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Former Newcastle Talented Left-Back Finally Retires From Football

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.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    El Toro!
    Shame, at just 31.
    And, no, Ketsbia, we are not going to re-sign him or Santon!

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    That Woodburn, scored for Wales v Austria, assist last night, 17 year old from Liverpool – he must be worth a few quid, already.
    Daryl Murphy looked a real handful v Serbia, too.
    Looks like it will be a battle, Wales v Rep Ireland for the runner’s up spot – the winner could be up against Italy, Holland, Portugal, Denmark, Northern Ireland or, even, Scotland.
    Knew I needed to make the most of Wales being in the Euros. 🙄
    On the bright side, no Joe Jordan!

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Northumbria Police, please let the other bloggers oot!

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4


  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5


  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Talking to myself

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I always rated Santon and tbh, I wouldn’t mind if we resigned him. As for the team on Sunday, if Yedlin is fit enough to start, I can see him at RB and Manquillo at LB. That is if Mbemba’s knock keeps him out on Sunday

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    7 in a row
    New PB!

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Damn you, Pootle!!!!!
    Tsunki put you up to that, didn’t he?

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    You feeling a bit lonely toontaff?

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11


  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    That was meant to be a smiley

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Pootle, it’s good we have a selection issue, in defence, with Yedlin and Lejeune back. Mbemba, hopefully, will not have too serious an injury.
    Also, wonder what Rafa will decide to do RE: Shelvey/Moreno/Hayden.
    Maybe Shelvey on the bench? Guess, he’ll be getting some flipping flack from WG9.

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Quick question to on taffy,
    Would you bring Jonjo straight back into the team or would you leave it as it was against WHU?

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Is that a case of great minds think alike or just a random coincidence?

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Pootle, was on a roll – tika-taka style 😮
    Could hear the olays!
    None of those ugly long ball tactics 😆

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Jonjo will surely be desperate to play v The Swans, but I think he should be made to sit and watch, from the bench!
    Introduce, maybe, him and Gayle to change tactics after about an hour.

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d agree, I think it would be harsh on either Hayden or Merino if he came straight back in, especially as his ban was self inflicted

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Unfortunately toontaff, I have to shoot off so you’ve got the blog all to yourself at the mo 😉 I should be back on later so I’ll check how many uninterrupted posts you manage.

    Take it easy bud

  • Thump

    Sep 6, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #20

    @toontaff: No way can he start. Let him come on for the final 20 to ping some long passes. Beyond that, Swansea will be set to wind him up and we can’t afford to lose him again.

  • martoon

    Sep 6, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m not sure if Mbemba would have started anyway after a long trip home from Africa but it does mean which ever selection Rafa decides on we will probably have to start a player returning from injury i.e. Lejeune or Yedlin. This is not always the best option or he could decide to give Sterry a chance?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Sep 6, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Hope everbodys well on this lovely sunny day toonfatt2 your on a roll bro

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    One of the best left backs we had in recent times… Since he left, no one has even played to half of his ability.

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Runaway – caffeine, fresh air and sun – seems to have the same effect as alcohol!
    The next 3 games: Swans (A), Stoke (H), Brighton (A) – : we need a few points from these!

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Now everything has died down a tad, maybe ironically 2 players who we thought were on the way out, eg M’Bemba and Mitro could effectively be the missing ”new signings” with a second chance by default, who may have cost us another 30M on the open market.

  • AncientC

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #26

    ‘Fifa has rejected Leicester City’s application to register midfielder Adrien Silva after the club missed the deadline by 14 seconds.

    The Foxes signed the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon for £22m but finalised parts of the deal near the close of the summer transfer window on 31 August.

    Silva’s registration was not completed in time with football’s governing body meaning he is ineligible until January.’

    ¶ ‘The club own Silva but points of the deal were not completed adequately meaning they are required to pay his wages until they can attempt to register him again in January.’

    Difficult not to laugh at that one.

  • Reilly

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #27

    I see jib was on GMB this morning.

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Obviously, watching the Welsh national side, Joe Ledley, defensive midfield, released by Palace at end of 3 and a half year contract – wonder why he still has no club – a solid, experienced player.
    Hal Robson Kanu was in the same boat, at the Euros.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 6, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Team for weekend

    Assuming Mbemba is missing and I wouldn’t rush Yeldin back as hamstrings on quick players can become a chronic issue if not dealt with cautiously.


    Shelvey absolutely should not walk back into the team on principle and because Merino has usurpd him for now. Perez did ell last match so deserves to retain his spot.

    Shelvey and Gayle to come on with 20mins left to give us the counterattack threat over the top, should we be winning.

  • NUFCadon

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #30

    After calming down after the transfer deadline, I have been thinking. We got Merino for pennies in todays footballing money but he looks an absolute class act. I wonder, would more fans be happy with the transfer window if we payed £20-25M for the lad which he will very probably be worth in the near future?

  • Veltman

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Hail – good line up, especially the back 4.
    Though it is difficult to drop Shelvey as his physical presence and ball passing is useful. So I’ll chuck the midfield with 5
    Ritchie, Shelvey, Merino,Hayden & Atsu,in
    4-5-1 formation And hit them on the counter.I hope he will not play Atsu on the right and Ritchie on the left like he did at Huddersfeild as they were clearly wasted.
    Here is hoping.

  • toontaff2

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #32

    I would have said the same as HWA.
    Interesting thought from Veltman – maybe Shelvey in middle instead of Perez, with a bit of an adjusted 4-2-3-1.

  • Veltman

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Think i should start playing super 6.
    Anyone know if it is possible to play outside UK?

  • Dave76

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    NUFCadon you make a very good point.i think if we had paid 20m for him and 20m for Lejeune and looked at their potential quality so far a lot of fans would be saying it was a successful window with great investment yet we would have the same squad everyone is saying has been a disaster of a transfer window

  • martoon

    Sep 6, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #35

    NUFCadon & Dave76 – For me it is the fact we started out spending money on Murphy & Lejeune and then suddenly started looking around the bargain basement. I think most agree we are short of 1 more striker and a Left Back and no disrespect to Murphy but I would rather the £12m had been put towards buying players in the afore mentioned positions!

  • expatmag

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Just read the Mirror quoting our wages topped £97 million at one stage.

    No wonder Ashley wanted the decks cleared

  • AncientC

    Sep 6, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #37

    The wages were £75 million the season the club went down. Those were the 16th highest wages in the PL – not exactly competitive. The wage bill has very likely been cut year on year since then too. I have no idea where ‘The Mirror’ are getting £97 million from.

  • toonincheek

    Sep 6, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Ancient –

    No facts to say you are wrong, but it doesn’t sound
    right that our wages were only 16th highest the year
    we were relegated.

    We have tended to have to pay more in wages
    to attract players.


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