Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique has hit out at the club’s transfer policy, suggesting that the board is unwilling to invest properly in the squad. The Magpies have allowed their best players to leave, with Andy Carroll signing for Liverpool in a £35million deal in January and captain Kevin Nolan joining up with Sam Allardyce at West Ham. So far, Mike Ashley has show little sign of reinvesting any of this money on players of similar ilk, while the likes of Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Cheik Tiote and Joey Barton continue to be linked with moves away from St James’ Park.
Clearly not satisfied with the arrivals of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Mehdi Abeid and Sylvain Marveaux, Enrique has done what any other footballer would do and chosen to vent his frustration on Twitter. The Spaniard argued that players like Nolan and Carroll are not to blame, adding that the club would “never again fight to be among the top 6 again with this policy”. The fact is, Newcastle are far from being a top six club at the moment and will therefore struggle to attract the big names that Enrique would like. Still, as one of the top left backs in the division, he’s entitled to suggest that he should be surrounded by other quality players.
Still, perhaps Twitter is not the way to go about it and it will seem as if Enrique is just trying to engineer a move away from Newcastle. He paid tribute to the Toon supporters, saying: “I think you fans are the best and you deserve the best, not what they are doing with the club. Thanks to everyone for supporting me.” It will be interesting to see how many them do come out in support of him after this. It seems unlikely that Enrique will sign a new contract at St James Park so maybe it’d be wise of Newcastle to cash in on the full back this summer while they can. Although it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the fans are upset with this kind of policy and Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias will be the ones to take the blame.