Make way for Jose

by admin

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Villarreal’s Joan Capdevila must surely be cherishing every Spanish cap he receives from here on in. The 33 year old will only have one or two more years left playing for his country or even football all together. This opens the door for a new Spanish left back to fill the void and there is only one name that springs to mind.

Newcastle United left back Jose Enrique has shown over the past two years why the club paid, at the time, a steep £6 million for an unknown 21 year old nicknamed ‘The Bull’, from ironically Villarreal. His first two seasons at the club were not the best to say the least. Regular mistakes, slack concentration and poor decision making was a combination that was all too familiar in a Newcastle defense and certainly earned an early exit out of the club.

However, a sensational year in the Championship and his spectacular form this season has made his transfer fee laughable. He has turned into a strong, fast and composed defender who is literally banging on the door of the national team. You could go as far as saying he is the best left back in the Premier League at this moment in time. Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra, Gael Clichy and Leighton Baines have all shown on their day they are well established international left backs. Jose Enrique is now showing why he is more than capable of playing at the highest level, which means it is only a matter of time before he wins a well deserved call up to the Spanish national team.

He is being heavily linked with a big money summer transfer move to Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan. This can only be a credit to the player who has stepped up to the plate and proved what a fine left back he is turning out to be. Although Newcastle fans would love him to stay I don’t think anyone can begrudge him a move to a bigger club. It would be a kick in the teeth for him to move to Liverpool considering the whole Andy Carroll saga and the fact they aren’t the big club they used to be. Manchester United would also be a bitter blow with both clubs still having a lingering rivalry from the 1990’s but it would be more understandable move. If any, AC Milan would certainly be the favored destination for a Newcastle supporter.

Apart from comments last week coming out of the Spanish press saying he would welcome a move to a bigger club in order to win trophies and play regularly for Spain. He has also expressed a desire to stay at Newcastle and will sign a new long term deal at the end of the season if the club is still in the Premier League. It doesn’t question his loyalty by any means, it makes common sense. The player has often said he would be happy to spend the rest of his career on Tyne-side.

Hopefully his first International cap is just around the corner.

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