Monday, February 14, 2011

El juego que espera*

Safety first - that's Alan Pardew's response to the question of when talks of a new contract for Jose Enrique can begin. Recruited by Fat Sam in 2007 at a cost of £6.3m, the Spaniard will be a free agent next summer. Initially underwhelming, he's currently in superb form, and with performances like Saturday's at Ewood Park (Paul's match report to come) he's certainly doing his bit to hasten Premier League survival for the team and discussions over a new deal for himself.

Not surprisingly, a clutch of top-flight rivals are allegedly casting covetous glances in Enrique's direction - including Liverpool, in desperate need of a decent left-back after the walking disaster that's been Paul Konchesky. His affection for Newcastle is evident, but it remains to be seen how Jabba will react to the anticipated demands of improved terms when talks do get underway. He could yet find himself once again supplying the ammunition for Rocky - hopefully not, though.

Speaking of whom... If those responsible for setting ablaze Rocky's new motor back in October fancy torching another Range Rover parked on Kevin Nolan's drive, they've got a great window of opportunity. Our skipper's Chelsea tractor won't be going anywhere for the next 60 days, after he was banned from driving for speeding today. Another one to chalk up for the Toon Motoring Hall Of Shame.

On a happier note, happy 60th birthday to Kevin Keegan. Appropriate that the man who sang inflicted on the world 'Head Over Heels In Love' should reach that ripe old age on Valentine's Day. Many happy returns, King Kev.

(* "The waiting game" in Spanish, if Babelfish is to be trusted...)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enrique out of contract next summer not this one

9:09 pm  
Anonymous Rich said...

Pretty sure he signed a 5 year deal when he joined, so he's not out of contract until next summer, not this summer.

10:41 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Apologies - post edited.

1:12 am  
Blogger Ben said...

(In fairness, though, the BBC article is wrong...)

1:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It means the game that waits (as if there were a rain shower)rather than making a game out of waiting

5:54 am  
Blogger Ben said...

Oh well, you get the gist. Didn't think another "No way Jose?" title would wash...

1:00 pm  

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