With the news today that Liverpool will target Jose Enrique this summer, probably with another ridiculous offer, it’s interesting that the Spaniard does not want to commit to anything until the Tyneside club are safe in the Premier League.
Jose Enrique – could be on his way even if he signs new deal
The left back has often said he would like to spend the rest of his career at Newcastle – but his excellent play this season has attracted attention from a lot of top clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool.
And as we found out with local lad Andy Carroll, it’s hard to predict how their heads will be turned, if a big wage offer comes in from another club.
Alan Pardew expects Jose to stay on Tyneside, and said this today:
“José’s situation is simple: he’s made it clear that he won’t talk to us until we’re safe. What are we now, 32 points? Well we’re not safe, are we?”
“So that makes the situation clear and, to be honest, it makes a lot of sense for both him and us. He is an outstanding player and we know that. He is an important player for this team because a lot of our play goes through him.”
“He is involved in a lot of the good stuff that we do and I thought he was superb against Blackburn. In terms of technique and impact, I thought he was the best player on the pitch by some distance.”
As we found out with Andy Carroll, even if Jose signs a new contract and waxes lyrical about Newcastle, that’s still no guarantee, unfortunately, that he will not leave Newcastle in the summer, and, as with Andy, it could all happen very quickly.
Whether the same thing will happen with Jose, and his head will be turned by a huge wage offer we don’t know, and of course we hope not, but it will hardly be a restful summer for Newcastle fans, and Alan Pardew, until September rolls aorund.
And even if we get to the last day of the summer transfer window, we know many clubs make their biggest moves then, because that’s when push comes to shove, and decisions need to be made almost instantly.
Maybe we are being just too negative here, but we now think every player has his price under Ashley, it’s all simple business 101 to Mike.
And when that price is met the club will sell, just like they did with James Milner in August of 2008, to the dismay of then manager Kevin Keegan, who fought to keep the player, but lost that battle.
That’s what we think, and we wish it were not so, but we think it’s the truth.
But let’s hope the deal this time is not done at the 11th hour, and we are then short of an experienced left back at the start of next season.