There’s good news about Jose Enrique today, and surprise news that Chris Hughton would still like to keep Patrick van Aanholt on Tyneside.
Jose Enrique – starts comeback in training on Monday
Jose will return to training next week as he continues his comeback from his hamstring injury, but even though Ashley Cole has a broken ankle, Chris is still thinking of a possible extension of Patrick’s time on Tyneside.
It looks like the game at Watford is Patrick’s final loan game with the current arrangement.
“We’re hoping José will start training on Monday,” “Patrick has two more games left.” ” We have to make a decision about Patrick, it’s not as simple as José coming back and him going”
“Officially, his loan period finishes after Watford.”“We haven’t spoken to Chelsea about the loan situation yet, we’ve just spoken to them about his game and his performances. We will make decisions over the next week on how we address that situation.”
“The loan period is for a month, but it can be extended. We haven’t spoken to Chelsea yet though, so we don’t want to jump the gun. We’ll assess that after the game this weekend.”
The Newcastle fans and Chris Hughton himself have obviously been impressed with van Aaholt’s contributions at Newcastle,and he has come in and immediately contributed to the side.
Patrick has had quite a bit of football this season, because in the first part of the season he was at Coventry City and appeared there 20 times.
And of course 24 year-old Jose Enrique has had his best season ever on Tyneside, and it was tough for a 19 year-old to come in and play so well that the side has hardly missed Jose, while he’s been out injured.
“It’s been a tough one for him because he’s been replacing a player who has done very well for us this season and given us a real driving force on that left-hand side,” “As a young man, he’s come in and done well.”
It would be good if Chris can indeed extend Patrick’s time at Newcastle, and if he can do that, it can let Jose have a little more time to fully recover from his injury.
We’d love it if Patrick could be signed permanently by Newcastle, but we’re not sure Chelsea would be daft enough to let us have him – not when he’s just 19 and could become even better.
However, he could still become a target of Newcastle in a year or two, and he’s exactly what Newcastle need.