News from the BBC today, which is not particularly new news it seems.
Jose Enrique – offer him a good deal – please!
It’s that Newcastle plan to open contract talks with Jose Enrique, just as soon as the Tyneside club secure their Premier League safety.
But with Newcastle seemingly getting on a much more solid financial footing, and the Newcastle MD Derek LLambias yesterday saying that club owner Mike Ashley’s goals are to have Newcastle in Europe every season, it now seems as though the club are ambitious.
Jose is ambitious too, and after the selling of Andy Carroll for £35M in January, both fans and players seemed to question what the London owner wanted to do with the club.
Sell the best players periodically for big money, or build a top team.
Newcastle signed Jose from Villarreal for £6.3m in August of 2007, and he has become a huge success on Tyneside, and the best left-back Newcastle have had in some time.
Newcastle are still two wins away from safety in the Premier League, but could capture three of those points on Saturday, although Jose is a big doubt for the game, because of his troublesome hamstring injury.
So Newcastle could presumably reach 42 points and safety by a week on Saturday, when they play Aston Villa away.
We are big fans of the 25 year-old Spaniard, and that’s not just because he seems a regular reader of this blog.
Jose is already a very good player, and seems to be improving with every season on Tyneside, and if Newcastle are truly to challenge for Europe next season, then the club will need players like Jose Enrique and Joey Barton at the club.
Newcastle fans will be hoping the club can tie both these players up on long term contracts, and it would be great news if they can announce both deals, before the transfer window this summer even opens.
Both Jose and Joey need to be offered good long term contracts, and thee sooner the better, and these two top players, who are already in demand by other clubs, must be kept on Tyneside.
The club should make every effort possible to keep these top players, especially after Andy has left.