Joe Enrique Should Not Be Risked Against Wolves

It seems that most of our players should be fit for the Wolves game on Saturday, but of course Cheick Tiote and Ryan Taylor are both suspended for the game.

Jose Enrique – if he’s touch and go – don’t start him against Wolves

But it looks like Jose Enrique’s fight for fitness will not be decided until the day of the game, and that being the case,  we simply think he should not be played.

The last thing we want to see is what happened at Stoke, where Jose played for 22 minutes, then the hamstring tightened up again,  and he had to be replaced by young Shane Ferguson.

And if Jose keeps playing while he’s almost fit,  he’ll never get fully fit any time soon.

If Jose hadn’t played against Stoke, he would be fully fit by now, and if he plays against Wolves and comes off,  he’ll probably be a doubt for the important game at Villa Park a week on Saturday.

It’s a thing Newcastle used to do, especially when Graeme Souness was manager at the club, and often the Scot wanted players to play when they were not quite fit, and didn’t look too fondly on any player who refused to play.

The result was that Newcastle had stacks of injuries during Graeme’s time at the club, and the loss of players through injury arguably cost him his job.

This is what Alan Pardew said today regarding Newcastle’s injury situation:

“I’m half hopeful that Jose makes it,” . “Jonas is fit, and Joey Barton has another week of training under his belt.”

“It’s just whether Jose makes it through. Leon Best’s only a slight worry for me.”

So it looks at least that Jonas Gutierrez and Leon Best will be fit, and since they both didn’t start the game at Stoke City, they should strengthen the Newcastle team.

Rather than risk Jose again we’d much rather see young Shane Ferguson start the game, or even that Steven Taylor is brought in at left back, but please if it’s touch and go with Jose, give him a chance to fully recover and give him a rest.

Only then will he be available for the remaining games this season, which is what’s really important for one of Newcastle’s best players.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    no risks please – pick the best fit players and send them out with a role in a game plan. any changes must be for tactical reasons only – we can’t afford to be chopping & changing the team during the match because of injury


    Mar 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Joe Enrique? 😀

    I doubt pardew will make the same mistake again, even if Enrique begs to be started. If he isnt 100% i doubt he will play. But I dont see Fergy stepping up yet (am sure he is more a midfielder rather than a LB anyway) MAYBE Taylor can fill in but not like he did against Everton he would of had to improve massively from then because he was horrible

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    SF reminds me alot of my opnion of Bale when he first came on the scene. Always thought he was a winger in the big leauges but can do a job at LB in the lower leauges(e.g. Southampton)
    Very similar to our SF. If we were to loan him out down the leauges he would be a very capable LB but in the prem no chance!

  • Davies

    Mar 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Why put Taylor at left back? I’d certainly rather have young Fergie there than Taylor. He may be more of a winger, but at least he’d be on the proper side of the pitch.

  • Klatoon

    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Looking back at the different players we’ve had at LB this season in Enriques absence;
    Perch didnt do too badly against Spurs away (and yeah,th one time Lennon got past,he scored).
    Simpson wasnt convincing in the 2nd half at LB Vs Everton,and hes our best RB atm,no point shifting him.
    SF was good last time round but lacks the positional disciplinerequired at LB (he is a LW anyway)
    Steven Taylor hasnt played there this season but after seeing him struggle at RB,i doubt he’d b any better at LB.
    IMO it should be between Perch and Ferguson

  • Sir Erec

    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Klatoon- Although you raise a valid point, I don’t think Perch will be in contention after his suspension following his red card against Manchester United’s reserves. It will probably be between Ferguson and a not 100% Enrique. I also remember Pardew mentioning perhaps trying Jonas as emergency left back, though I cannot see who would take his place in midfield, so in the end it will again probably be between Ferguson and Enrique


    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Perch got red carded so I think he cant appear for us against wolves.

    I would put taylor there cos of the lack of options. Ferguson I dont see being able to perform there for 90 minutes he lacks defensive ability imo (like glen johnson, great at going forward but pony at defense) and taylor has more experience and power. Against wolves Ferguson will be pushed off the ball and battered for the whole game….its there style of play and I dont think he can stand up to that


    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    God no not gutti at LB that would make me upset. He is a great player but not a great LB

  • Klatoon

    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Perch’s ban was reduced to 1 game and it starts at Villa so he’ll be available against Wolves

  • chuck

    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #10

    We are in free fall fighting to avoid the drop in as precarious a position as we were at this stage two seasons ago and you want to see a kid that has no clue of how to defend (Ferguson)replace Enrique ?
    Play Taylor there at least he knows how to defend, or put Jonas there he played as a back for Arentina and use Ferguson on the wing.
    What we need is to be solid defensively, that and get Best pencilled in, we need someone who can put the ball in the net, as Shola and the Dane were pathetic last time out.
    Look these are critical games and games where we could get points from, cause we are not going to beat the big sides, we all remember only too well what happened two seasons ago and I for one dont want a repeat performance, but it dont look good !

  • Sir Erec

    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Chuck- well said with your view about Ferguson not being able to play defence.

    While the situation is not at all similar, I do recall a situation in 2007 under Roeder where our backline was Solano, Taylor, Huntington, and Edgar, and we still managed to draw 2-2 against Man Utd, a game we were unlucky to lose. My point being is that, back then we were in a crisis as well, but we managed to pull through. While I agree that defensively Ferguson has a lot to learn, but don’t rule him out too harshly just yet.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    the reason ferguson isnt very good at defending is because he is not a bloody left back he is a winger n always has been and bloody very good winger from what weve seen so far


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