Jose Enrique is pleased with the start Newcastle have made to the season, but believes the team continue their good form and get promotion next May.
Jose Enrique – we can get better
Enrique admits that the Newcastle lads have cultivated a winning mentality in the first 11 games of the season, and thinks the team has areas they can improve on, as the season progresses:
“We’re top by three points which is fantastic even though we’ve only drawn our last two games,”
“Every team wants to win their home games, and I guess also every team in the League can say we should have more points than we have – we should have had a penalty, if only we didn’t concede in the last minute and all that sort of stuff. But we really can’t complain.”
“As a team we’re doing OK, I think. Our defensive record is pretty good, but of course there are always things to improve on.”
“The three loan signings have fitted in very well and it’s important, especially in defence, that we have cover for the various positions, especially with myself and Colo both missing the last game – yet we still kept a clean sheet.”
We’ve about managed to survive any major injuries so far this season, although we now have Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi out long term.
Injuries are still a big concern, but if we do get a string of injuries, you have to hope that Chris has players lined up that we could bring in on loan. The loan season lasts until November 25th so that’s still around 6 weeks away.
And Jose is clear about the importance of getting back into the big time next May:
“Myself and the rest of the lads know how important it is to get back into the Premier League,”
“We’re committed as a group and want to put last season’s troubles behind us and give the supporters plenty to cheer as the season moves on.”
“All of the lads welcome the break as it gives us a chance to rest and get prepared for the next game at Nottingham Forest,” “The games in the Championship come thick and fast, but for me I like playing all the time, so it’s no problem.”
“It also helps the injured lads get back to fitness as I know a couple of the players were carrying very minor knocks.”
Jose missed the last game against Bristol City with a slight hamstring strain, but he’s OK now, and Fabricio Coloccini should be back as well.
So we’ll have all our players fit apart from Joey and Shola, so there should have some competition for places in the side for the upcoming games, starting at Nottingham Forest a week today.
That’s always good to hear.