Jose Enrique One Of Newcastle’s Most Improved Players


Jose Enrique is now one of the best players at the Newcastle club, and he is keen to force his way into the Spanish side.

Jose Enrique – cheer up – that 2nd Newcastle goal cannot be far away 😀

The Spanish left-back  now wearing the shirt is 32 year-old Joan Capdevila, and if Jose can just keep on improving, then there’s no reason why he cannot succeed Joan in the Spanish side.

Jose told the Evening Chronicle today:

“To play for Spain now is a privilege – it’s the best team in the world.” “They won the last World Cup, of course, but I haven’t given up hope.”

“But the most important thing for me is to stay with this team in the Premier League.” “I really happy, because this team has earned the chance to play in the Premier League.”

Jose thinks he is already playing in the top football league in the world, and certainly the English Premier League is generally believed to be just that, at the moment.

Jose continued:

“For me, it’s the best league in the world, and to play here is really, really important for me, and I’m really happy to be back in the Premier League.”

“I know this team can play well in the Premier League. We have started well, and we hope we can continue like this in the next 35 games.”

“The targets are the same as they were when we came back – to stay in the division.” “I know if I play in the Premier League, I have more chance to go with the national team.”

” It’s really important for me.”

Jose has come on in leaps and bounds at Newcastle in the last three years, since big Sam Allardyce signed him from Villareal for £6.2M in the summer of 2007.

And every season he has become a better and more complete left-back, and he was of course the Player of the Season for Newcastle in their promotion season.

Over the last three years he has to be one of the most improved players at the Tyneside club, and he is now a firm favorite with the Newcastle fans, as he has shown many times the guts and fighting spirit the Newcastle faithful  love to see.

Newcastle are 8 days away from their next important PL fixture, when they entertain Blackpool at home, and Enrique is already ready for that game:

“Like us, they came into the Premier League this year, and they are fighting for the same thing – to stay in the division.”

“If we want to stay in the division, we have to beat teams like Blackpool.”

It will be a disappointment if indeed we cannot get 3 points against Blackpool, but in their games so far they look difficult to beat, and certainly shocked Wigan Athletic in that first game of the season.

But Chris Hughton and Newcastle do not under-sestimate their opponents and we think the lads will be all fired up and ready to go,  in that game.

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27 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Sep 3, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t help but like this guy, his understanding with Jonas on the left has been one of the best aspects of Newcastle’s play. One of the better left backs around.

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  • Young_Mag

    Sep 3, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Totally agree MacToon

    Possibly the Toons best player & I would honestly play him over Capdevella

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  • Toon XI

    Sep 3, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #3

    I thought Enrique was a train wreck the season we were relegated. It is great to see him turn it around and be playing so well for the Toon now. I pray he stays healthy this season.

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  • balubas1

    Sep 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Iv’e said it before but does anyone else think that Enrique may be compared to Evra?

    Evra looked very uncomplete as a player when he started at man u. He needed alot of time to adapt and to get the “balls” to play attacking and get his passing straight. What they both had in common from the beginning was very good pace.

    I think Enrique got his confidence straight, and got some more guts. Us fans weren’t to helpful with that in his early days at st.james..

    If he stays another 3-4 years, he will be a legend with the other greats. no doubt

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    @MacToon

    Couldn’t have put it better myself they are brilliant together, just hope they go from strength to strength. When your at the game there just seems to be a belief about the place again which is brilliant. Bring on Blackpool ! HTL

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  • TORONTOON

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    when he scored THAT goal with his right foot….i’m getting goose bumps rightnow thinking about it

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  • atom

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7

    balubas1: Totally agree
    He turned a corner in the relegation season. I remember him having a blinder of a game in the home win against Spurs and it seemed like that game turned a corner for him.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle’s most improved player by a mile, then Coloccini second, i think this guy will become a legend with us, i dont know 1 fan that doesn’t like him (my favourite player ;D )

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  • sweendog

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9

    looking very composed .. good player .. he came on leaps and bounds last year .. hope he keeps it up.

    Turkish Magpie .. agreed about Collo and Enrique..

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  • furrygiblets

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Enrique, my favourite player!

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  • G

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Enrique was by and large a peripheral figure in the relegation season, often overlooked in favour of N’Zogbia. Last season the boy became a man, and his form and ability seems to have carried over into the Prem. Lets hope he doesn’t get too near the Spain squad yet like, otherwise clubs in Europe may just start paying a bit more attention to him. Pleased he is our player, and delighted with his form for us.

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  • petey

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Jose Enrique, what can i say about him that others already havent?

    Well, i cant, he is simply a great player with even better potential

    Not only does he have the attitude newcastle fans love, but he has the flair, the willing to attack and push forward, the want to keep the game flowing and the ability to defend and track back at the pace of road runner! (something evra cant do , defend)

    He’s simply the best!

    And not only do Spain have a future RAMOS in him (screw capdevilla) but we have a future money in the bank player. i rate him at worth over 10m already

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s a good player, I love it when he goes forward which gives us that extra bit of fire power and creativity, (a poor mans Ahley Cole) everytime he goes forward he seems like scoring i love it.

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  • SGToona

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    he is good and he is ours! wahey! … hope there’s an able deputy in our ranks just in case …

    stay fit enrique!

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  • petey

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    I still think our right side is a little weak, Perch isnt really up to it (i stress this is only AT THE MOMENT, he could turn out great) and simpson isnt exactly great cover….

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  • CT

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    He has improved 100% since he arrived,no doubt but decision making like Collo still suspect at times(2nd goal against manure). Needs to learn that row z is sometimes the best option.

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #17

    I absolutely love Enrique, he is physically gifted, probably one of the strongest/fastest LB’s in the prem. BUT I think the fact that when he talks about the club, you know he is being honest…

    Same with Kevin Nolan, they stayed when others didn’t, he could have gone back to Spain with his tail between his legs but he didn’t, he fought for the club and is now reaping the rewards!

    Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose…

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  • saroof

    Sep 3, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18

    yap…..definetly the strongest and the fastest lb in the premiership…….the battle i am waiting to see is with lennon and walcott…..how he handles them……i rate him the best player in our team….all hail jose……..

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  • alkinou

    Sep 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #19

    I love seeing Jonas Jose linking so well, and he has been great for us in the relegation season, you gotta love him!

    Off topic, Vuckic scored for Slovenia U21 😀

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 3, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #20

    You are right there saroof I am interested in how much change The likes of Lennon and Walcott are going to get out of him and I feel it is not going to be very much.

    I just feel that Jose has far better stamina that those two, and the other so called speedy forwards, even after 90 mins of belting up and down the line Jose is still up for a sprint, him and Jonas has incredible stamina.

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  • baro

    Sep 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #21

    alkinou

    On this livescores.com it said A.Vuckic scored. He is his brother, don’t know if true or not

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  • baro

    Sep 3, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Jose Enrique is like a tank. He is a monster, gets through anybody and nobody gets through him. He is a key player for us always. We can never loose him. I will be very surprised if he doesn’t get called up for Spain this year.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 3, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Enrique is a tank, but he knows it and sometimes tries to much.

    Against wolves he would have ebanks blake and doyle on him and he would try and shrug them both off and concede a silly corner or give it away. He needs to learn to use his strength and pace at the right times….when theres space and not half the team on him.

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  • AlanJohnson

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Not lying. just saw Enrique at kingston park tesco, top bloke! Buying himself some weights..and a tesco’s own mop! His missus isn’t half bad either! Total privilege to say hi to him..easily in the top 3 most important players we have right now.

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  • moonraker

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Jose? love him! Future Newcastle captain!! 🙂

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Enrique is one of my favourite player. Never going to worry if the opponents attack through his side.

    Will see him for the next 10 years.

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  • leedodd

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #27

    We have a great left hand Side with Jose and Jonas also a Great Right hand side With Perch and Routledge . well done chris and the Coaching staff for getting a quality squad together !!!! Injurys Will Be The Key all season From Now on In.
    I recon Were Going to Suprise a lot of teams This Season !!!!!!!!! Top 6 Finish ????

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