Emre Ready for Good Season at Newcastle

Emre, our skillful 26-year-old Turkish international thinks that our two strikers, Michael Owen and Australian Mark Viduka will make a big difference to a Newcastle side that performed so poorly last year.

He talked today to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle – so we’ll take a look at what Emre said and make our own assessment.



Sam Allardyce has wasted little time in bringing an air of optimism and excitement to the club as he expounds his ideas about football and what the club needs to do. As you know we have been so impressed with Sam and it’s little wonder that he interviewed so well for the England job – without getting it. He’s miles ahead of Steve McClaren in football management and ideas Newcastle United are just lucky (well – we need some of that now and again) that Sam wasn’t chosen by England – to be their manager. Sam probably uses the F word a touch too much for the FA – and certainly speaks the unbridled truth far too much for those guys – that’s for sure.

One of Sam’s players at Newcastle – Emre, speaking from the club’s pre-season training camp in Stegersbach, Austria – seemed quite upbeat about the new season – as he spoke to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle this morning:

“We will do much better next season with these players here.
“Both Mark Viduka and Michael Owen will help us perform much better and finish higher in the table than last season.”

“I don’t think I can do any ball work for three weeks, but hopefully I will be ready for the start of the new season.”

Emre missed the end of the campaign with an ankle problem, and in his two seasons has been hit by injury more than he and the club would like. Hopefully he will become fitter and less injury prone under new boss Sam Allardyce.

He joined up with his team-mates in Austria earlier this week having paid a visit to Germany and ankle expert Hans Muller-Wohlfahrt. Michael Ballack also visited Muller-Wohlfahrt earlier this year for treatment on his ankle – which Michael injured playing against Newcastle.

A fit Emre – although probably not an automatic starter under Sam – will still have a job to perform at Newcastle next season – and you cannot criticize his temperament or commitment to the club since he’s been here – he just hasn’t been available to play enough. We also believe that Emre himself will benefit from Sam’s guidance on and off the field. He does have a little tendency to get carried away at times – and we’re sure Sam will help him get himself under more control for both his own good and the good of the team.

Comments Welcome.

20 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jul 5, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Emre, our LAZY 26-year-old Turkish international thinks that our two strikers, Michael Owen and Australian Mark Viduka will make a big difference to a Newcastle side that performed so poorly last year. However many newcastle fans are hoping the slow, undetermined midfield will be offloaded long before the season starts and replaced by a midfielder who actually cares

  • cooldj

    Jul 5, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #2


    ….Newcastle side that performed so poorly last year, mainly because of him….

  • nightfall

    Jul 5, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #3

    sam…just exchange him for appiah… we don’t need so many AM, but we do need DM… plus, it’s a fair trade…for us…not for fenerbahce 🙂

  • Dan

    Jul 5, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Yo… Emre is one of my favourite players! Hes just unlucky with injuries last season…

  • Greg B

    Jul 5, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry lads but I disagree…..
    A fully fit Emre combined with better coaching methods and better players around him will be a completley different Emre to what we saw last year. I would not have labelled him ‘lazy’ but each to their own opinion eh?
    Im looking forward to seeing Emre at his best next season.
    On another note, I see Gartside is at it again, this time claiming he had an agreement with Sam that we wouldnt take any of Boltons backroom staff. I dont think the lads who have come were forced to were they?
    Oh, and he also claims that they have replaced them with better people who will make Bolton a more professional club, pity he isnt a bit more professional himself critisising Sam at every oportunity, a bloke who he said was the best manager in the Prem not long ago.
    Id like to know where they keep getting these ‘better’ members of staff from, are the magicing them up, or just making it up?

  • Fergie

    Jul 5, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Spot on Greg B, I can’t believe people are calling for Emre to leave. He is probably the most technically gifted player in our whole squad, along with Nobby and maybe now Viduka. When fit, he gives us an extra dimension in the centre of the park. He has excellent vision, a great pass, raely loses possession and is one of the few midfielders that we have who can actually beat a man, a necessity in today’s game in which most teams are happy to sit with 10 men behind the ball. His attitude is good and to say he is lazy is pure ignorance. Anyone who actually go’s to the games will see that he is one of the hardest workers for the team, a box-to-box midfielder. I look forward to seeing him paired with Barton in midfield this season as they will both work forwards and back, contributing goals as well.

  • Soren

    Jul 5, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Agree with Greg B and Fergie! Emre isn’t lazy? He runs his butt off when he’s on the pitch, and he has so much technique and flair for the game. He and Barton would be a terrific midfield filled with agression and passion, and hopefully Sam will work with them both to contain agression, and help them to become super midfielders, as they are very no nonsens players.

  • Ebol

    Jul 5, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Emre hasn’t done much since signing for us but surely he deserves a chance under Big Sam. He certainly at one stage had the potential to be a world-class midfielder and perhaps he hasn’t lost it.

  • jeff

    Jul 5, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Well said Greg B. The slate is wiped clean for all of Newcastles players.OK some never performed last season for what ever reason. That was last season under a different regime.Lets stop all the blaming and backbiting,and get behind the team.If us fans do that, it will make a difference to the way the team performs.

  • cooldj

    Jul 5, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #10

    you guys who say emre isn’t lazy-i take it you don’t go to away games. every one i went to i left thinking emre had been dominated in the midfield. at home, when he gets on the ball hes good, but he is slow, weak and happy enough to collect his paycheck. he doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve like newcastle players should, like parker and butt did and like barton will. Emre out a more all round, quicker, preferably english midfielder – box to box- or defensive is required, just like nolan. come on big sam use the funds and clear the dead wood.

  • Graham

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Greg B, sorel etc. spot on. why do we seem to criticise and force the most naturally gifted players away from our club? With all due respect all grit and no talent never won anything – you have to have both and, when fully fit Emre is at the top of the tree in both.

  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Emre apparently hasn’t been at the top of his game during his time at the club. I always felt that he could never sort out with Parker who was doing what, when on the pitch together. For that alone I’d be willing to give him another chance, however he needs to deliver this season. If playing both him and Barton in Central midfield, who should bomb on and support he front line and who should hold back? Food for thought…

    If we do keep him this year and he gets a regular start, I would definately relieve him of free kick duties and pass those over to Geremi

  • Nicci

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I like Emre, i wouldn’t say he was lazy and Sam wouldn’t let him anyway. he’d be out. Emre is good at taking on players in midfield and getting the ball nto the box. I expect good things from him this season.

  • Robert-from Croatia

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Emre is a creative midlefielder who can help us so much.He didn’t have much chance to play for Newcastle because of his injuries,but he is very grateful player,he can score nice goals like one against Reading when he run from centre of the field and still had power to score such a nice goal.Thumb up for Emre

  • Andy T

    Jul 5, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #15

    I honestly don’t think it is fair to judge most of the squad on last season. Ill directed, ill managed and just plain ill, I think we must be pretty close to having had 38 different line ups last year, so the team cohesion was rubbish. I dont think either Souness or Roeder ever got them to play as a team (the one exception possibly being the Chelsea match last season, but I don’t know how much of that can be attributed to the manager.

  • Elliott

    Jul 5, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks good but never any end product. Not bothered if he leaves or stays really.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 5, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree with everybody sticking up for little emre so many players from abroad have a bad start in their first premiership season but we have seen emre play in serie A, the turkish league and at international level even against england and he is an outstanding talent and all sam needs to do is bring that talent out which i am 100% sure he will do and everybody will then see the real emre and we will be grateful he has chosen to stick it out a newcastle, Luque on the other hand i had so much faith when he first joined that he would become a great player for us but i think even big sam cant save him now, i so hope i am wrong !!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 5, 2007 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #18

    and also emre is one of the few players who is loyal and has stood up and sed ‘I want to play for newcastle’ which is what we seriously need.

  • Dimitri

    Jul 5, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Emre is indeed one of the most technically gifted players we have… every time I have seen him he gives it his all for 90 minutes (unless he is injured). His loyalty is also unquestionable… for those who call for nolan to come in instead of emre i say you just can’t let go of the old english mentality can you??? box to box… end to end… it never got us anywhere… i am newcastle fan through and through and am so chuft we have the only billionnaire owner that is actually british, but we need to play continental football… Look at the success of Manu, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool over the years… has that come from box to box stuff… i think it has come from skillful play… a new style… not the long ball tactics… I hope Sam can bring this… we definitely need more players like Emre than can bring this kind of game to the field come saturday game time.

  • Watson

    Jul 6, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Fair comment, but don’t you think every team would like to play continental football? Out of choice of course I would like to play attractive, attacking, free flowing football, but if Sam chooses another way for us to play and its not so attractive but wins us trophies, I know which I’d go for any day.


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