Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that defender Jose Enrique is about to join Liverpool, once he completes his medical on Merseyside.
Jose Enrique – leaving for Liverpool
However, the timing of the deal from Newcastle’s viewpoint is not ideal, since fans are now wondering just who will be playing at left back against Arsenal on Saturday.
Talented youngster Shane Ferguson is out injured, and our other 19 year-old James Tavernier, was today sent out to Carlisle on a one month loan deal.
It’s difficult to really know what the fee is for Jose, as reports range from £5.5M to £8M, so let’s hope it’s £8M.
Ever since Andy Carroll was surprisingly sold to Liverpool in January, Enrique has questioned the ambitions of Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, and decided to seek pastures anew, where he can play European football and challenge for a full Spanish cap.
Enrique had a successful four years at Newcastle, after singing from Villareal, for £6.2M in August of 2007, and he established himself as one of the best attacking left backs in the Premier League.
At one time, Jose, who was very popular with the fans, had said he wanted to finish his career at Newcastle, but alas things change.
Alan pardew had this to say today:
“We’re obviously aware that there was a possibility of Enrique leaving. It’s the last year of his contract, he’d made it clear he didn’t really have any motivation to re-sign here”
“Therefore it’s happened at a time where we probably expected it to happen – right before the season kicks off.”
“On our side, with a player with a year left, we couldn’t afford not to take the best price we could get, and that’s what’s happened.”
“Now we need to find and secure a replacement which is obviously ongoing as I speak. We have a backup plan which we need to put in place now.”
“We wish him well,” “He’s done absolutely brilliant for this football club and he’s a great footballer, there’s no doubt about that. He’s a good player.”
Another top player leaves the club, and Newcastle must start doing a better job of keeping their top players on Tyneside.
Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique will have all left the club this year, and Joey Barton looks set to be on his way too.
It looks like Erik Pieters of PSV will be Jose’s replacement, but it’s not clear how quickly Newcastle can sign him, or whether PSV even want to sell their Dutch International.
Jose was great at Newcastle, and played 129 times for the club with one goal, and we wish him all the best on Merseyside.