Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Enrique: Magpies Premier Quality; but New Signings Are Welcome: Enrique: Magpies Premier Class

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Enrique: Magpies Premier Quality; but New Signings Are Welcome: Enrique: Magpies Premier Class

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

JOS[ETH] Enrique wants to see fresh blood at St James' Park this summer, despite arguing Newcastle United are already good enough for the Premier League without it.

Monday's 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest, during which 24-year-old Enrique (pictured right) scored his first goal in club football, means it is now a question of when rather than if United confirm their return to the world's most glamorous football league.

It could be as early as Saturday if Newcastle win at Peterborough United and Forest continue their losing streak away from home at Bristol City.

Thoughts will then turn to the work needed in the transfer market to stop the club's next topflight campaign going the way of its last and ending in relegation.

Enrique wants to see United strengthen, but the Spaniard was careful to take the pressure off owner Mike Ashley by declaring that he will not lose any sleep if they do not. "We have a good team for the Cham-pionship - a very good team for this division," said the man signed by Sam Allardyce from Villarreal in 2007.

"We need players for next season in the Premier League, of course, but that is normal - every team will need new players.

"It is not my work to say how many but I hope we will sign some new players because it is good to have a big squad.

"But if we do not sign anyone, I don't care because our team is full of good players."

Newcastle's squad is packed with Premier League experience, something which has been apparent as they have outclassed Championship opposition all season.

Fabrice Pancrate has never played in England's top-flight, although he is unlikely to get the chance to rectify that next season.

His current contract expires this summer and although Newcastle have an option to extend it, it is one they are unlikely to take up. …

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