It seems if manager Joe Kinnear is still at Newcastle in January, he will try to bring in Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers, and move 22 year-old Jose Enrique back to Spain.
Jose Enrique – trouble nailing down first team spot at Newcastle
Kevin Keegan had identified the Blackburn left-back as one of his summer targets but Newcastle failed with a series of increasing bids that went up to £5M.
But in getting ready for the January transfer window, as we reported yesterday, Newcastle scouts have watched Warnock again, but whether we can get our money back on Enrique is a big question. Joe has already said there are some players he will try to move out in January, to fund the incoming players, and it looks likely that Jose is one of them.
We reportedly paid over £6M for Enrique, when he was brought to the club by Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2007, and Jose has never quite nailed down the left back spot, although he played well for Keegan at the end of last season. Another player that could be moved out is Xisco, another Spaniard, who cost us almost £6M last summer, and has also not shown us too much this season.
If Kinnear is given the nod this weekend to manage Newcastle through the end of the season, he will need to move quickly to shore up the Newcastle squad, which is much too small for the rigors of a Premier League campaign. We’ve all known that for about a year now.
Director of Football Dennis Wise should be able to work with Kinnear in trying to get Joe’s targets in, and it’s interesting there doesn’t seem to have been much disagreement between the two on who is calling the shots on the transfer front.
We assume it’s Joe, since he’s the one who’s drawn up a list of those players who should come in and those who should go come January. And of course, we still don’t know exactly what the huge breakup between Keegan and the Board really was in early September – it would be nice to find that out sometime, but we’re not now 100% certain it was as has been widely reported.
Anyway, if Joe is staying at the club, what we need is for Dennis and Joe to do a good job in the January transfer window, for the good of the club, which must start taking some priority (for a change) in this mess we’re in.
We also have to ensure if we do move players out, we get at least 3-4 additional players in, so our squad is that much bigger for the rest of the season.