We reported yesterday that Andy Carroll wanted to leave and told Alan Pardew that, and that was it – he left for £35M.
Jose Enrique – when he was at Newcastle for four seasons
But Alan Pardew has also said the departure of Jose Enrique was different from that of Andy, and he seems more disappointed about it.
It seems that Jose had difficulty with what Alan calls the previous regime – but first of all – this is what the manager said about Jose’s departure from Newcastle last August:
“When a player looks you in the eye and says he wants to go like Andy did, and the fee was what it was, there is no going back,”
“José was different. I had many conversations with him and we couldn’t even get down to finance. The scars of the previous regime were deep and he definitely wanted to go.”
Jonás Gutiérrez and Fabricio Coloccini, Enríque’s closest friends in the dressing room, have signed since and perhaps they weren’t secure at the time.”
“Maybe José felt it was all falling apart but sometimes there is a bigger picture. Sometimes players can’t see that. José couldn’t see it.”
We haven’t missed Andy Carroll much, or Kevin Nolan or Joey Barton for that matter, but we have missed Jose at left back.
If Jose was in the Newcastle side now, we’d be a better team because of it, although Davide Santon should come through just fine, once he gets more games under his belt, and certainly Davide is a better player than Jose at the same age.
What Jose couldn’t get over was how Mike Ashley and Newcastle had acted at times over the previous two years, and once they sold Andy Carroll, when it looked like he was the talisman of our side, it seemed like Mike Ashley would continue to do that, sell his best players.
It looked like money was more important than building a good team, and some fans may still think that way, but the transfer window last summer changed a lot of that thinking.
The players we brought in have been good, some like Cabaye and Demba Ba very good, and it could be that this summer is even better, in terms of Newcastle getting some good players through the door.
The Brazilian center-back Douglas, a 6’4″ no nonsense center-back on a free transfer, may be just one of this summer’s top acquisitions.
But we don’t expect Newcastle to spend big money this summer, as long as they can pick up bargains they have managed to do, over the last two years or so.
But it was too late to convince Jose Enrique of that and he left, although we mentioned yesterday that if he had stayed through Christmas, things may have been different.
But you also cannot keep a player who wants to leave, as hard as Alan seems to have tried to convince Jose to stay on Tyneside.
But Jose’s gone, and we still expect Newcastle to bring in a left footed left back in the summer, as another way of improving our defense next season.
And we could well see Davide Santon at right back next season too.
What do you think?