José Enrique – Joe Kinnear Has Helped Us Improve

Many Newcastle fans may be surprised at this story, and what Jose Enrique has to say today, since Joe Kinnear is looking to bring in another left back as his top priority in the January transfer window.

Jose Enrique –  Kinnear has helped us all improve

We’ve all seen a marked improvement in José’s performances as he at last gets a long run at left-back for Newcastle United.

But even Kevin Keegan admitted we have only one left back at the club, and since Charles N’Zogbia would rather play on the left wing, which is his best position, we need another left-back to compete with Jose, and by the way, if José keeps on improving like he’s been doing, he could still keep his place in the team.

That’s been true of Bassong, who has looked great these last several weeks and is now keeping Steven taylor on the bench, and hopefully Joe Kinnear, as he has already said, has no favorites and every single player must fight for his place.

Sounds good to us.

Enrique told today:

“We are experiencing a good run of results. We conceded lots of draws, but against good adversaries, which is a good thing for us.”

“We are self-confident. The manager’s change proved positive as he has helped us improve.”

“Thanks to him I’m playing the football that I like. I don’t want to forget the way football is being played in Spain and at the moment I attack much more.”

“The coach asked me to do so and congratulated me for my work.”

Enrique has a great attitude, and when there was news earlier this year that Joe was going to offload him, he made it clear he was going nowhere, and would fight for his place on Tyneside.

We like young Jose, because he’s showing an excellent attitude, and rather than being disappointed and depressed at Newcastle bringing in another left back, he is fighting hard and playing better, and will obviously keep fighting to keep his starting place in the side.

We like that – keep it up Jose – that’s just exactly what the fans want to see.

20 comments so far

  • Partizan

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Enrique suits Maicon’s style of playing….if he has the stamina to make those forward runs all the way and going back to defend all the way…..then why not.

  • Vin

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    it was unbelievable what JFK said about him with regard to the possibilty of Riise coming….so its surprising Jose said this.

    Enriques had a coule of stinkers, and some below par….but hes had good games too. If he gets more consistant then hell be ok.

    Still….seems a tad slow to me!

  • Daniel

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m quite suprised, and impressed, that JK told him to attack more. Heard he prefered more defensive fullbacks.

  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #4

    True. He’s got bags of potential in my opinion, but another left back to make him work that little bit harder would be great.

    On the full back line, anyone think that we need another RB to cover for beye?

  • 51times

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    I like Enrique and I’m sure he’ll continue to improve.

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Do you not think JFK said what he did about Enrique to give him a kick up the ass? Personally I think it was an excellent move from a pretty street wise manager

  • Vin

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope he comes good…..hes good driving forward and his crossing is ok…just his normal passing “lumped over the top” is poor.

    A player who could play left and right back would be ideal.

    Baines isnt the answer,…hes about 5 foot tall isnt he?

  • irish_al

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Enrique looked impressive against portsmouth, he made a few good runs with the ball down the left flank and provided the assist to oba’s goal

    if he can regulary add a bit of running on the ball to his game i think he will look a better player

  • HeronMag

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m delighted to see that a young member of our squad has such a brilliant attitude.

    Previous players at this club (Bellamy and Dyer to name a couple) would spit their dummy out if the manager ever threw the gauntlet down to them the way Kinnear did with Enrique with the Riise news.

    Enrique has been getting his head down and training hard – we can see the dividends in his increasing form. Young Jose should be commended.

  • Spyro

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Class player on his day. Needs to be more consistent, but a few more performances like last week and everyone will be off of his back. He is only 22 remember.

  • Stardust

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Spyro – no chance whatsoever – everyone will be on his back every second of every mistake why – because his surname isnt Taylor and he isnt a geordie lol

  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #12

    He has a good attitude. Players usually go back to their home press and bitch but he hasnt. He also recently said he enjoys life in Newcastle.

    But atm he isnt good enough but he could be in a few years. He still got done by Pamarot and Defoe and Sunday but attacked really well.

  • Spyro

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13


    He tackled Defoe/defended well against Defoe more times than Defoe beat him on sunday. Pamarot got forward about twice the whole game and beat him once. However, i do take your point about him being a few years off of the finished article.


    you’re probably right lol.

  • mark

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    “because his surname isnt Taylor and he isnt a geordie lol”

    really? pretty sure everyone jumps on taylors back no.

    enrique needs to be more consistent..plenty of time for him to improve =D

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Doesn’t this just tell you not to believe the press-EVER!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #16

    The only time they ever get it right is a total guess…They’re bound to get ‘lucky’ occaisionally…

    …Boycott the ‘toilet’ papers!..

  • Whumpie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #17

    At 22, he must know that being the only LB in the first team of a premiership side is going to be short-lived. He needs competition, and a more senior player with loads of experience to pass on would be ideal. Then Jose can come on when the old guy tires or breaks himself.

    I was utterly chuffed to see him whack that shot in on Sunday. Gerrrintherehosayyyyyy!


    Dec 17, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #18

    he’ll only get better…i really liked that both enrique and bassong are positioned on the left side of the defence and coloccini and beye on the right; our back line hasn’t looked so balanced and solid for a long time.

  • Piers

    Dec 17, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Enrique is first class. I really think that he will beat out Baines for the starting job. I don’t think we realize the type of player that we have in Jose.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 17, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Whumpie – Age doesn’t matter one bit.

    I’d rather play a gifted 17 year old than a hopeless 27 year old, ie. Ranger over Smith.


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