Jose Enrique is an example of a Newcastle player leaving Newcastle for a bigger club and having his career falter badly.
He has announced his retirement from football at a young 31 years of age after having trouble with a long-standing knee injury.
Jose wanted away from Newcastle in 2011 following Newcastle selling star striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool that January for £35M.
At the time he was convinced Newcastle just didn’t have the ambition to become a successful club again.
He joined Liverpool that summer for £7M but has since had an injury filled time of it in his five years at the Merseyside club and played only 99 times for the Reds with two goals during that period.
78 of those appearances came during his first two years at Liverpool.
The irony is that after Jose left Newcastle, we had our best season under Mike Ashley and we finished 5th top in May of 2012 under then manager Alan Pardew.
Jose Enrique – retires from football at only 31
Jose became a free agent last summer and joined Spanish second division side Real Zaragoza on a two-year deal.
But he has announced his retirement, having had trouble with a knee injury he picked up during his time at Liverpool.
The source of the pain in his knee has been a mystery for some time now.
This is what Jose has said in Marca:
“It was supposed to be for three months and it turned into two years.”
“I saw five doctors in England, but they didn’t find the problem.”
“It hurts me, but so many times they told me that it was a psychological problem that I came to believe it.”
Jose was one of Newcastle’s best players since he was signed by Sam Allardyce back in 2007 for £6.3M, and he signed a five-year contract with the club.
At the time we beat off competition from Manchester City (before they were big spenders) and Liverpool for his signature.
Jose ended up playing 129 times with one goal for the Magpies in the four seasons he was on Tyneside.
He was selected in the Championship side of the Season when we were promoted from the Championship back in 2010.