Should Newcastle have considered re-signing Jose Enrique on deadline day?

Jose Enrique

Left back was an area that Newcastle United should have looked to strengthen.

Newcastle United ended the summer transfer window quietly, as manager Steve McClaren chose not to make a signing on deadline day.

McClaren oversaw the arrival of five new signings this summer, as Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney all signed on the dotted line at St. James' Park.

Owner Mike Ashley backed his new manager with transfer funds, and whilst the Newcastle side does look stronger, there are still areas of the time that need improving.

One such area is left back, where neither Massadio Haidara or Paul Dummett have impressed in recent years - and with the print edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport earlier this week - as reported by Sport Mediaset - suggesting that Roma's Ashley Cole rejected a move to Newcastle, the Magpies didn't manage to bring in a left back.

A player they should have considered is Jose Enrique - the man who starred for Newcastle before his move to Premier League rivals Liverpool in 2011.

The Spaniard made 129 appearances for Newcastle during his time on Tyneside, becoming a fan favourite after an initially tough introduction to life in England following his 2007 move from Villarreal.

After being a regular at Liverpool for his first two seasons, Enrique has played just 18 times in the last two campaigns, and has become an outcast at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers.

Speculation from Sky Sports suggested that Enrique was close to joining West Brom earlier this week, and whilst Liverpool were desperate to let him go, no move materialised.

Enrique would have offered an experienced option at left back for Newcastle, and some fans still rate him highly after hsi first spell at the club.

However, Newcastle's recent transfer policy has been to sign younger players with future re-sale value, and the recently injury-prone, almost 30-year-old Enrique would go against that entirely.

A season-long loan whilst Newcastle identify a younger target would have been a sensible move for the Magpies, given Enrique's top flight experience, but not investing in him over the long-term was the best decision for now, even with their need for a new left back.

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