have singled out Taylor has been disgraceful. A vast majority of errors attributed to him haven’t even been his fault. he needs to improve – that is undeniable, but so do the rest of the defence.

    Enrique and Beye offer good options going forward.

    Let’s hope this back four can go on from strength to strength.

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  • irish_al

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    good point Richard

    i like the fact that Beye and Enrique have seperate games, Beye likes to overlap on the right and Enrique plays the ball from a deeper position (passing could be better and will hopefully improve)

    then we have Bassong to come in if required but it would be good to see a stable back 4 play week in week out

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  • Karltoon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Sav – I’d like MO to stay but personally i dont think he will unless Mr. Big Bucks takes over.

    But for the record i was talking about MA not MO

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  • bruTOOOON

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    now its time to bassong to kick taylor out of the CB

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  • skin d

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    oo ed, it,s defence with a ‘c’ get it reet man.

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  • toonoot

    Nov 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #19

    MO doesn’t want to be here. He never has and he never will. Let him go.

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