Jose Enrique spent four good seasons at Newcastle United, after he was signed for £6.2M from Villareal in the summer of 2007.
Jose Enrique – Liverpool left back
Sam Allardyce was the manager at the time, but of course he lasted only six months and was gone in early January of 2008, to be replaced by Kevin Keegan, after Mike Ashley failed to lure Harry Redknapp up to the north-east.
Newcastle made Jose into the player he is today, but he also wanted to leave Newcastle, once Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool.
In fact Newcastle lost four of their best players last year in Carroll, Nolan, Barton and Enrique – and yet we have turned out to have a better team because of it – so work that one out.
We have to think that if Newcastle could have held on to Jose through last year, with Newcastle’s great start to their season, and the way Alan Pardew was managing the side, he could have even stayed on Tyneside.
And he would have seen Newcastle doing what he wanted, to get into European competition and further his football career, so it’s just unfortunate that he left at the time he did, but it’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now.
Jose was sick of the penny pinching going on by Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley, and he even criticized newcatsle’s transfer dealings of last summer.
But Newcastle transfer market purchases of last summer have turned out to be stellar, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Davide Santon in particular, even though little money was spent on players.
Jose now finds himself at a club who are doing very well in the cups – Liverpool have already won the Carling Cup and they play local rivals Everton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
But they are struggling in the league table in 7th place, and a full 8 points behind Newcastle – we had to find some way of getting that one in this article. 😀
For the record Jose played 129 times for Newcastle with a single goal, and he was a good player for the side.
The American owners of Liverpool will be happy about the Cup performances but not about their league position.
So Kenny Dalglish should remain manager for at least another season, but he’ll have to do much better in the league table next season and Champions League competition will be a must, so it has to be a top four place or bust.
It will be interesting how much John W. Henry of New England Sports Ventures, the current owners, will be willing to shell out to Kenny, in the transfer market this summer, after seeing a poor return so far.
And with any luck, Newcastle can join Liverpool in the Europa League next season, and Liverpool can do us a favor there, because if they beat Everton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, then 6th place in the Premier League will qualify – and Newcastle are 8 points clear in 6th place right now.
A win against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon is what we are looking for, and if Newcastle can show some of their best form, there’s no reason we cannot beat Liverpool at St. James’ Park, for the second season running, and stretch our lead over the Merseyside club to 11 points.