Jose Enrique is starting to show some of the excellent form he showed towards the end of last season, but he still thinks he can play a lot better at Newcastle.
Jose Enrique – becoming fixture at Newcastle – just like the Tyne Bridge
The 23-year-old thinks he has more to give than Newcastle fans have seen so far, although the Newcastle faithful are warming to a player who seems to have a heart as big as Tynemouth.
Nobody has ever questioned the temperament or personality of this lad, and he seems to be gaining confidence as the Newcastle crowd is getting behind him during the home matches.
Jose has started 30 games for Newcastle this season and has now made 49 appearances for the Magpies, and makes his 50th appearance against Bolton at The Reebok on Sunday.
Jose told the Newcastle Chronicle:
“I feel I am playing well at the moment but I feel I can do better. In Spain I played much better.”
“It’s different because when I arrived here Newcastle weren’t challenging at the top and Villarreal were a successful team challenging for the Champions League.”
“When you are scrapping down at the bottom, the games are of a much different nature.” “You are fighting at the bottom.”
While Jose seems pleased to reach a personal milestone, he is more concerned that Newcastle get away from that relegation zone.
“It’s good for me to reach this tally of 50 games,” “In two years I feel I should have played more and want to play much more in the future, but 50 is a good number.”
“I’m happy to reach it but I would be even happier to get the three points.”
“I’m happy to play. But footballers are only happy when the team is doing well.”
“We’re confident of beating Bolton though. That’s for sure. Bolton are only three points ahead of us and we need to beat them.”
Jose seems to be settling in well at Newcastle now, and sometimes it takes a full season or more to allow these players, especially when they are young like Jose, to get acclimatized to life in England, and also to the football, which is of course very physical.
There were rumors that Joe Kinnear wanted to sell Jose in January, but there should be little chance of that now, with the Spanish Under-21 International starting to show some really top form.
Keep it up Jose!