Newcastle Resigned To Losing Jose Enrique In Summer

We have been trying to read the tea leaves a little bit, as far as Jose Enrique’s future at Newcastle is concerned, and we’ve already said we think the 25 year-old Spaniard is already committed to leaving Newcastle this summer.

Jose Enrique – Newcastle expect him to move on in summer

This thing about not negotiating a new contract until Newcastle are safe in the Premier League, seems only a ploy to delay his new contract negotiations, but we think he’s already out of Newcastle, at least in his own mind and that of his agents.

And there’s even a little bit of validation for that in today’s Newcastle Journal, which says for the first time that the Newcastle club are privately resigned to losing Jose in the summer, and are out looking for a replacement.

Newcastle have never brought in a specialist left-back to cover for Jose, since he arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2007 from Villareal for around £6.2M. He was signed by then manager Sam Allardyce.

So left back is a position that Alan Pardew will need to ensure he’s got adequate cover for, and we’ve already been linked with top Nigerian left-back Taye Taiwo, who is currently at Marseilles and wants to play in the Premier League.

Young Shane Ferguson will be even better next season, and presumably will be kept on Tyneside to offer competition to whoever is brought in to replace Enrique. In fact longer term Shane may be the left back for Newcastle, he looks so accomplished already at only 19 years old.

Jose Enrique may still stay on Tyneside, and certainly it seems that Newcastle will make an attempt to offer him the very best contract they can.

But the Journal is today reporting that it would now be a pleasant surprise if he stays, and the gears may already in motion for him to be fixed up at another club. AC Milan and Liverpool are two clubs who are said to be interested in the player.

If Jose does leave, he will become the second player in six months to leave Tyneside for pastures anew, after previously saying that he only wanted to play for the Newcastle club, the other player of course being local lad Andy Carroll.

Well, it’s a free country, and they are at liberty to move wherever they want to, and we’ll stick with the premise that if they don’t want to stay on Tyneside, for whatever reason, so be it.

We only want players who want to play for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • a.barry

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    imagine liverpool at home next season iff jose leaves…

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    a.barry, not to worried. Even if Carroll isn’t injured, Tiote will have him worked out.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    They’re still dragging this out ?.

  • toonarmy1986

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    It has taken him two seasons plus one in the championship to come a decent premier league player so maybe cash in on him while the iron is hot. He is great going forward though his end product could be improved. As for his defending still a lot to be desired and his pace bails him out far to often. Everton are riddled with debt so test their resolve and get Baines in as a replacement much better player than Enrique is.

  • TimToon9

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    He will leave. No question about it…

  • Edd Case

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I love him but he too can leave for the right money.

    I really like the look of the young lad Ferguson so if Enrique wants to leave, so be it.

    To be honest, this applies to virtually ALL of our team, other than HBA who I just drool about because he’s my sort of player and of course, Tiote, who’s probably the best buy in the last 5 years in the Prem, maybe more, wonderful player.

    Anyone else and I mean ANYONE can go if they think they get better elsewhere.

  • MarkO

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Enrique will get quite a big offer and i would take it, hes good going forward but makes alot of mistakes and costs us a few games this season

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    this could be one of newcastles most important summer transfer windows with enrique.barton guthrie lovenrands and smiths contracts will have i yr to run.campbell and kuqi will surely not have new contracts offered and routledge and forster will not want to come back for different reasons plus there might be other players pardew might not want to keep like perch and ireland may not be offered a it could be an interesting summer.

  • terencelim

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Here we go again, losing one of the best left back in the BPL. For me he’s a good replacement for Ashley Cole at Chelsea. He’s really that good =)

    The funny thing is that many fans will start blaming the players or say things like ‘he’s not good enough, just move’, ‘if he isn’t committed then just leave’ bla bla bla. The fact is that it is the CLUB’S OBLIGATION AND RESPONSIBILITY to keep GOOD PLAYERS, not the other way round!

    Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Torres and Evra were all players that wanted to leave their previous clubs for long but the club has successfully keep them for another season(s) so that they have more time to find another good replacement.

    I never blame Andy Carroll for leaving, not at all. It is such a common sense for a good lad to leave a club that doesn’t show ambitions and with a fat cunt owners who has a brain of keep grabbing the club money into his own pocket.

  • Stuart

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    If Bull leaves like I reckon we should try Everton for Baines like, didnt they have to sell Piennar(?) because they needed the money. Stick a testing bid in for Baines and I reckon they’ll accept.

  • roy cropper

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    one of the best left backs the toon has had in living memory & with a sniff of him wanting to play for a club with a bit more ambition than the fatman is prepared to offer – he suddenly becomes a liability.


  • mick70

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Enrique is great going forward and tidy at the back without being spectacular but with HBA fit for next season maybe we’ll need a more defensive lb as i can’t see him getting back much. Bring back Beresford!

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Surely Cannnot be as Cast Iron as some of you are suggesting.

  • toonwardo

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Dont mind him leaving. To be honest he does cockup alot too! Only thing he brings to our game is going forward… Let him go. HWTL

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    in Addition if he leaves at least try to increase his value by getting him to sign a new contract.

    although that can only be good to ASHLEY and not NUFC.

  • Stuart

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    toonwardo, really?

    He’s awesome going forward, wonderful link-up play with Jonas. Has pace to burn, which has seen him outstrip players like Torres etc this season and hes very solid on defensive set pieces. I’ve actually lost count of the amount of times hes cleared the ball off the line.

    Don’t get me wrong, unfortunately I think he’s going aswell but you can’t say hes only good at going forward.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #17

    Complete rehash of old news. No quotes. No basis for a story except that someone else said something.


    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Dear me, now all of sudden because one of our best players wants o leave, he is crap or not a good player anymore. Come on, let’s all be honest, he wants away from the non-ambition and lies of Ashley and Llambais…and yes perhaps he does want more money, but so do I and I suspect you all on here also.

    Let’s all look past the rubbish being written guys and see the truth here, Ashley is so mis-trusted even the players don’t know what to expect! Our top players will leave for better clubs in search of success and top players from other clubs will not come here.

    By the way this is my opinion, please do not call me a wanker or dick head for having such a view, I’m just giving my honest opinion on the team I care dearly for.

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    I agree with Stuart @ 15.

    I will aslo say that those who say we would be better w/o him are well and truly wrong and is a case of sour groups.

    deep inside all of you would want him to stay and would want carroll back as well.

  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Will be sorry to see him leave but its his choice, he has got his form back and now wants to progress his career and he cant do that with the FAT MAN and his gimp Pardew running the club…

    Good luck Jose

    12 mil in the back burner

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Yep – he might leave so, as Roy Cropper says, he’s suddenly not very good anyway. We have watched him develop over the last couple of years into a player coveted by clubs everywhere and drooled over by the pundits. He is guilty of the occasional rick but defensively he is strong, quick and intelligent – and going forward, brilliant. To Toonarmy 86 who questions his delivery I would say that a lot of his crosses are practically impossible to defend against and can he name anyone in the world who can cross a ball perfectly every time. Jose is better than most, and with the crossing ability of Barton on the right. Not even Joey gets it right every time. He is still young and improving and is the type of player we need to compete at the top level. I hope he stays.

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Darlo Gordie@ 18

    12 million for a guy who has 12 months to run, even ozil to real madrid was cheaper than that.

    I think if we recover our cost it would represent gud business.

  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Indian Magpie

    I suppose your right, we have got our moneys worth out of him i just feel letting him go for less than 12 just seems stupid as he is an important member of our team and if he goes Jose goes

  • Stuart

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Darlo, we wont really be in a good position to negotiate if jose wants to go like, with him not having long left on his contract we either sell him for the 8m tops we’ll be offered or lose him for nothing when his contract runs out.

    Or my prayers could be answered and he’ll stay instead lol.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    if we were to sell him, let accept bids from teams outside premierleague.

    Serie A or La Liga

  • ToonAndy

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #26

    I can’t believe some of the fans saying he makes too many mistakes?? In my opinion he’s one of our most consistently excellent players all season… Only Barton and tiote come close.
    It’s rare that anyone ever gets passed him down the right wing… He is world class!!
    I would say most talented left back in the premier league hands down and these are the players we need to keep to build the team around!

  • archaeomag

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    God this is boring; still days to the next match.

    I just don’t like these discussions; they are usually based on made up stories.

  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s always depressing when your best players want to leave, but Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal have had to cope with this now and again and they just get the best price possible and move on.

    I love Jose and I wish he’d stay. On the other hand, if we could start a bidding war this summer and see him go for £12m plus, it would be good value even for a very good left back.

  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Stay or go what it doesn’t change is the reason why an ambitious LB would want to take off. Its all very well Ed, saying ‘if they want to go and not play for us etc.’
    You can’t keep losing your better players without asking the question, Why?
    Nor does it change the fact that for so long we have not had or developed adequate cover for either full-back position.
    That itself shows lack of ambition and professionalism.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Interesting to me that this squad with its wonderful changing room harmony is linked with so much self initiated outbound movement. Every player but Nolan is named by Newcastle as either leaving this summer, or not returning from loan. Looks like the roster next year will be Nolan, Harper, Smith and HB-A (until he is sold).

  • G

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #31

    If he wants to leave so be it, however, I do think he’s the best left back we have had since John Beresford in terms of his commitment. Last season, and arguably this season he has been our most consistent performer.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #32

    I told you all 6 weeks ago that his people were talking to other clubs – he’s gone as far as next season is concerned, so get over it. I agree with a lot of what ToonArmy1986 says, especially about his defending, remember Duff’s goal at Fulham, and he stood watching Jagielka put in the 2nd Everton goal, and there’ve been others. There are other players, Barton for one, who don’t believe that the investment will as big as some of the fantacists on here would you believe.

  • Davies

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #33

    It’ll be a shame if he goes. I don’t pretend to know his reasons (as many on here do), but if he wants to go, there’s nothing anyone can do to change that. I think when players start giving it “I want to spend the rest of my career at Newcatsle”, contract talks should begin. Still, that didn’t really work out with Carroll…

    There are left backs out there that could do the job and would probably cost less than we’ll get for Enrique (I wonder how much we could get PVA off Chelsea for!).

    Jose’s been good for us, but his more recent performances, prior to his injury, made me think that his mind is elsewhere. On the plus side, if he does go, maybe would start using Jonas out right, where he’s actually far more impressive than he is on the left. HBA will probably be nailing down the left wing next season anyway.

    Good times ahead?

  • Stuart

    Mar 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #34

    ‘I don’t pretend to know his reasons (as many on here do)’

    Well said Davies lol!

    You’re right about Jonas aswell like. If Jose does leave we should switch Jonas over to the right where he’ll actually be able to put a cross in and HBA down the left.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Davies and Stuart – don’t either of you read, or, do you only believe what you want to? Jose told you that Ncle was not a well run club, and lacked ambition. 2 very good reasons for wanting to leave, if you ask me.

  • chuck

    Mar 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #36

    No question Jose is a decent player, got pace to spare and can play at both ends of the pitch.
    Obviously he wants out, so be it !
    Guys got ambition and has decided this club is not the place to fullfill that ambition.
    He`s been a good servant and i for one wish him well.
    But it`s not the end of the world, there are decent LB`s out there who are capeable of replacing him.
    should be an interesting summer window.

  • UTD111

    Mar 15, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #37

    This isn’t about Enrique…or even Tiote (who’ll be the next one out the door). This is about the fatboy’s lack of ambition for a club which deserves so much better. Until we get rid of Ashley and he is bought out by someone with genuine ambition and a love for the club, he’ll continue to sell our best players to line his pockets.

  • max

    Mar 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #38

    if he goes, i would choose armand traore from juventus. he is former arsenal player and he is good. he has speed and good crossing. plus, he still young.. that what we need..

  • Toonbyblood

    Mar 15, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Reading the tea leaves and stirring the
    s*%t a little bit.

    Love the site Ed, but sorry, you do this a lot. You jump on any little scrap about players leaving. Everyone gets worked up. and the suddenly we’re all resigned to loosing players when nothing is even close to being resolved.

    And then next thing is someone like Carrol leaves. I think we talked about him leaving so much he got the hint.


  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 15, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Ed could you please just drop this subject until you have new quotes from the player, his agent or the club. Nothing has happened since so stop bringing it up. Nothing will probably happen until the summer so why make us sweat of his possible departure if nothing is certain till this summer? I know it’s a long wait but that is what we have to do wait and see. There is no point going on with the same story over and over again. He only was or was not misquoted ages ago yet you still keep adding fuel to the fire, let it be and wait and see pleeeeaseee!! It’s getting really monotonous.


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