Will Newcastle Now Sign A Left Back?

Ever since Jose Enrique came to Newcastle in August of 2007, he’s never had anybody to challenge him for the left back position.

Jose Enrique – out with a hamstring injury

With Jose’s injury last night – it’s a hamstring pull – that may change as Newcastle still have 4 days left in the transfer market.

And 23 year-old left back Daniel Fox, who was a former target of Newcastle when he was at Coventry, is available from Celtic for around £2M, so he may become a target again.

But Chris Hughton is hoping the Spanish left-back will not be facing an extended lay-off.

Enrique pulled his hamstring midway through the first half and the Spanish U21 International will be sidelined for a couple of weeks, at the very minimum.

There is news that Steven Taylor will not return until March, although the club have not said anything official on this, and that’s another reason we were delighted with Mike Williamson’s performance last night.

We have Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor and now Jose Enrique, from our first choice back four, all out injured right now.

Hughton talked about Jose’s injury last night:

“It is a concern for us at the moment. Jose has felt his hamstring and we’re hoping the fact he came off straight away rather, than make it any worse, will have helped.”

“We won’t know until the morning how serious it is.”

“We’ve taken a few knocks and bruises tonight but at this stage of the season, when everyone is fighting to do well, you expect competitive games, and tonight was very competitive.”

Of course Ryan Taylor has now served his one match ban, and will be available for the game on Saturday at Leicester City, and could well fill in for Enrique.

The absence of Enrique could be a significant blow to Newcastle’s promotion chances, we have to admit that, but it’s also a chance to strengthen the squad even more – by signing another specialist left back .

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    So Chris Hughton’s hoping Enrique will not be facing an extended lay-off?

    Does Chris Hughton think he can afford to take the risk of losing our only established LB at this stage of the season?

    Come on Chris, we’re assuming you’ve assessed the risks attached to that possibility and its likely impact on promotion and trust that MA will sanction anothe signing. After all, £2m plus wages is a small price to pay for going up.

  • MacToon

    Jan 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Kadar did ok at LB, he looked better than he did at RB anyway and I’d say go with him at LB on Saturday and R Taylor at RB (unfortunately).

    How long is Simpson out for anyone know?

    A “utility” defender would be better imo and another forward, maybe a more creative MF’er too but hopefully Rouledge will cause some problems now down the right.

  • Toonmadtom

    Jan 28, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    we could defo use a utility player who can play anywere in the back four. Would be good for kadar to start as lb i dont rate ryan taylor there unfortunatly.

  • Martin33

    Jan 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    MacToon, I remember it’s two games off about Simpson’s injury.

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    A utility defender? Could this be he? Noticed Burnley supposedly intersted in him too.



    Does that mean that they’ve lost interst in Fox?

  • Raffo

    Jan 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Fitz Hall maybe a decent shout, given his versitility, but again, what about next season should we get promoted, would he be good enough? Should we be looking for just this season or should we be trying to be a little proactive for next year?

    Fox maybe decent but I think if Hall can play a number of positions, and his experience, this would make him my favourite rumour over Fox and Taylor

  • Mr Books

    Jan 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Give Aaron Hughes a call and see if he fancies finishing his career back here – I don’t think there is a better utility player and he’ll put a shift in every time he crosses the white line.

  • i love jose

    Jan 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    but if we sign another left back the world would end!


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