Could we lose the bond of Jose and Jonas?
By Louis Tiplady
Wednesday 22 Jun 2011 08:38:00
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With interest in Jose Enrique building, it is becoming quite likely that he will not be a Newcastle United player this upcoming campaign.

The big question is; how could this effect others playing around him?

“It is a very special relationship between Jose and me. We have an amazing understanding, almost telepathic.”

The words of Jonas Gutierrez, a player who has improved tremendously since being combined with Jose down the left side. It is clear to see why Jonas said his and Jose’s understanding is almost telepathic, at times their link up play has baffled the best of teams and been a key factor in a successful campaign back in the top flight.

Looking at the situation from a different angle, could the signing of Sylvain Marveaux and the interest in Charles N’Zogbia and Tranquillo Barnetta be a sign that they are preparing for Enrique to leave? Jonas would definitely lose some of the positives of his game, has Alan Pardew seen this fact?

There is rumour going round suggesting that Liverpool would like our left-sided duo for £22 million, now would this be too bad? You have to look at the big picture, the left flank will no doubt be an improvement and all this would effectively cost nothing with the price we would receive (excluding wages and signing on fees).

The question to be asked with this transition is, can we find a left-back, better, or even ’as good as’ Jose? Now I appreciate that Neil Taylor is a quality player, but he just doesn’t have the effect on a game as Enrique does. Another thing to take note is that there is not too many left-backs out there which have the defensive and attacking skill that Enrique possesses, which could be a very hard thing to replace.

With all the interest in left sided midfielders, it looks like Joey Barton could definately feature in Alan Pardew’s plans this season, back on his unfamiliar yet familiar right side. He has already declared that wants to stay (who hasn’t) and it looks like he will play a similar role as he did last year, providing effective balls to the opposite flank and crosses to the forwards.

I have nothing but optimism for the upcoming season, but I do hope the new signings have the desire as the former side had last year. And effectively the loss of Jose and maybe Jonas may not be as bad as we think.

Who knows what this season will bring?

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