We’ve been surprised that Alan Shearer went to three at the back when Jose Enrique got injured.
Jose Enrique – getting better at Newcastle
While Alan is right to say Jose is our only specialist left-back, and we should have bought another one to compete with Jose by now, there are other players who can play left back for a couple of games.
David Edgar can play there as can Damien Duff, but of course it didn’t help matters, when we sold Charles N’Zogbia to Wigan in January, since he could play there quite well, and has done often.
Alan talked about Jose today to the Newcastle Journal:
“It’s posed a major problem for us, because our one and only left-back has not been fit,” “As a result, we’ve had to ask players to play out of position and go with different formations to what we would otherwise have gone with.”
“From that point of view, losing José was just about the worst thing that could have happened. If you’ve only got one left- back, you can’t afford to lose him.” “If he’d been fit, I wouldn’t have made the changes I’ve had to make. If our left- back had been fit, he would have been playing at left-back. Simple as that.”
“I think he (Enrique) found it tough when he first came in, but over the last couple of months I think he’s adapted well.” “He’s very quick and pacy and gets up and down the line well. I think he’s done well over the last couple of months.”
“We’re hopeful. He hasn’t fully trained, but he’s been working with the physios all week and that’s gone well. He’s been stepping things up, and if things go well, hopefully he’ll be in full training with us all on Saturday.”
There’s a good vote of confidence for Jose, who the Newcastle fans have taken to for his fighting qualities, and he certainly seems to be getting better at Newcastle, the longer he’s on Tyneside.
Alan will need lots of his players to stand up to the plate for him and the Newcastle United club on Monday night, it we are to avoid the disaster of being relegated, which is huge threat right now.
We can still do it, but it seems it’s up to the players now, and they need to show some guts and pride to escape the drop – and lots of it.