We don’t know if it’s true that Jose Enrique is joining Liverpool in the summer, but it’s looking like it.
Jose Enrique – two views of him leaving – positive and negative
That’s after Phil Thompson, who is a good friend of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, said over the weekend that it was his understanding it was already a done deal at £15M.
First of all, £15M seems a very high fee to pay, but maybe the new American owners of Liverpool are willing to pay top dollar (or should that be top pound) for the players they want.
If Enrique does leave there will be two schools of thought on Tyneside – one positive and one negative.
Here they are – starting with the positive one – of course!
- £15M is a great deal for Enrique, given he’s got only one year left on his contract – take the money
- Newcastle can get a suitable replacement in for a lot less money, and there’s always young Shane Ferguson coming through
- Jose is very good but he’s not the leader that Kevin Nolan or Joey Barton are at Newcastle, so he will not be missed too much
- If Jose wants to leave so be it – we don’t want players at Newcastle who don’t want to be at the club
- Mike Ashley is running the club well financially, and getting some bargain buys in -and just watch what happens this summer
- £50M for Carroll and Enrique is not too bad at all and excellent business
OK – and here’s the negative take on selling Jose:
- We’ll never build a good side if we keep selling our very best players
- Newcastle have now become a selling side, just like they used to be when we sold Geordie Paul Gascoigne to Spurs in 1988 when he was just 21 – very much like Geordie Andy Carroll’s sale in January when he had just turned 22
- We’ve become a selling club and have now lost two of our very best players – where’s the ambition in that?
- Newcastle will never build a good side with Mike Ashley owning the club, because he will keep selling the very best players – money is just too important to him and every player has his price
- The top clubs never sell their best players – they’re not that daft – they’re too ambitious – unlike Newcastle
Our view is that £15M is an awful lot of money for a player who could leave for nothing in about 15 months time – and we don’t even believe the fee will be that high – but we suppose that’s what Phil Thompson said it was over t- he weekend – and if that’s really true, take the money.
But we are very worried about losing Joey Barton this summer, and any more of the current good players on Tyneside, like Cheick Tiote.
But by September, Newcastle fans should know what the lay of the land looks like at the Newcastle club.
We have to hope it looks good, and much better than it does right now.
What do you think about Jose possibly leaving Newcastle?
Comments always welcome.