Jose Enrique To Have Medical Tests Today

Jose Enrique will have medical tests today to ascertain the extent of the damage to his suspected hamstring problem, but we’d be surprised if he’s available for the Stoke City game.

Alan Pardew – worries about Jose Enrique

Alan Pardew talked about Jose today:

“We’ll wait and see with Jose.”  “He’s a key player for us, and that injury affected us more than any other one.”

“I just didn’t think we had enough of our quality players available, and even Nile was missing.”

To be honest we are not expecting it to be good news on Jose Enrique today,  and it will be interesting to see who Alan plays at left back if Jose is not available for the game at Stoke.

He could play Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson as the full backs, or draft in young Shane Ferguson, who looked good in the second half on Saturday, when he got on.

If Jonas Gutierrez is also missing we’d love to see young Ferguson get a run-out on the left wing, because he’s shown us before, that he’s an excellent young player, and can cross a ball well.

Alan Pardew thought the free kick that Everton scored their winning goal from last Saturday was a bit soft, but the Newcastle defending for that goal was even softer – it was a little diabolical to be honest.

This is what Alan said today:

“I thought it was a soft free-kick for the second goal. I thought Arteta played for it.”

“There were a couple of challenges that were missed, and the right back, Tony Hibbert when he fouled Cheick Tiote, was lucky to stay on the pitch.”

“There were a few key incidents, and there wasn’t much in the equalizing goal.”

The Newcastle defending for both Everton goals was not good, but after watching Manchester United fall three goals behind Liverpool yesterday, their defending was a lot worse.

And that’s three defeats in the last five Premier League games for the Red Devils, who previously had been unbeaten in the league this season.

So we have to keep things in perceptive,  it wasn’t a good day for Newcastle last Saturday, but hopefully we’ll have a strong side out against Stoke City.

We’ll   have to get at least a point from that game, against a side who are again below us in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Just gets worse and worse, time for Ferguson to prove himself

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Was/is Ranger really injured, or was he being punished again? I do wish the lad would get a grip on himself it would be such a waste of talent.

  • toonarmy1986

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Shane Ferguson to me looks like he will go on to be a much better player than Enrique as his delivery is far better and Enrique still makes some basic school boy errors for when it comes to defending.

    The major positives from the Everton game are if we do cash in on Enrique I would go for Baines as an immediate replacement because he has a sweet left foot and have Ferguson as back up. Also would be tempted to go for Phil Jagielka to play a long side Colo and also Arteta he is the sort of player we are crying out for especially if Barton spits the dummy and leaves. Everton have huge financial problems and should test their resolve even go in for Cahill as a long term replacement for Nolan who can be used as back up next season.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #4

    late response to
    G // Mar 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM – no offence supermacnumber9, but I fail to see the relevance?
    hero Dennis Law left manu for mancity and in his first game against them famously scored the goal (a magnificent back heel) which relegated tommy doc’s team.
    so the point is – if we get beat at home to wolves we could face a relegation scrap in which we visit liverpool where a goal from exhero…………. I’m affraid it doesn’t bear thinking about, but this is NUFC and we attract drama like this like flies to dung.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    or should that read “but this is NUFC and we attract self-inflicted disasters like this like flies to dung”.

  • nufc_mad

    Mar 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    toonarmy 1986 – or should we just buy the everton squad lad? haha

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Totally agree toonarmy1986 baines I think is the third best left back in PL with ashley cole and evra being better. In the first half, due to high confidence, jose enrique the arrogant bastard tried playing past evertons right wing and got himself in a right pickle near the corner of the pitch.. His clearance was horrible and couldve easily conceeded a goal due to his arrogance. Think he has low morale at the club and this affects him as a player at newcastle. Can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually want him out

  • davis_toons

    Mar 7, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    I find Javis (wolf) a very nice player to have on the left. (be it squad player or any) He can cross with both feet

  • lewman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    jarvis wouldnt be cheap, prob cost atleast 7 – 8 million but i suppose he would probably be worth it, but would he only play in times of crisis like this and if not then jonas would surely leave, then we might lose colo too if we arent careful.
    i hope we get another 1 or 2 spanish speakers in and the same with the french speakers and british players as we need new players to be able to communicate well on the pitch and for players to fit in.

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Nils Petersen
    We Need to get this guy! Germanany U21, 2.budesliga top scorer this season
    contract ends next summer so not tied down, Blackburn are after him for 2m, Need to steal it
    Scored 19 in 24 appearences so far this season and is basically the german carroll but about 30m cheaper

  • solano

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Snubs (post 7)………’s Jose Enrique “the arrogant bastard” now! Judas 2 next? Good God….you fickle fans really annoy me and make it easy for the top brass in their aim to cash in on our best players…….JE is one of the best left-backs we have had in my lifetime and like all good players, makes mistakes sometimes………lay off him and get on the case of those who are willing to let him go because they don’t want to invest in progress………..
    Baines is also a good player but you are completely deluded if you think Newcastle under the present regime would consider signing someone for the big fee that Everton would demand for his services….much better to keep someone who has served us well by showing ambition and strengthening in other areas and giving him a commensurate wage.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #12

    lewman, Jarvis on the left, Jonas on the right where he prefers, sorted. Move over Pardew. 🙂

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Because he is one of our best left backs how does that affect our opinions on them which some people like you, solano, do not understand. I acknowledge the fact he is a great left back hence why I said ‘ Can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually want him out’ jose enrique cost us 6.2M -unproven and it took him years to develop. Baines is a proven left back and would be certianly worth atleast 8

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    And you’d be deluded to think jose will stay when word is AC Milan agreed an offer of 12M.

  • solano

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Ok so you want him out……you probably will get your wish and then we’ll be looking for another bargain basement replacement (which is the present club Strategy)…we can’t be perpetually constructing whole new teams every summer…In my opinion, we should be building on the 4/5 good players which we have relied upon heavily these last 2 seasons…JE is most definitely one of that group……..he is way above the mediocrity that has been served up in the past………..he won’t be replaced by Baines so let’s keep him rather than calling him an arrogant bastard just because he got caught out in a game……….

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #16

    I did not call jose enrique arrogant for just that situation. I think(opinion) his confidence that he gains from people gets the better of him and that influences his game. However he is the best LB for newcastle for a while. Don’t think for a second he will stay if the likes of liverfool and milan are out for him, he deserves UCL football to be honest.

  • solano

    Mar 7, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    £12m??…bet that would get you turned on Snubs ….watching Youtube and playing Pro Evo and thinking who you could sign with that kind of money…..then again, you could go to bed and dream about how sexy Mike’s balance sheet will look with another player out the door…….

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #18

    LOL definitely a Mike Ashley hater for no reason at all. Oh dear. Pessimistic fans make me laugh.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #19

    I would hate to see Jose go. But I do see Snubs point. If and when we reach the 40 – 42 points for PL safety. What happens if Enrique goes back on his word? I’m not sure I’d want him wearing the shirt for the remaining 5 – 6 (hope it happens earlier) games as I don’t think he’d be giving 100% and I think he would have some sort of abuse directed at him from a minority, but enough to effect his game. If he wan’s to go let him go. But let’s not do any English clubs a favour.

  • solano

    Mar 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Snubs….I’m a “MA hater for no reason at all”……it’s his fourth anniversary soon….have a think over his tenure……’s no laughing matter…..

  • stuckdownsouth

    Mar 7, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #21

    He wants out! I don’t blame him but I don’t blame MA either.

    It’s life, move on, grow up spend wisely WE ARE A TRADING CLUB, I for one am happy about this.


    Mar 7, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Best way to describe the majority of Newcastle fans that come on this blog are loyal but deluded! Makes me laugh everyday at the deluded opinions on life @ NUFC by most! Not mentioning any names but from this post already Toonarmy1986 and Snubs have posted classics!

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #23

    I have definitely seen a downturn in Jose’s defensive capability recently. He was sturdy, almost invincible in defense! Whether this lapse is due to Pardew asking him to be more gung-ho or, the rumours surrounding his name and him wishing to depart, who knows? I believe it’s a bit of both.

    Sell him for £12m, buy Gibbs, Baines or V.Aanholt for a leeser sum.

  • solano

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Downsouth…’d rather be a trading club than a ambitious club building for success??

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #25

    solano, Downsouth said “trading club” not selling club. There is a massive difference.

  • solano

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #26

    GG..a little pedantic when you know we are willing to sell our best players and take gamble on cheaper unknowns…….
    Everyone knows we are a selling club…….if it continues, there will be only the permanently injured and the Championship players left……..that will mean the 2nd season blues and the real prospect of a relegation fight…..we MUST make sure we don’t just accept this as fans………..I’ve said before, we have a very small but promising nucleus of players….they should be added to, not sold/traded……..we are paper thin as it is and need quite a few new faces already……..

  • chuck

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Twelve million for Jose, sure take it in a heartbeat !
    Guys a pacey good attacking wingback and i can see where he would attract interest.
    However he` not as good as he thinks he is and when he`s not showcasing for a transfer , seems to be going through the motions.
    Sturridge gave him the run around a coupla games ago and he`s not going to be any regular on the national team.
    So if someone is willing (which i doubt) to pay twelve mill. for him , grab it !
    Otherwise take what`s on offer Jose, better a big fish in a small pond, so to speak !

  • chuck

    Mar 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Errmmm ! how do we make sure we dont accept whatever Ashley wants to do ?

  • Snubs

    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Solano you have to be realistic at times. To think any of our top players aren’t in jeopardy from being sold is like hoping for MA to spend 50 M instead of the 35M – highly unlikely. Some of you need to learn the nature of a debate and stop criticizing ones comments so harshly. It is all our opinion not a fact and until we are proven wrong, keep it down to banter.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #30

    I have to say, over recent games (perhaps in Jose’s slight dip in form) I have gained a lot of respect for Jonas. He really does work hard for the team and covers a lot for Enrique and i’d say he runs almost double the amount Nolan does (Not neccesarily a good thing) but his injury on saturday was simply through sheer hard work and he was absolutely knackered by the end

    Hopefully he’s ok for the next game, if not i expect RTaylor to play Lm and Barton Rm

  • tcbelfast

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #31

    the injury list just seems to grow and grow.who ever invented the word ‘injury’,its a crap word…
    hey,just glad to be back on the blog again as i was having problems logging on there for a while!!

  • solano

    Mar 7, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Chuck…post 28 ….granted it is a tough one….he can and has, done exactly what he has wanted almost from day one … I know you are a so-called “negger” and a cynic like me…..I think the fans could have done a lot more than refuse to buy a pie and a pint for one game……..firstly, what’s done is done, the clock can’t be turned back, but the “acceptance” of the fans just to continue to take the contempt and arbitrary decisions of MA and his cronies is bewildering…….when will the line be drawn in the sand and people say enough is enough? A lot here say the summer is the moment of truth…..I say, that is very generous given his track record …The club is very little without the fans and it’s passion…..many have drifted away already (hence cheaper tickets and more away fans next year) but still some are willing to sign up for 10 year deals, regardless of the commitment to invest properly on the playing side…..Ashley is in it for one thing (as you know) and despite what some fans chose to believe (in blind hope) the longterm interests of the club are not being served by a continual drain of our best players…….to cut the purse strings and stop feeding this monster a regular income would be a start…..painful though this maybe for us supporters in the short term, it’s the only thing he understands……plain old greenbacks…..the way it is at the moment the club will just bleed slowly trying to build new teams every summer on peanuts….we could be the Boing Boing Maggies with the “business plan” that these guys are working to…..

  • Brutooon

    Mar 7, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Jose Enrique is definitely the best left back in the premierleague, i watch evra is now not as good as 2-3 seasons ago. Even Ashley Cole is just an average player last night….

    But i saw from his face, Enrique look unhappy and we all know he will move in the summer

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #34

    FERGUSON is a fine footballer but for the Stoke game NO!!!!!
    Way too light weight against their tactics.
    Long throw ins will be directed at him all he time with Jones and Carew pushing him around.
    I would say it`ll have to be Tayls on the right and Danny on the Left.
    Is KADAR injured????

  • Davies

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Kadar’s injured (and still on loan at Huddersfield?) and RTaylor’s still suspended (somebody said he’s be playing LW against Stoke?).

    Honestly, Ferguson is going to have to play against beefy teams like Stoke and I do think he’s get used to it. He’s a quick and sneaky as hell and has an ability to ghost past his man. I don’t think we’d be as exposed with him at LB as people think.

    Also, for those saying Jose is an arrogant bastard etc… can we wait until he goes back on his word before we start slagging him. You never know, he might just stick around.


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