Jose Enrique Loves The Newcastle City And Football Club

Joe Enrique, who has not had it easy is the last 18 months on  Tyneside, has been interviewed in depth today by the Sunday Sun.


Jose Enrique on Tyneside

Most fans also remember that furious exchange at Ewood Park with Joey Barton, in which he and Barton had to be separated, and even last week Sebastien Bassong had a go at him early in the game, for letting his winger get past him, and Sebastien had to go over and cover for the Spaniard.

But Jose likes it at Newcastle, which he’s said often while he’s been on Tyneside, and thinks Newcastle is a great City, if a little cold.

Jose told The Sunday Sun this morning:

“I’m happy living here, I’m happy being at Newcastle, because it’s a very good club and a great city, and I’m happy because I am playing right now,”

“But I’m not happy because we’ve only won one of our last six games, and because of the position we are in the league. Nobody here can be totally happy in this situation.”

Jose has actually done quite well in settling down, but has been a little inconsistent this season, but there’s signs of a very good player there. He certainly doesn’t lack the spirit or fight, and had a terrific second half against Sunderland a few weeks back, and usually puts in a good shift for the team.

Jose continued:

“I know I can play better than I have,” “It’s been difficult to play here. Not in England, but in this team, because when you play bad and your team is down, life is hard.”

“You have seen the games. In some of them, all we do is defend, defend. That is the situation we are in.”

“In Spain, my game was to attack. You play with Manchester United, Arsenal . . . they are never defending in the game. All the time it is ‘attack, attack’. But in our situation, it’s more difficult.” “When I was at Villarreal, I played very well because the team was playing very well. It’s all about the 11 players playing well.”

“They became one of the top teams in Spain, and my characteristic there was to attack all the time. But here, I can’t. It’s very different.”

“The problems for Newcastle have probably made me a better player,” Enrique adds. “I always felt I defended well, but now I defend better, because I practise it every day.”

“The only problem here is our position in the league. Nobody wants this club to go into the Second Division.” “I think we have very good players, so it is hard to understand how we’re in this position. You see training and we have good players. It can only be the injuries.

“Too often we have 10 or 12 people out and reserve team players have to come into the first team because we don’t have enough players.

“The most frustrating thing is that so many of our strikers are out with injuries. It’s frustrating for the team, but this is our only problem I think.”

Jose is very good going forward, and he’s right that he needs to defend better, and concentrate more on that side of his game.

And that’s something manager Joe Kinnear has also said, and Joe should be able to give him some good advice, after Joe played right back for Tottenham and Ireland for some 10 years.

Jose also seems to like the people at Newcastle, and thinks the team spirit within the club is just fine, as he continued:

“No, the people here are incredible.” “Of course, it’s good for me to have other Spanish-speaking players here.”

“It was difficult for me to adapt for my first few months here because I only spoke Spanish, so it’s good that I can help Xisco and Colo (Fabricio Coloccini), who didn’t speak English when they came. It’s a nice group we have.”

“Joey? These things happen in football. Him and me are the same — we want to win. He is hungry, I am hungry. He hates losing, I hate losing. He was angry, I was angry.”

“But after the game we were OK again. I don’t have any problem with him, and we joke about it now.” “My contract here is for another three years. I want to stay here for those three years — and maybe 10 more! I like this club and I like this city.”

“I want to play European football, and this club can do that. It’s not many years since Newcastle played Champions League.” “Yes, this year is difficult, and we must fight to stay in the Premier League. But next year, or the year after, who knows?”

“The weather is OK. It’s cold, but it’s good not to have to play in the heat of Spain. And when I am out in the city, I wear a big coat.”

We really don’t know if Joe Kinnear wants to sell Jose, and there was some widely reported news we would have exchanged him for Celtic center back Stephen McManus in January, but the deal fell through because Celtic couldn’t afford Jose’s wages of £40K/week.

We don’t know if the story is true, but if it is, it would appear that Joe will replace Jose in the summer, but we’d like Enrique to stay at the club, because we think he can turn into a more than decent player on Tyneside.

And it seems like Jose would be happy to stay at the club for his entire career, and that’s good to hear.   😀

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 15, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I like Enrique, i think he will get better and better.

    Judging by his last couple of performances, he will be a fantastic left back in the future.

    He will learn, and if he is consistant he will be worth his money

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    I dont think Kinnear wanted to sell him 2bh, a just think the papers seen him as a easy player to target to try and sell, he is getting better and better, and only 22 so he be with us for like he said, 10 years !! 😀

  • dougnufc

    Feb 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Enrique has a great attitude, I really hope he would be a little bit more consistent because we all know that he is loads of talent. He will soon be a superstar if he trains harder.

  • LazyTOONboy

    Feb 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4


    —–R/S Taylor Colo Bassong Enrique

    —————–Butt (C) Nolan

    ——-Amiobe (Viduka) Loven (Martins)

    1st TEAM

    ——Beye Colo Bassong Enrique

    ———–Nolan Butt Guthrie



  • LazyTOONboy

    Feb 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #5

    not much between them

    agree . . . ??


    Feb 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope he plays every week as he can only get better and better. Love his attitude keep up the good work Enrique.

  • Toonmadtom

    Feb 15, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    i agree geordie69 he can only get better. He is quite good attacking like

  • RyanToon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    jose, my fav player 😉

  • Nenad

    Feb 15, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Jose es mejor jugador en nuestro equipo :p

  • workyticket

    Feb 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Nenad // Feb 15, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    “Jose es mejor jugador en nuestro equipo :p”

    La liga primera es más dura 😛

  • NE3 NICK

    Feb 15, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    We should perservere with him. He has talent and seems to be a good lad. He does need to improve though.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Good player. Great potential. Great attitude. Gets way to much unfair stick.

  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    We could keep him would be a pretty good backup but also need a quality LB for the position.
    The guy has surprising pace for someone of his build, can get forward but not a great history of a finished product, could improve.
    Believe he had a history as an attacking wing back in Spain which was why he was bought.
    Pro`s Pace, can play the attacking role, can put his foot in and play physical.
    Cons, tends to get caught upfield, therefore reluctant to attack, errant passes, tends to give the ball away in his own half.
    Look any player can improve with experience and concentration, the natural ability is already there.

  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Could get Bent for around 8m.
    Guys a natural goalscorer was on SBR`s list, would like to see him @ the toon this summer

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Bent doesn’t offer enough, a bit like Owen.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #16

    i question why some fans don’t rate him.

    he is better than our last 3 leftbacks…well who is our last best leftback?

    he will improve

    He is still young…(early 20s)


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