If Only Babayaro and Emre Could Stay Fit

Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle reports today that Celestine Babayaro suffered yet another injury setback ahead of the season’s opener at Bolton on August 11th.

Sam Allardyce admitted today he is unlikely to be ready for the season opener. It seems to us such a pity that Babayaro is always injured – especially when he could have done himself a lot of good with the new Boss who has been searching all over for an established left-back.


Babayaro and Emre – injury prone but why?

Looks like Sam is also unlikely to get Turkish midfielder Emre back in time for the season start with the player still out with an ankle problem. Emre too has missed far too many games in the two seasons he has been at the club.

For the record in the last two season we have played almost exactly 100 first class games. Babayaro has just over half of these with 55 appearances. Emre has played in 63 of these games with 5 goals. So between the two of them they have appeared on average in 60% of our games. Compare this with James Milner last year who appeared in 53 of Newcastle’s 56 games. A player’s contribution has to be measured by the number of games he plays for the team and an injury prone player isn’t as valuable as one who says plays every game. Very pedantic but very true.

Babayaro of course may have left the club already if he hadn’t been injured, but now with the left back position so weak there’s probably no way that Sam can sell Babayaro – unless he can sign two competent left backs before the end of August which is unlikely or perhaps though a part exchange.

Sam was asked if he thought Emre and Babayaro would be ready for the first game of the season – this is what Sam told the Evening Chronicle:

“No. I think they might be fit, but I wouldn’t think they’ll be physically and mentally ready for the start of the Premiership.”

“Hopefully, they’re free from their injuries and then we can introduce them slowly from then on.”

“Babayaro’s back and starting rehabilitation.” “He’s working with the physiotherapists after seven or so days in Germany.”

“Hopefully we’ll see some quick improvement in their fitness.”

We really like hearing that from Sam because he wants to understand the reasons behind the injuries. That’s one reason we think his injury record is so good and another reason why we still think our injury record will be vastly improved this season – even though we’ve made rather an auspicious start.

Sam went on:

“Baba trains well, but all of a sudden he gets another little tweak.”

“It might be something in his make-up as to how the muscle reacts to fatigue. If we can cure that, we might cure his problems.”

“I don’t think he’s ever had someone look at it like that before.”

Newcastle right now lead the infamous Premier League table for injuries on the website physioroom.com, with nine players on the board, headed by Babayaro, who has no return date. We should keep a check on how we are doing on this web site. We have to aim to be bottom of this league if we are going to get anywhere near the top of the Premiership league.

Sam continued:

“We’ve had problems this pre-season where he’s never been able to maintain more than three or four days training on the trot.”

“If not a groin, it’s a hamstring then a thigh and a calf.”

If Sam can get Babayaro fit and in the right mind set, he can become a much better player than he has shown in the last two and a half years at the club. While he’s never going to be a star left-back he can still do a job for the club over the next couple of years. That’s one frustrating thing about his current injury – just like Sam has got players like N’Zogbia, Ramage and others playing well, we think he could do the same thing with Celestine. Since Babayaro still has two years left on his contract he may still be able to be a solid member of our squad – if only he can stay fit.

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22 comments so far

  • t-g-w

    Jul 31, 2007 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Bit harsh grouping the N’Zogbias of this world the the Ramages… Charlie played well under Souness who was a terrible man manager – he has always had potential whereas Ramage is only really coming good at the moment and has been rated for a long time as a Chamionship player.

    Hopefully Sam’s methods will decrease the amount of injuries but I’m sure they will take time to kick in.

  • gordon

    Jul 31, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Babayaros garbage and emre gives the ball away in stupid positions get rid of them both.

  • e

    Jul 31, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #3

    not emre, he plays his heart out

  • chris

    Jul 31, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #4

    ive nevr seen a player as strongon the ball as emre. i donteven think martins is as strong

  • gordon

    Jul 31, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #5

    strong on the ball are you having a laugh,seen him many times give the ball away in ridiculous positions and dosent do enough with it.

  • Graham

    Jul 31, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #6

    e / Chris – have you both been smoking illegal substances together this afternoon? Playing your heart out is one thing – staying on your feet and playing your heart out is another. Rumour has it that Emre has to put his shorts in a hot wash on their own just to get the grass stains out of them! Emre is strong, but as soon as he is losing the battle he’s on his backside

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 31, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #7

    faye 1.5m, diop 3m and baines 6m are the signings we need to make. 10.5m for three prem experienced players. also this guy looks good http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=479627&CPID=8&clid=4&lid=&title=Prem+duo+battle+for+Drag
    would cover centre back and left back

  • Zebra

    Jul 31, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #8

    I might be wrong but i thought bab only had 1 year on his contract ? I reckon sam could do well with him like he has with carr and luque. We have needed a left back for 3 years. Why has this not been addressed ?

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 31, 2007 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #9


    one or two signings round the corner. ONE for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Graham

    Jul 31, 2007 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Thanks Liam – almost a sigh of relief! Now why didnt Roeder, Souness (need i go on) just say “were close to signing someone” instead of giving everything but the blokes inside leg measurement? a welcome breath of fresh air

  • Edd Case

    Jul 31, 2007 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #11

    “We haven’t quite finished one off yet and I’m very confident that in the near future we’ll be picking up one or two players,”


  • ToonKing

    Jul 31, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Finally. Wonder who it is ?? Faye and a mistery LB maybe ??? 🙂

    Anyone back from Shearers Bar yet ??

  • Zebra

    Jul 31, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #13

    It will be smith. Still no defenders.

  • nightfall

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #14

    emre for appiah… and everybody’s happy…

  • Bob

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Baba is not a player that is missed greatly as he is slow and totally incapable. Wheras Emre is a class act, where he lacks in ability (which he has plenty of as he has great techinical skill) he makes up in commitment and hard work. He is one of my favourite players to watch playing as hes all action and he is strong on the ball for someone his size. Any doubters of emre should watch the chelsea game at the end of last season.

    O and he always comes up with the odd stunner, eg sunderland and Reading.

  • michael

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Ten lies by Alan Oliver
    Seriously Ed make this a blog topic please!

    10. Newcastle must sell Oba Martins to but defenders. – Embarassingly this was denied by BSA by the time Oliver got his drivel into print.

    9. Owen or Martins to go to Arsenal – Both had clauses, and extortionate wage packages. Needless to say that despite days and days of AO insisting OM was on his way Wenger didn’t even think to mention this link…. ever!

    8. El Hadji-Diouf for Toon – Never going to happen really.

    7. Sol Searching – AO exclusively reveals in Jan 2007 that Sol Campbell can’t wait to sign up to Glen Roeder’s magpies in the Summer. Eh….. No I didn’t see him sign either?

    6. Roeder unfazed by job debate – In May 2007 AO gives “the ordinary one” the vote of confidence. According to AO those meetings were about securing his transfer targets nice and early. (This despite BSA being 3-1 on at the bookies to replace him.)

    5. Roeder relishing Birmingham FA cup game – In an article were Alan Oliver proclaims (and I jest not!) Glenn Roeder to be “the hardest working newcastle manager in recent history” our hero journo talks of our impending victory. We lost 5-1 to a team a division below us!

    4. Parker happy in Newcastle – Jan 2007 AO has a quiet “chat” with Scot Parker. Apparently all his family have moved up to Newcastle. So he didn’t move down to London for family reasons then?

    3. 7mill bid? – Our mysterious seven million pound bid which never ever made into any tabloid was followed quickly by….

    2. Skint? – Mike Ashley the Billionaire recluse who is known to have at least 1 billion quid of his personal fortune tied up in cold hard cash, is only going to allow Sam Allardyce (NUFC’s best manager in years, and a man he has publically supported and pledged cash to through his “face” chairman Chris Mort) a paltry 10million pounds to buy players and includes wages in that amount.

    1. That he is a reliable journalist – Possibly AO’s most heinous lie. Pity the editor who actually pays the merchant of falsehoods.

  • michael

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #17

    I should point out that while I have nothing personal against Alan Oliver (behave kash) he is solely responsible for all of the negative rumours of players leavin our beloved toon. The disugusting attacks on Kieron Dyer are the result of his scaremongering. I for one hope that Dyer stays, he can go places under Sam. For God’s sake this is a man who has Alex Ferguson taking us seriously again!
    Some players to join this week and things will look rosey! Lets not hold our breath though.

  • michael

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh aye, and just to highlight how strong our squad actually is so as to prove the futility of the current panic here is the 1st XI when they’re all fit.

    Given, Geremi, Babayaro, Taylor, Rozenhal, Duff, Milner, Barton, Dyer, Owen, Martins.

    Players not there: Butt, Emre, Ameobi, Luque, Viduka, Solano, N’Zogbia, Carr. And they are just the good ones!!
    It would be nice to have a couple more defenders but that is a team that can challenge the top four home or away. So we might not be at full strength at Bolton, we should still win!

  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #19

    i dont rate either of them, i think Emre is ok as a backup player but i dont think he should be in our top 11, and as for babs we need to just send him to the reserves, even if we sort out his injury hes still useless in my eyes.

  • Hammy

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Babayaro is a total waste of space…….he’ll never be fit while bars and clubs exist on the Quayside, interesting BSA mentioned the word rehabilitation……..him and Dyer were mortal down the Quay just hours before the Juve game, they must have a water bowser at training so they can get rehydrated. I’d like to see NUFC adopt a zero tolerance booze policy, it seems to work fine at Arsenal.
    Anyway I’d terminate his 60K contract, he’s an embarrassment.

  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Emre is a quality player has great vision, skill and wants to be part of the toon give him a chance this season he wont let us down

  • apan

    Aug 1, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    emre for me is a good player but i think he still not adapted yet to the english style fully plus the tactical strategy of our previous 2 managers are rubbish, newcastle played with no direction at all but now at least i can see some nice 1 2 touch, some nice counter and some sexy football coming right back the way i wanted and pleasing to the eyes plus we got great results right? im sure he be a better player after this plus his been playin with his injuries the whole season man give emre a break, his superb at inter, he will be good a here

    but for babayaro, his time is up, his trademark tackle (where he would fall and slide in) is obviously the most hillarious and useless ive ever seen i think the whole EPL team knows that thats why wingers or strikers will attack on his side and wait for him to do the scissors slide tackle and walaa he felt people rush through goals and scored! i rather play edgar than him


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