Even though Jose Enrique has been forecast to leave Newcastle for several months now, the player was given a good welcome by the fans on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Jose Enrique – excellent for Newcastle over the last two seasons
Apart from a wayward tweet that Jose made while on the American tour, he has kept his counsel well, and hasn’t been much of a problem to the Newcastle club.
And of course whatever happens with Jose, and he is till likely to leave to join liverpool soon, he has been magnificent for Newcastle over the last two seasons.
That excellent play started with the promotion season, when he was judged Newcastle’s Player of the Season, and then he helped the team last year consolidate their position in mid-table of the Premier League.
One of Jose’s major concerns at Newcastle is the lack of investment in new players, and Alan Pardew is hoping the signing of Gabriel Obertan, which is imminent, and perhaps one more player this week will help Jose decide to stay on Tyneside.
Pardew has talked about Jose over the weekend, and he had this to say to the local Newcastle press today:
“Jose was in good shape against Fiorentina and you know I want him to stay.” “I can’t make that statement any more clear – no fan out there wants him to stay here more than me.”
“Jose will determine his own future.” “I thought Jose was brilliant and he was up against top players and none of them got any joy out of him. His pace was there.”
“What you saw was a player who has worked hard in the background, even though he hasn’t played recently.”
We don’t know if Pardew’s hopes are simply that or whether he has had some commitment from Jose if Newcastle sign some players and show they are serious about building a good new team, he could stay.
Certainly the acquisition of Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba are three good players who will make Newcastle a lot more skillful than last season, and with Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling coming back from long term injuries, they are like two new players too.
We hope Jose will stay, but Alan says Newcastle are not the only club that are in danger of losing some of their best players:
“You hear lots of rumors and when you are out of contract almost, players are vulnerable.” “When you have players in that situation you are vulnerable.”
“We are almost in the identical situation as Arsenal. They are vulnerable.” “They have Fabregas and Nasri – both of them being hunted by top clubs. And we have the same situation here.”
“I’m afraid that is the way it will always be until we are big enough and strong enough to compete with those top teams. We all know we aren’t near them at the moment.”
There’s a chance, although it’s an outside chance to be honest, that Enrique will finally decide to stay on Tyneside, and if you want to send him a message to ask him to stay at Newcastle you can do so here.
There’s no harm in trying, and Jose is hardly a trouble-maker at the club, and of course he’s an excellent player.