Alan Pardew came out yesterday and said the obvious, but he’s right that the Tyneside club is now vulnerable with their Spanish left-back Jose Enrique.
Jose Enrique – Newcastle will try to sell him?
Newcastle have offered Jose a new contract, but the Spaniard has shown no interest at all in signing it.
And now if some big club doesn’t come for him in the summer, he is completely within his rights to see out his contract through next summer, and then become a free agent and leave Newcastle for nothing.
That will cost Newcastle around £8M in a transfer fee they could get for the 25 year-old if he leaves this summer, with Liverpool said to be interested in him again – now where have we heard that before?
This is what Alan told BBC Sports yesterday:
“The problem we have got is that Jose won’t commit to us, although we’ve offered him a fantastic contract,”
“With only a year left, we are vulnerable and we have to have some cover should the worst case scenario happen.”
“Hopefully it won’t happen and I’m still hopeful that Enrique, who was a big player for us last year, will stay and we’re still working hard on that.”
We suppose the best thing that can happen is that Jose signs his new deal this summer, and stays on Tyneside.
But his actions hardly reflect that scenario, and if he doesn’t sign a new deal, the next best thing, at least from Newcastle’s viewpoint, is for him to be sold, so at least the club gets some money for the player.
They can then bring in a replacement, such as Stephen Warner of Aston Villa or Cheikh M’Bengue of Toulouse.
But if a big club doesn’t come in for him, Jose could well stay at Newcastle and see out his contract, which is probably the very last thing Newcastle would want to happen.
Jose played 36 times for Newcastle last season and since he was signed by Sam Allardyce back in the summer of 2007, from Villareal for £6.2M, he has made 129 total appearances for the Magpies, with one stupendous goal.