Some bad news form Alan Pardew last night about the two top players at Newcastle who have just one year left on their contracts.
Jose Enrique – may have already left club – at least in his mind
Newcastle manager Alan Parde whas talked about both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, but he says their focus on Newcastle is a lot different.
Joey seems still focued on Newcastle, but the word coming from Jose’s advisors is that he wants to join a club in the European Champions League, and the player is not focused much on Newcastle, and that’s not a good position for the club to be in.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the two top players yesterday:
“There is a slight difference between Joey Barton’s situation, with a year left on his contract, and Jose.”
“Joey seems pretty focused on Newcastle whereas the noises coming out of Jose’s camp are that he wants to get a new club that is playing Champions League football.”
“We cannot offer him that at the moment, so that seems to be his focus. Hopefully that will change.”
“It is a moving feast. We have got to be ready because if he goes, it is going to leave a big hole in the team and we need to fill it quickly. But he does travel to the United States with us.”
“It is not ideal for us, as you can imagine. It is difficult. We have offered him a massive contract for this football club and he does not seem to want to sign it, so it is a very difficult position.”
“We have had no concrete offers, but we are going to try and have contingency plans in place so that if we do lose X, then Y comes in.”
“We are going to have to give ourselves some sort of chance, so that a deadline-day exit like Andy Carroll’s to Liverpool in January, which left Newcastle with no time to buy a replacement does not happen again.”
“We not want to be in the same position as last time.”
Pardew is right to be working on contingency plans, because if Joey and Jose leave the club, they must be replaced with similar caliber players.
But there’s a definite risk with Jose, and even Joey, that Newcastle lose them on the last day of the window, or at least close to it.
That’s what happened with Andy Carroll on January 31st, and the club just didn’t have time to replace the young striker, and the result was the side was exposed throughout the second half of the season, because of it.
Once bitten, twice shy, and Newcastle just cannot allow that to happen in this transfer window.
We assume the club will learn from its past mistakes, but it seems that Jose has already left Newcastle, at least in his own mind, and when that happens it becomes a lost cause, and Newcastle will need to sell him this summer.
And as usual if a player doesn’t want to be at Newcastle – then so be it.