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.