Jose Enrique Made To Measure For New Newcastle

Jose Enrique will  return to the fray against Ipswich Town on Saturday night.

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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.

23 comments so far

  • Chris F

    Sep 25, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #1

    if i’m honest, enrique isn’t a bad player.

    he has had bad games, yes, but is he a bad player? no.

    if he can learn to cope with the english game in the championship, all the better, as it will serve him well in the premier league should we go back up.

    as Ed says, foreigners take time to settle, and defence is one of the most vital positions on a pitch as any mistake can, and usually will, result in a goal conceded.

    i just pray we keep hold of every player qwe have on the books atm until may (except maybe barton, who just looks like he cant be bothered) as we’ll put in a good promotion push.

    injuries allowing.

  • Jay jay

    Sep 25, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Just needs to improve his passing to become a complete left back, but he is young and eager and will get better the more he plays, could do with another left back to keep him on his toes though.

  • R2-D2

    Sep 25, 2009 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #3

    …deliver a whole bunch of string beans, to Utah…

  • R2-D2

    Sep 25, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #4

    ….sorry, I know I’m not welcome ’round these parts, but fck you all for JM

  • ziad

    Sep 25, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Good player. Could be great. Lets beat Ipwich!!

  • MacToon

    Sep 25, 2009 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #6

    RIP JM

  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 25, 2009 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #7

    You’re right he is a good player. And he is getting better and better. I think he will score goals just as soon as the rest of the team can keep the ball and put teams under pressure long enough for him to get forward and shoot. I like the guy.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 25, 2009 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Has unbeliviable pace and strength and not many can beat him one on one…unless they outsmart him. If he improves his positional sense and simple pacing he could be the number one spainish left back when capdevilla retires.

    His crossing is hot or cold. You either got a perfect whipped cross in, or a cross out for a goal kick. He is still young and postional sense and consistancy will come.

    I think he could be one to remember from ashleys rein. Its a shame as in the prem every little mistake he made ended in a goal, but as he matures these mistakes will become less frequent.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 25, 2009 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #9

    *simple passing i meant….had too many beers

  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 25, 2009 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #10

    fantastic little player, not the best player but certainly in every fans top five favs and hearts hes newcastle all thru and certainly gives his best rhu a match one hell of a shot aswell cant member who against but he smashed against the bar absolutely fantastic to see 😀

  • Jonas18

    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #11

    He’s always been a top player!

    I’ve never seen him cost us goals, so I don’t know what that one poster is on about.

    He could be worth 10 million pounds + in 2 years.

  • lesh

    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Robby @8 & 9…. simple passing i meant….had too many beers.

    simple pacing? Could have been worse Robby!

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Just reading the news and sources at the club ( lambias?) are saying KK this and that, 4m? no 8m?, hold on its 25m now.
    Now isnt this just typical of this regime, if they have something to say why not come out and say it to the fans via the media?
    Come on, enlighten us, and also tell us about the takeover and the boards plans.
    But no, it will be whispers here and there, smear campaigns and scare stories, lies and cover ups, no information whatsoever, no wonder the press hammer the club.

  • lesh

    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #14

    What’s the matter with ya BBB?

    This’s nothing new……. as ever, SNAFU!

  • ChrisToon1988

    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #15

    i kno it a bit off topic lol but just read tis on bbc news – Newcastle could be forced into administration if Kevin Keegan wins his £25m compensation claim against owner Mike Ashley where did 25m pop up from? :S

  • Joseph

    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #16

    christoon1988 its a story in a couple of red tops that keegan wants 25m 9m for contract plus 16m apparently for loss of future earnings, find that hard to believe myself that keegan would look for that amount

  • simon376@work

    Sep 25, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #17

    I was never a great fan of his, but got to say from the back end of last season to now, he is one of our most improved players.

    As for the claim, I would be amazed if it is £25m £9m is more like it. But no way could it be admin if he won. The way I look at it is, the £9m is what he was owed for his contract and apart from the brief Kinnear & Shearer spell, we have never employed anybody else, CH has been there from the start. Maybe CH has been given a bit more cash, but I doubt it’s anything like a manager salary. So how will be any worse off than if keegan was still employed?

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 25, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Lesh – This doomsday 25m figure got me proper poked this morning, the figures would have been known well in advance by both parties so who released that bombshell to the press then?
    I pray for a sale after this tribunal is over with a complete change and a fresh start and maybe we can then return to being a proper football club again.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 25, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    I can’t believe this load of rubbish about £25 million. at the best he can hope for is the loss of salary – a discount for getting money up front, he will get nothing for loss of future earnings as he had a contract that had a time limit, if an employee takes his company for wrongful dismissal he would only get a payout related to how long he had worked for the company & in Keegans case it was only months.

  • batty

    Sep 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #20

    papers have got nowt to write aboot us so they are making there own up as usual

  • premier

    Sep 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    If Enrique is the bull is ashley the bull shi##er

  • sahota

    Sep 25, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Enrique is one of two players I like in current squad. Other is Steven Taylor.

    And the more games Enrique is playing the better he is becoming.

    Com’on ” Enrique THE BULL”

    I think I need to make a scarf with ” Enrique THE BULL” written on it.

    And about this Keegan story, guys again don’t get scared. Papers and news channels know nothing neither do we. We will only know reality then decision is made and till then we should not worry. I till now never attach myself with any Manager or Player emotionally. I think we should keep emotions apart. These guys just are there to do a job and they earn from that. They are not doing any favour to Newcastle as we all pay them. They are not going to reduce their wages as manager or player because we are in Championship. Till now I am not sure about SHEARER, sometime it looks he has some emotions inside for Newcastle but about Keegan I am sure he has not feeling about us lot. So I don’t care what he does.

  • dougnufc

    Sep 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Some good news today, Harewood would not be wearing number 9 shirt 🙂


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