Jose Enrique has made the left-back position his own this season, with 24 appearances for Newcastle (23 starts), after being injured earlier in the season.
Jose Enrique – wants new signings at the club
Jose talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and wants to see Ashley and company improve the squad significantly in the summer.
Jose said today:
“I hope the fans come back, but we need new players.” “Both of my years have been the same – we have had too many injuries and not a big enough squad.”
“At times 10 or 11 have been injured.” “You can’t play like that. You can’t expect right-backs to play in midfield and wingers to play at left-back or have a striker playing out of position, and it’s hard to ask young players to come in too.”
“We can’t have excuses for doing badly but the squad needs improving if we want to move on.” “I think Newcastle will bring more players in next season.”
“They are still a big team that I knew about in Spain because they played in the UEFA Cup and Champions League.” “The last two years haven’t been good.” “We need to climb the table.”
Yet Enrique is confident that Newcastle can get something out of their game against the Gunners tomorrow, and cites Newcastle’s fine performance against World Club Champions Manchester United, in our last home game
“They are one of the best teams in England, and it’s a difficult test.” “I still think we can win, though.”
“We showed against Manchester United we can compete with the best teams.” “It’s no longer a case of we need to get something, we must get something.”
“And with our fans behind us we have a great chance.”
Enrique feels that his run in the side on Tyneside, has more than enabled him to finally become accustomed to the physical requirements of the English Premier League.
“It’s different in Spain – completely different to England.” “But I have become accustomed to it.”
“It was hard for me at the start last year because it was a different team and a different club.”
“Now I know what the manager wants from me in games.”
Jose has done well at Newcastle in the second half of this season, and he now looks a good player, well suited to the Premier league.
And you can hardly accuse Jose of not being a fighter, as he has turned in some great games at Newcastle over the last couple of months, and we think he’s going to be better next season.