Spanish U21 International Jose Enrique has said today, that he thinks the danger man tomorrow afternoon will be his fellow Spanish U21 International midfielder Mikel Arteta.
Mikel Arteta – danger man tomorrow?
Jose told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think it is important we stop Arteta – he is good enough to play for Spain.” “What Spain have at the moment is a freakish amount of top-class players who can also play in those positions who are with Real Madrid, Barcelona or Arsenal.”
“That is what is stopping him getting through but he is a massive, massive threat to us.” “Of course we have to focus on all areas, but for me this is a key factor. Arteta knows how the Premier League works and it is just part of a big, big test for us.”
It is really surprising that Arteta doens’t have a single senior cap for his country, but Jose is right – they have an abundance of central midfield talent and of course even Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas cannot get a start in the side.
And of course the England team even looked at whether Mikel could play for England, if he became a UK citizen, but he didn’t qualify because he was not educated in the UK – oh well.
Enrique is keen for Newcastle to return to the form shown before last Saturday, although the only thing that went wrong against Blackpool was that we just didn’t take the chances.
We counted 7 in all that the lads created – a couple in the first half and 5 in the second half – and we missed the lot.
Enrique went on:
“Andy Carroll and Nobby have scored a lot of goals, and I think they can score in the next game.” “We have to continue in the same way as we have been.” “I don’t think we played badly against Blackpool– they had three chances and they scored two goals.” “We had maybe seven chances – we just need a change of luck in front of goal.”
“Everyone – the fans and us – was really sad.” “We thought we could win the game. We had a lot of chances, like we did against Aston Villa.”
“We lost the last game at home, and it is really important for us to get the three points tomorrow.” “Everton are a good team. They will want to win at home, and I think it will be a really difficult game for us.” “Blackpool are the type of team we have to fight this season, we cannot let it happen again.”
The Blackpool game has been analyzed and analyzed all week, and now is the time for the lads to put right what went wrong last time out.
If the lads can create some chances tomorrow, we hope to see the ball in the back of the net, as we’re sure that Chris and the rest of the coaches have been concentrating on the Newcastle players’ finishing this week, at the Benton training grounds.
We’ll see the results of that at Goodison Park tomorrow, and we are hoping for all 3 points – which would be one terrific win.