Newcastle’s Vulnerability With Jose Enrique


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.

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27 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry to say but he’s off, lets get as much as possible for him and send him on his way with our thanks and best wishes (as long as he doesn’t sign for Liverpool that is)

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  • dazza

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Sign and trade just like in NBA. That way we get the max for him and he gets his transfer.

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  • gonz

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #3

    He needs to sign up or we are going to force him out. I was optimistic before, but that’s cos I was buzzing off of the Ba deal, but now I reckon we are pushing him to join for Liverpool so we can get some money for him.

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  • Tinman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Only hope is we bring in some quality in the next month we can bring in 2 more quality signings. Then he may sign. He wants to play in Europe and would love to do it with us, so maybe one last do or die season? Qualify he stays, dont he goes..
    Thoughts?

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  • Tinman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #5

    *Hopefully within this month we can bring in 2 more quality signings.
    SLOPPY haha

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Good luck Jose,great player and will be missed but just go so we can get the cash to spend on bringin inn someone else.
    If we keep gettin these good but cheap signings then we should be strong enough to compete but we need quite a few players now and gettin them over the line as they say is quite difficult

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  • gonz

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #7

    One thing for sure is I don’t want Stephen Warnock at LB. Jose has been paid well plying his trade in the UK and has been treated respectively by the club and the least he can do is come out with a decision for the good of the club. If it’s a money thing and our fantastic offer isn’t good enough than check ya later mate, See ya! But, obviously I wish him to stay and see that Newcastle are being ambitious. Sign up Jose for christs sake!

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #8

    just dont go to liverpool jose lol

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #9

    who ever we replace him with,isnt going to be as good.hes one of the best left backs around.

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  • Tinman

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Bullshit, there are lots of LBs better than Enrique

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #11

    i agree with you belfast, he is sthe best we have had in years. We used to really lack for creativity in midfield and a at left back. Enrique is now right up there and barton is knocking the ball about confidently but it seems they are both leaving. Can we get a replacement for jose of equal calibre for the money he leaves for? time will tell but if its 4-6 million then i seriously doubt it so an emerging player might be the option again. Also agree with you Dazza, try and get him to sign a bumper deal and then ship the lad out so we can get fair price to reflect on the calibre of player he is

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #12

    @tinman

    name me a better left back than enrique?? apart from cole & evra???

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #13

    belfast i think baines has to be up there with those you mentioned.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #14

    aye m8 your right forgot about baines.
    enriques one of top left backs around like.

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #15

    If jose leaves for a top top club he will remain a player im fond off, if he goes to the scouse then i will struggle to remain fond of him. Really hope Barca come in for him, if they do then players may see newcastle as a place they can come to improve themselves

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  • NorseMag

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #16

    So, how many think he is also beeing forced out of the club? Like Nolan et. al. Maybe this “magnificent” contract offer is really just rubbish, and just an excuse to asset strip the club and send it back to the wankership.

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  • soundoid

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #17

    I can’t see guttierrez going he is too versitile, right footed left winger. Could play left back of right back or in the middle as Messi lite, or right wing…… never see that tho just to p**s us all off.

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  • soundoid

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #18

    We could move fergie on to the wing and gutti behind him if El Toro goes! just an idea don’t shoot me down…(Hides)

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 18, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Naturally the club wants to do what’s best for them, getting a transfer fee now rather than let his contract run down.

    But equally, Jose will want to do what’s best for him – which may mean running down his contract and negotiating a signing on fee.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 18, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #20

    i dont wanna keep him here this season and sell him for nothing in the next season

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  • Brutooon

    Jun 18, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Naylor is a natural left footed by he is not the same class as Jose Enrique. He might be the Perch at the left back

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  • xfer

    Jun 18, 2011 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #22

    129 total appearances for the Magpies, with one stupendous goal

    You wont say this about alot of players, but despite only one goal in 129, he has been my favourite player! What a great LB he has been for us. Almost certain the opposition wont gain much on their right flank with Jose there. Thats how consistent he has been.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 18, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #23

    I already posted this earlier but my mate lives in cardiff and works with a relative of neil taylor and says the only thing holding up the deal is taylor wont sign unless enrique leaves cause he wont be a bench warmer.

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  • Lachu

    Jun 18, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Jose can leave, cmon lads we heard this before , i mean u lot said the ame thing for a certain habib beye , same words like he s the best we ve had in yrs fan fav and all , we ve hardly missed him .. lets move on

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  • Graeme

    Jun 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Its time TOON called his bluff.

    Call him in, tell him he has 7 days to decide his future then put him on the transfer list.

    If he cant see the improvements to the playing squad that are being made, he’s blind. It’s now blatantly obvious that Jose is trying to maximise his own benefits to the detriment of the club – its not acceptable.

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  • Sir Alan

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26

    this season Jose was best left back in the league, attackingly and defensively. FACT.

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  • Real Toon Army Fan

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #27

    WHATS GOING ON WITH THE BOARD AND MIKE ASHLEY ? THE CLUB HAS GOT 40 MILLION TO SPEND AFTER THE SALE OF KEVIN NOLAN OK THE CLUB CAN 10 OR 5 MILLION THE CLUB HAS JUST BROUGHT IN FREE TRANSFERS.

    AND WHY IS THE CLUB LOOKING LETTING 2 MORE OUR BEST PLAYERS GO IN DEFENCE.ALAN PAR DEW IS A YES MAN AS WELL HE DOES EVER THE BOARD AND MIKE ASHLEY TELLS HIM AT THE MINUTE.

    CUSS YOU KNOW ITS ALL LIES HE IS SAYING ABOUT THE PLAYERS LIKE NOLAN AND THE OTHER 2 GOOD PLAYERS WE HAVE IN DEFENCE ABOUT IE THERE CONTRACTS WAGES ITS JUST TO COVER MIKE ASHLEY.

    CUSS WE ARE TOTALLY TURNING INTO A SELLING CLUB LIKE THE TIMES HAS SAID.UNLESS THE MONEY NOT PUT BACK TO THE CLUB THOUGH PLAYERS AND THE YOUTH SET UP MORE WE ARE NOT GOING DO VERY WELL NEXT SESSION.

    OR IN THE FUTURE THATS WHY I FEEL WE NEED A TOTAL STRONG 22 SQUAD A WE NEED 3 WORLD CLASS DEFENDERS 6 IF Jose Enrique AND Fabricio Coloccini GOES A WORLD CLASS STRIKER SELL SHOLA AMEOBI KEEP THE OTHER 3 PLUS THE NEW WE HAVE AND LOAN RANGER OUT.

    IF THE DOES GET SPENT WHAT I SAY I BY THE TIME THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS ALL US REAL NEWCASTLE UTD FANS SHOULD GET MIKE ASHLEY OUT HOW YOU ASK THOUGH A FACEBOOK ACTION GROUP, DONT BUY ANY SESSION TICKETS OR TICKETS TO WATCH THEM PLAY.

    DONT ANY MONEY THE FOOTBALL CLUB IE CLUB SHOP’ SHEARES BAR’ STADIUM TOURS ETC SPORTS DIRECT WEB SITES HIT HIM WERE IT HURTS THE POCKET REMEMBER HIS IS A BUSINESS MAN.

    LETS ALL UNITE ON THIS WE NEED AT LEAST HALF OF THE STADIUMS SUPPORT ON THIS ITS PEOPLE POWER REMEMBER THAT BUTS LETS SEE IF MIKE ASHLEY STICKS TO HIS WORD IN WHAT SAID AFTER THE CLUB SOLD ANDY CARROLL AND THE MONEY TO SIGN NEW PLAYERS BUT THAT WENT AND SEE.

    AT THE END OF THIS TRANSFER WINDOW ?

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