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 â€“ 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 â€“ to be their manager. Sam probably uses the F word a touch too much for the FA â€“ and certainly speaks the unbridled truth far too much for those guys â€“ 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 â€“ which Michael injured playing against Newcastle.
A fit Emre â€“ although probably not an automatic starter under Sam â€“ will still have a job to perform at Newcastle next season â€“ and you cannot criticize his temperament or commitment to the club since he’s been here â€“ 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.