Most Newcastle fans are looking just to survive next season back in the Premier League, but at least one player thinks the team can finish in a respectable position back in the big time.
Jose Enrique – expects Newcastle to do quite well next season
Jose told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Anything is possible in the Premier League, but staying in it is the most important.” “But I always look up. I did in the Championship because I wanted to get promoted, and I will continue to do it next season.”
“It is not like Spain where you have four or five good teams – here you have 10 or 11 good teams with good squads.” “We need to be able to compete with them.”
“I’m sure if we show the same type of endeavour as we did last season we can gain a respectable finish in the Premier League.”
Enrique was expected to be sold about a year ago along with other player like Argentine pair Jonas and Coloccini, and experienced PL players like Alan Smith, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.
But all the lads wanted to stay on Tyneside and fight to get the club back to where it belongs, and they were so successful at doing just that last season in the CC Championship, when the side walked away with the Championship title with a massive 102 points.
And Jose was one of Newcastle best players last season, and won out Newcastle United Blog – Player of the Season award, easily beating out Liverpudlian Kevin Nolan.
Enrique looked back on last season :
“I think it was scary at times last season for some teams that came to play us – it can be like that again this season.”
“You get grounds like Old Trafford and they are full all of the time, and we are similar. But to get it in the Championship shows what great supporters we have here.”
“I’ve said it before but we have the best fans in Europe.”
Other players did leave last season, and mostly it was those who wanted to leave so Habib Beye (Aston Villa), Michael Owen (Manchester United), Sebastien Bassong (Spurs), Damien Duff (Fulham) and Oba Martins (Wolfsberg) jumped ship and seemed glad to get away.
And did anybody read that new nonsense from Michael Owen earlier this week – “I didn’t go to the World Cup because obviously I was injured” – technically correct but of course untrue – Michael hasn’t played for England for two years – since his skills deteriorated so rapidly at Newcastle.
He’s got to be kidding surely, as Michael’s always injured these days, and the 30 year-old will find it very difficult to make the Manchester United starting eleven next season – the last year of his two year contract with the Red Devils – and now he says he wants to return to the England team – unbelievable.
Back to Newcastle and with our fantastic success last season, the boys in black and white that stayed at the club, will be looking forward to meeting those who left the sinking ship last summer.
“I hope we play against the players who left and we win! They know it’s a great city and we have great fans.”
“But we’ll be looking to beat them now we’re back in the Premier League.”
A decent middle of the table position next May will be a significant success for the Newcastle United club, that looked to be on its last legs a year ago at this time.