Since Alan Pardew talked to the press after the abandoned game with Fiorentina on Saturday afternoon, there have been rumors circulating that there was a chance that Jose Enrique could stay at Newcastle.
Jose Enrique – we hope he stays!
Couple that wit the news yesterday that Alan Pardew was in Holland watching potential replacement PSV Eindhoven full-back Erik Pieters, and it’s hard to know what to think.
But the fact that Alan Pardew has said the squad needs to bring in two new players this week, may be a hint that if Newcastle further strengthen their squad quickly, with a couple of good players, Jose may decide to stay at the club, and even sign his new contract.
That’s the bottom line, but we should know this week whether he’s coming or going, since there is now only 23 days left in the transfer window, and Liverpool may want to act this week.
And even if Liverpool have supposedly agreed a £5.5M fee with Newcastle, they still have to agree terms with the Spanish U21 International, and Enrique may find it out those terms are not as good as what’s on offer at Newcastle.
Jose looked very good on Saturday, for the 64 minutes the game lasted, and if he decides to stay it will be a huge boon and confidence booster for the club and of course the fans.
Couple that with the fact that Joey Barton will meet with Managing Director Derek Llambias either tomorrow or on Wednesday, and if there is a good outcome to those talks, Joey could even stay on Tyneside as well, at least for next season.
Here’s what Alan Pardew said about Enrique after the Fiorentina game:
“No bids, he was terrific on Saturday against a very good player,”
“I keep looking at him and smiling, hoping he is going to stay,” “He smiles but hasn’t signed a contract yet.”
“He was terrific against a very good player against Fiorentina and showed why I want to keep him.”
We’re not sure what to believe on Jose Enrique, but if he stays that would be stellar news for Newcastle fans, and we certainly need some good news this week – fact!
Howay The Lads!!