The final game of the season at home to West Brom on Sunday could be Jose Enrique’s very last game for Newcastle.
Jose Enrique – will need to make decision very soon
Ever since Andy Carroll was sold in January, there have been stories linking Jose with some big clubs, including AC Milan, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United interested, and earlier this week there was a story that French club Lyon were also keen.
Jose has had a couple of long interviews lately, but try to work out from what he says whether he’s going or staying – it’s very difficult with basically Jose saying he’s happy to stay or go.
And only last Sunday the Sunday Sun reported that Jose was thinking of doing a U turn and staying on Tyneside – so things are still up in the air on Jose.
Certainly his team mate down the left wing, Jonas Gutierrez, would like him to stay.
This is what Jonas said today:
“It is very important for me to have those guys around me, more outside the pitch than on the pitch,” “But on the pitch, what I have down the left side with José is something no other Premier League team has.”
“It is a very special relationship. We have an amazing understanding, almost telepathic. Having José playing the way he does is brilliant for me and because we get on so well, we know what each other is thinking.”
“He is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, right up there with Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra and Gaël Clichy,” “He is only young so is going to get even stronger.”
“As long as he keeps thinking he has to learn more and more, there is every chance he will be in the Spanish national team very soon. He has all the qualities to be there, just needs to fine-tune his game.”
“Villarreal’s Joan Capdevila is quite a bit older at 33 so there will need to be someone to fill his boots,” “José Enrique is quick and clever, he has all the qualities to do it.”
“He is one of the best players I have played with. I have been lucky because I have played with left-backs like Fernando Navarro, who also played for Spain, and Gabriel Heinze for Argentina. They are all different types but all very good.”
Jose Enrique had another excellent game for Newcastle on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, and there’s no doubt he has improved this season and shown he is a top class left back, and has a good shot at becoming a full Spanish International soon.
But most readers would agree this story has been going on for far too long, and there was even news that Newcastle will offer Jose a bumper five year contract after the end of the season – and he certainly deserves it.
We would hope that Jose would accept the contract and stay at Newcastle, but if the Spaniard wants to go – it’s simply not worth trying to keep him on Tyneside.
As we’ve seen over the last two seasons having players who want to play for Newcastle is so important for team spirit, and that has allowed the Magpies to get some top results this season against the top sides.
But Newcatsle will need to know Jose’s decision very soon, because they will need to target a top left back if Enrique decides to move on.
It’s really up to Jose now, but we hope he makes his decision very soon, and that he elects to stay at Newcastle.