Jose Enrique cost Newcastle United a pretty penny in the transfer market three years ago.
You would think Jose had just scored his first goal for Newcastle United
Sam Allardyce shelled out £6.2M for the Villareal player who was then a Spanish U21 International, and he had a rocky first season on Tyneside.
But since then Jose has got used to the English game and he is currently in the lead in our poll for the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Season, leading slightly from Kevin Nolan.
Jose is almost a folk hero on Tyneside these days – and if he continues his current form he should be able to get into the Spanish squad before too long.
And Jose, in a recent interview, made it very clear he doesn’t plan to leave the Newcastle club anytime soon:
“I still believe I can get better and I intend to do that with Newcastle,” “I have seen a few things about other clubs being interested in me, but they shouldn’t bother. For me, I only want to play for Newcastle.”
“I’m happy here and I want to stay. If other teams want to buy me they have to speak to Newcastle, but I don’t want to go. The only way I will go is if Newcastle need the money.”
“I don’t know what the situation is, but I don’t think so. If they want to sell me that’s not my problem, but I want to stay here and I have told everyone that as well.”
“Next year will be my fourth season at Newcastle and I have enjoyed my time here. It is a happy club now. I know some players have not liked Newcastle, foreign players, but I don’t understand why.”
“I like the city, I don’t listen to people who say it’s not good.” “It is a big club and it can be an even bigger one. The Premier League is a better league with Newcastle in it. I think the Premier League has missed us.”
Jose was one of the few players during our disastrous relegation season, that both played well and gave everything he had, and we expect him to do very well next season, when Newcastle are of course back in the Premiership.
Newcastle seem to have got rid of the players that didn’t want to be on Tyneside, and that has made a huge difference to the attitude and spirit of the squad, and every player now wants to play for the famous Newcastle United club.
What a difference that has made in our Championship season just finished, and the new spirit and fight in the squad has to stand the team in good stead for next season’s huge challenge.
Jose continued and talked about how this last season has improved him as a player:
“I don’t think this season has been a poor one. I think I am a better player now than I was when I played that first game in the Championship, the experience will benefit me in the long term.”
“I feel I’ve played well and I’ve got stronger. It is different to the Premier League, but I think it has given me more confidence in English football. It has been more physical and direct but I have enjoyed it.”
“Of course it will be more difficult for us in the Premier League, and of course we are going to lose more games than we have this season, but I believe we have a good team and we can do well enough.”
Good words as usual from Jose – a player born to play for Newcastle.
And now’s your chance to vote for your favorite Newcastle player in our annual poll for the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Season that Sebastien Bassong won so easily last year at this time.
You can vote here – and it’s one vote per reader.