The team spirit at Newcastle has been high to say the least this season, and it’s such a contrast to what the dressing room was like last season, when the team was relegated from the Premiership, for the first time ever.
Jose Enrique – faithful to the Newcastle cause
And Jose Enrique has today given a long interview with the Evening Chronicle, and he reflects on how difficult it was when he first arrived on Tyneside as a young inexperienced 21 year-old Spaniard in a foreign country:
“This is maybe my best year here.” “The first year was more difficult for me, because I spoke no English.” “I spoke Spanish and no-one else at the club did, and that is hard.”
“It was not the same for Jonas and Coloccini when they first arrived. When they came in, they had another player who spoke the same language.”
“That first year I was so alone with my girlfriend, which was a little bit hard for me.” “In the last five months of the second year, I thought I played well, and this year I have been lucky with injuries, apart from the last one, and I have developed.”
“I’m happy for that.” “I have confidence in myself, and I think I can do more for the team.”
A number of Newcastle players last summer wanted to leave the club, and didn’t want to play in England’s second division, and those are the players who basically moved out.
Martins, Beye, Bassong, Duff, Xisco and Owen all went to pastures anew last summer.
But Enrique wasn’t one of them, and consistently said last summer he was willing to stay at the Tyneside club and help them get promotion back to the Premiership.
Jose talked about this today:
“I never said I wanted to leave when we were relegated. But playing in the Championship is hard for some players.”
“It wasn’t hard for me, but I understand for some players who have played all the time in the Premier League, it’s hard to play one year in the Championship.”
“It should be just one year, and I’m happy for that – each game we play takes us a step closer to promotion.” “The home games are important and we have known for a while that if we win them all, we go up.”
“The Forest game and the Sheffield United games were always going to be big ones and we knew that from the start of the season.”
“I wanted to stay, and I want to finish next season here.” “I’m happy here, and I want the team to come back to the Premier League.”“Football changes, but the most important thing for me is to play all the games.”
The £6.2M man signed from Spanish club Villareal in the summer of 2007 by big Sam Allardyce, is looking forward to a tremendous atmosphere at St. James’ Park tonight for the vital game with Forest:
“I’m happy for that, and I say thank you to the fans, because they like me, and I know that.” “It’s important for me, because I have confidence in all the games, and I try more in the games.”
“I’m happy for that, but it’s not about me, and I say this all the time, the more important thing is the team.” “I care about the team, and coming back to the Premier League is more important.”
Jose is a big favorite on Tyneside, and famously once said that he even liked the weather on Tyneside, and it was just too hot in his native Spain. 😀
The lad has appeared 87 times so far for the Newcastle club, and we fully expect Jose to stay at Newcastle for many seasons to come.
Jose has the opportunity to become one of the best left backs ever to play for the Tyneside club – we think he can become that good in the Premiership.