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Jose Enrique A Top Professional – No Doubt About That!

We have no problem whatsoever with the professionalism of Jose Enrique, or that he will always give 100% when he plays for Newcastle – none at all.

Jose Enrique – gives 100% for Newcastle – all the time

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today he has absolutely no problems with Jose, and he been one of Newcastle’s best players over the last two seasons, and of course he was key for Newcastle last season in getting promoted, at the very first attempt.

There were reports yesterday that Newcastle were after 22 year-old French left-back Cheikh M’Bengue of Toulouse, so it’s a good question as to what will happen with Jose this summer, with AC Milan and Liverpool said to be very interested in the Spaniard, who has become one of the best left-backs in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew is determined to keep the 25 year-old defender on Tyneside, if he can, and we have to hope that Alan can be successful at doing that, and that would be a big success for the Newcastle club.

This is what Alan said today about the Spanish U21 International, singed by Sam Allardyce in August of 2007:

“The lad’s attitude is great, but that’s what you’d expect from top-class professionals,” “It’s like this argument that footballers get paid too much money now, that they don’t care.”

“But put a ball in front of a player and he wants to win it, regardless of how much he’s earning or what his contract situation is.”  “We’ve got committed players here, there’s a great team spirit and we want to see it home now. We want to finish strongly, and I think we can.”

We wouldn’t say that football players don’t care, but we would say they get paid too much money for what they do – far too much money.

But at least with the English Premier League, it’s now a huge global business, and of course big money is flowing into the game these days, as the world’s most popular game  can be seen live on TV in almost all countries  these days.

We have no idea if Jose wants to stay at Newcastle, but once the club is safe in the Premier League, we’ll concentrate on trying to get Jose to stay, if at all possible.

And even if he does move on in the summer, this lad’s been just great for Newcastle, and we can never forget he was a huge player in getting the Newcastle promoted last season, so he’s already done his bit for the club.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Hurry up and begin this strong finish AP, you’ve been harping on about it long enough.

    Who thinks Jonas should be tried at RB, at some point? He’d be similar to Jose in my opinion and has played there for his country, numerous times.

  • MacToon

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #2

    So what’s Pardew insinuating…. that Jose is gone but will do his best while he’s still here?

    Ah but no, he’s already said that no deal is is place 100%


  • ytz

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #3

    @ coolcatcarter89

    That is definitely a viable strategy. We can then accommodate Ferguson on the left wing too. Damn he is such a danger as a left winger!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    he has done a great job for NUFC till now bt he is not a finished player he has lot to give he is still Improving player we should keep him but if he dont wanna stay then let him go we dont want players who are nt interested to play for NUFC and for our fans

  • toonfan09

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    did yas was jonas play rb in the world cup he was shocking

  • boater

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #6

    What you on about ? Guti was a liability at right back in the world cup. He is one of our best attacking players this season – play people in their best positions and get on with it. We have countless forwards missing so stop messing with things because you’re bored… it’s not football manager.

  • dougski

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    @coolcatcarter89 @ytz

    absolute ludicrous decision you obviously didn’t watch the world cup or if so not an Argentinian match as he was the weak link and got booked every game! Hes great going fwd maybe not final ball every time but he can also track back but defending and tackling is shocking so really would be dangerous doing that as he would definitely be the weak link in our team keep him on the wings but I do agree ferguson needs more games and jonas could be moved to the right to help cover simpson that needs a bit extra if barton moves to the middle butin all honesty ryan taylor should play right as he tracks back and keeps the left side jose and jonas no point tinkering with a tried and tested formula

  • Davies

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Jonas is pretty good at getting back and helping to clear up, but I definitely think he benefits from being further up the field.

    If Jose does go in the summer (I really hope he doesn’t, but IF he does), it might be that we start using Jonas out on the right, where is way better. He makes the occasional good cross from the left (two against Birmingham!), but he cuts across the pitch a lot, and when he delivers from the right, it’s very clear that this is his stronger side. Is it possible that his good relationship with Enrique has maybe held him back a little?

    We can all see room for improvement in the side, but I happen to think we’re missing a lot of the faults because we’re looking at the wrong things. If Enrique stays, is it time to start breaking up that partnership?

    For me, we need a new left back, whether Jose stays or not. Fergie is an exceptional young winger and, whilst I don’t think he would be wasted at left back, I’d like to see him play with someone a little more solid defensively. Maybe he and Jose make that their own next season?

    We can hope.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    For some supporters there is no pleasing. If he stays he harms Fergusons development and if we look for a replacement same thing. If we look to get another F.B it looks like he is leaving, but what about strengthening like we all know is necessary! We need cover FFS that will show we have ambition and maybe this will help change Jose’s mind that we can be in with a shout for Europe. Get off the managements back until after the summer and lets see who we bring in and who we have left. After all Cashley could easily have NOT put any more money into the club and does anyone else remember the talk of administration at the time we first drank fizzy pop???

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10


    LOL, jonas is terrible in defence he played at RB for Argentina at the world cup and looked crap. Maradonna had Di Maria left wing and he likes jonas so he played him at RB.

    Jonas is best as a winger…

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Well, we need a new RB then, because there’s no hiding Simpson is the weak link currently. I know he’s improving, but the backing-off malarky will not be ironed out, it’s an innate reaction. If you haven’t learnt something basic like that, playing football everyday, before you’re 18; I’m sorry but it will forever be a glaring weakness.

    boater – this is a blog to discuss all things NUFC, it’s as valid a topic as any other. I haven’t played the random-results-football-spreadsheet-games since I were 16. That kind of patter gets really old.

  • Flair:20

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    “Jose Enrique A Top Professional – No Doubt About That!”

    As highly as I rate him as a player, I’m inclined to disagree with that statement – there is a pretty big slice of doubt over his professionalism as far as I’m concerned. That doubt is based on his transfer to Liverpool supposedly having already been agreed. As far as I’m concerned, the recent reports of interest from Milan and comments from the club saying that a deal is not in place are purely smokescreens to cover the fact that the deal has in fact been done. If this is the case, what leads me to question his professionalism is the fact that he stated quite clearly that he would discuss a new contract with Newcastle United once we had secured out Premier League status. Then, before we had done so, we find that he has already supposedly agreed a deal with Liverpool. On this basis, I would say he is very far from being a “top professional”.

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Unless things fall very right for Liverpool, they will not be playing any European football next season. So why would Jose want to go there if he has continent wide ambitions? I’d say Liverpool is a straw dog, being used to pump up the cash offer from a club playing for European titles.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #14

    My thoughts exactly about Ferguson. He and Jose would be fantastic, there’d be a limitless supply of ammunition for our brand-spanking-new forward. Everyone can see he’s good enough so throw him in. The next game, is a perfect opportunity to play Ferguson LW Jonas RW, I really doubt AP has the nouse, nor courage to try it though.

  • geoff777

    Apr 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #15


    Liverpool & Enrique
    is like
    Spurs & Carroll

    Casino boys playing games to try to up the transfer fee.

    Enrique’s going … probably doesn’t want to … watch him be forced into a corner and Laurel & Hardy make him to put in a transfer request …

    & there’ll still be saps out there that think Ashley is building the club.

  • Sav

    Apr 15, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Jose is without doubt one of our best players but if he goes, so be it.

    But you can’t help feeling we were going well and had the opportunity to see this one out and bring the rest of the team up to the standard of Jose, Tiote, Carroll, Barton, Colo and Harper. A few additions and we were nearly there. But now its all negative vibe and not only does the season hold out little bar survival, but that next year will be worse. Not because of so-called 2nd season syndrome or any such nonsense, but because we will have a weaker squad than we began this season with and without the team spirit promotion brings.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #17

    in three weeks when we are safe and fatty get his wheel barrow out to take his 250m to the casino everyone will say I did not see that one coming. I have the beer in ready for the street party.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Since Jose is one of our top 4 or 5 players he should be paid as such. Come on Ashley stop all these rumours in the summer and sign Jose to a fair long-term deal, meaning pay him properly. He needs to be on something like 70 or 75K a week to keep him. That is not a ridiculous amount for a top young player. Everyone is watching you Ashley. Don’t turn the summer into another shambles of lying and making excuses (or not even bothering to make excuses as you don’t even have the plums to speak to the supporters do you). Sign some good young players like Gervinho and keep the remaining core of the team intact. This is the last chance to regain your credibility Ashley. The supporters are watching and there is nowhere left to hide.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Apr 15, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #19

    I dont believe jose to liverpool is true, they just trying to unsettle him at newcastle.

    why cant Mike Ashley talk to Jose Enrique and tell him we will spend big money on transfers this summer, offer him a decent contract and convince him to stay.

    I want Enrique to sign a new contract no doubt.

  • MadAboutToon

    Apr 15, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #20

    i totally agree with you SAV but i just pray were wrong, i feel the hole team falling apart since ac left

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 16, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #21

    I want Enrique to sign a new contract AND for us to bring in a quality back up for him. That way if we sell him in a year or two we get more money and his replacement has had time to gel with the team.

    I think we should be trying to get Ferguson working as cover for Jonas on the left wing. I can see him being similar to Lennon with his pace and willingness to run at opponents. Those little guys can often be the hardest to stop like Messi for instance.


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