Former Newcastle man, Jose Enrique, has been told he is free to leave Liverpool in January. And I believe that we would be mad not to consider a move for him.
Enrique’s contract is set to end at the end of the season and, as of January 1st, he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club.
Enrique, since leaving Newcastle in 2011 for £6m, has experienced a torrid time at Anfield, and hasn’t been named in a single first-team squad since the appointment of former Dortmund coach, Jurgen Klopp. Even youngster Brad Smith, who has only made 8 professional appearances (7 of which wer for Swindon Town on loan) has established himself as Alberto Moreno’s deputy.
Indeed, Enrique hasn’t featured since the FA Cup tie against Bolton back in January when he was hauled off at half-time.
At 29 he still has plenty of years at the top level left in him, and I feel that Newcastle would be silly not to consider a move in for him when the January window opens up tomorrow.
The left-back position is a massive weakness in the team (Dummett and Haidara clearly not Premier League class) and we are in serious need of defensive reinforcements, having conceded the second most in the league this season (34).
Jose Enrique is easily the best left-back Newcastle have had under Mike Ashley’s reign, though that is hardly the most difficult achievement, and considering his general popularity in North-East, I am sure he would be welcome back by the Toon faithful.
One stumbling block may well be his wage demands – he is currently on 65k/week at Liverpool, but I am sure that those demands would be lowered if Newcastle came calling.
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