Kinnear Half-Time Talk Gets Best Out Of Enrique

It will be interesting to see where Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear plays new signing Ryan Taylor on Saturday, since it’s almost certain he will start that game.


Jose Enrique – with famous Tyne Bridge in background

It seems like the player most under threat from Ryan is left-back Jose Enrique.

Joe Kinnear felt that Enrique wasn’t in the game enough in the first half against Sunderland, and let him know that, in no uncertain terms, at the break.

Joe apparently urged the 23 year-old to take full advantage of what Joe felt was a narrow Sunderland midfield.

But Joe seemed to be very pleased with Jose ‘s response as he played very well in the second half, and even seemed like he was determined to get that winning goal.

Kinnear talked to the Shields Gazette this morning:

“I told Jose at half time ‘you’re not giving what I expect from you’,” “He’s got all the potential to be a top-class left-back, but he just sits at times.”

“He was our get-out ball, without a shadow of a doubt. I didn’t think he did that enough in the first-half, so I had words with him at half-time.”

“I thought he did exceptionally well second-half. When he gets in that last third of the pitch, he can hurt teams. He has the ability to do it.”

“Sometimes he’s just prepared to sit on his backside in that position and let the game drift away from him.”

Of course Joe Kinnear has been looking for another left-back to challenge Jose for some time, just like Kevin Keegan before him.

Ryan Taylor can also play right back, so one player is threatening both full backs and both wingers for their places, and that has to be good in terms of getting good performances from the lads.

Ryan could also make his debut on the wing on Saturday, which he may well do, with Jonas being suspended for the game.

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • toonoholic

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    what are the odds of enrique performing so well against sunderland , not getting a start against WBA?

    as in if that would really shatter his confidence.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Ryan Taylor hates playing on the left, thats why he left Wigan.

    Dunno wha JFK is on about either, Jose created our best chance in the first hlf and was probably one of best players in the first half.

  • toooooonfan

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    in my opinion he was better in the first half!
    kinnear is retarded

  • toonoholic

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    yeah surprising he said jose was bad in first half. i think jose was amazing the whole night. just shows kinnears ability to read the game when it comes to jose. is he biased ?

  • safferman

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Hah, Enrique must have spotted Taylor in the stands the second half, hence the improvement….

  • stevep

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Stick Ryan on the right and put Duff on the left…bizarrely thats his actual position!!!

  • chanty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    i think our right side will be taylor made to face WBA

  • Matt Lacey

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Enrique was probably our most potent attacking threat especially in the first half, so what is Kinnear on about?

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10


    Didnt expect that from the mirror like.

    Enrique just needs a fire up his ar*e end from time to time.

    He was excellent in patches on Sunday.

  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Enrique is a far better player than Ryan Taylor.
    Taylor is no more than a squad player, to keep it down a bit guys.

    It sounds like you see Taylor as a saviour, then you’ll be disappointed.

  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Well for a start coloccini is supposed to be injured atm so itll be s.taylor partnering bassong with enrique and r.taylor on the flanks which unfortunately means geremi will be back ;'(

    Also im not surprised ht team talks help enrique they seem to help the entire team because we dont start until the 2nd half in any game! At least it seems that way.

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Yawn…Everything JK says I am like yup ! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Ross

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #14

    posted this on an earlier thread but felt it would be more appropriate here


    getting rid of Enrique would be stupid. He had a good game against Sunderland because he’s going through whats commonly known as “development” or “adaptation”. Thats what happens when a young, promising player comes to a different country and begins to learn his trade, but the majority of you lot wrote him off as crap when he wasnt bombing down the wings and making crunchers left right and center, give him time!
    if his link up play with Jonas along the left against the scum is anything to go by then he could become very good for us.

  • Mags

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Shows how much I know about football then Joe – as I thought Enrique was brilliant the whole match but particularly so in the first half!!!!

    The trouble is Joe don’t like Jose, whereas I think we should stick with the lad, I am convinced he will come good. Just needs to improve his distribution of the ball.

  • Mark-o

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Chanty that was the worst joke in the world ever. Well done! 🙂

  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    See i think everyone is missunderstanding what joe is saying, he didnt say enrique was terrible in the first half he said he sat back more getting forward and supporting jonas. In the second half enrique got forward a hell of a lot more and he and jonas starred in the SECOND HALF.

    They were both good all game but it was only in the second half that they produced outstanding performances. The best part of enriques game is getting forward and thats what joe is talking about because he didnt show this until the second half. World class full backs get forward and get back, he did this only in 2nd half

  • stevt_0_3

    Feb 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Wonder what he said to Duff at half time.
    Probably nothing as he was crap 1st and 2nd half

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    I really like Jose and have been found to defend him alot against other fans. Drogba was a seasoned CL player when he arrived at Chelsea and it was not till his THIRD season till he came good, thats why I cant understand everyone hammering Enrique and Xisco as this boy aint been given a chance full stop as they wont even play him in the reserve’s.

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Jose can look quality at times. Against Portsmouth and Sunderland he’s been fantastic, and has looked every inch the £6m full back that we thought we were getting.

    I’m all for keeping Enrique, but he’s got to stop going missing in games.

  • chuck

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Have to admitt I have not been a fan of Jose, however I know he has potential.
    He surprised me with his pace and he was`nt nicknamed “toro nino” for lack of a physical game.
    He can also play the attacking wing back role pretty good.
    On the negative side he is subject to the occasional bad pass and sometimes gets caught upfield.
    Like most players it can be blamed on a lack of concentration and sometimes a lack of effort.
    But overall he has plenty of potential and it`s really up to Jose, hero or zero ?

  • Ross

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #22

    the only little problem i have with Enrique is his distrobution at times, and its just his short passing game at that. There will be times he’ll misplace a pass to a lad that is only a matter of feet away from him. However, i’ve defended him from the start and will continue to do so. If he sorts out his distrobution/crossing, he could be brilliant bombing down the flanks for us. I remember a certain point in the first half against the mackems where he had the ball in the corner, lost it twice i think, won it back twice, and then weaved through one or two of their lads and stuck a canny ball in to the back post, i was loving it. He has the ability like.

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #23

    sirjasontoon- Its been quiet without your defeatist input today. Did you have trouble getting to work on your vintage bike? Ant & Dec are back on saturday night with Saturday Night Takeaway. Bet you cant wait. I go out on saturdays so will have to sky plus it.

  • Brettoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Enrique was class in the first half and not so good in the second half.

    What the hell did you say to him JK?!?!


  • toonoholic

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #25

    the paedophile is back. and hes barking again.

  • Brettoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Bennytoon –

    F O

    You little sh1t

  • neil

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Wouldn’t you think that Lee Ryder (One of the main sports writers for NUFC) would’ve been told that Jonas is not playing this weekend….

    Hmmm I wonder who Taylor will replace…..maybe Jonas!!!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #28

    bennytool !!!

    What a wa*ker !

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone think that the Everton v Liverpool game last night was a complete pile of pap !!!

    You just knew that once Gerrard and Torres went off that the game was Evertons !

  • cashleyout

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #30

    id rather have jose at the club than joke kinear.

  • alextoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #31

    lets not forget enrique is 22 years old…he’s no different from guthrie in terms of how much we expect from him. He will get better and better and was brilliant against Sunderland, one of the best players along with Jonas I thought

  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #32

    born again- this is a nmewcastle blog! go find a scouse blog if you want to discuss that game!

  • Whumpie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Waldo P. Barnstormer – I’ve heard (and it adds up) that it’s Xisco who refuses to play in the reserves, which is why he’s so low in the 1st team pecking order. I suspect that he’s being excluded more for his attitude than any lack of ability.

    As for Enrique, I agree with JFK – he was a good defender in the 1st half, but an amazing attacker (Ashley Cole, anyone?) in the 2nd half. He and Jonas were the highlight for me.

  • Tom1664

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #34

    I think he’ll work well with Jonas – Enrique is great getting forward and Jonas is good tracking back. They can cover for each other and, as we saw against the mackems, make a pretty awesome attacking combo.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #35


    exactly – so F R O and find a spuds website then you lonely tool !!!!

  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #36

    jose enrique was better in the first half imo

  • Brettoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Bennytoon –

    There’s a Spurs blog somewhere in the gutter.

    Go there


    Feb 5, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #38

    this kid is good, and he’s only a kid; great attitude, working harder every game, likes to get forward…everything that Insomnia was suppose to be.

    s. taylor should remain as RB as long as coloccini and bassong are both fit/available. he has decent pace to get forward and back and can give beye and the new kid taylor some competition. looked very dangerous overlapping duff on a few of his runs…

    speaking of duff; he played on the right while at chelsea where he and robbin dominated the wings, so he does know that side of the pitch. give him some time to get his legs back

    do not start viduka! he has no reason to fight since we’re not extending his contract. we should be giving the kids a chance when first team members are hurt…

  • alder09

    Feb 5, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #39

    i think he’s a brilliant player
    kinnear is a complete idiot and the sooner he goes the happier the club, players and fans will be.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Enrique definitely has the potential to be one of the best in the league, just needs to be consistant.


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