Jose Enrique will return to the fray against Ipswich Town on Saturday night.
Jose Enrique – only specialised LB at the club
Ever since Jose has been at the club he’s essentially been the only specialist left-back at the club so Hughton is anxious that Enrique steer clear of injury over the coming weeks and months.
Enrique has done well after a difficult start at Newcastle, but he’s stuck at it, has improved his game, and is now is a fan favorite because of the fight and passion he shows for Newcastle on the football field.
This season he has quickly adapted to the Championship and has played well in Newcastle’s resurgence this season.
Chris Hughton talked about Jose today in the Shield’s Gazette:
“Jose’s certainly benefited from playing the amount of games that he has,” “Looking back to last season, which was of course a disappointing season, he was able to play a lot of games.”
“I think Jose’s one that has certainly made improvements in his game, and we hope he continues to do so.”
“Sometimes we want a player to come into the side and produce what we know he’s capable of straightaway.”
“But sometimes we do have to appreciate foreign players coming into the English league have to adapt to more things than somebody who’s come through the ranks, or been bought from another English club has to.”
“He has to adapt to the pace of the game, the language barrier and personalities – sometimes that can be instant, and sometimes it can take a little bit of time.”
“He’s certainly one who has improved the more games he’s had.”
Big Sam Allardyce signed Enrique for £6.3M from Villarreal in August, 2007 and Jose has stuck in on Tyneside.
He’s stuck at it and gradually improved his game, and he now has 65 appearances for Newcastle, with 58 startse but so far no goals.
Maybe he can get that first goal at Ipswich on Saturday.