Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce today dismissed Emre’s comments about wanting to leave Newcastle for Galatasaray in January.
Emre has a contract at Newcastle so why he thinks it’s OK to announce when he wants to leave and where he wants to go to, is a bit of a mystery to us.
Emre signed a 5 year deal with Newcastle in July, 2005, so there is still almost 3 years to run.
Emre – still 3 years to run on his contract at Newcastle
There’s no doubt Emre can be a class player but one problem we have is that he’s always injured. When you add up the number of performance he has made for Newcastle over the two seasons he has been here, the productivity is not good. He has appeared 63 timed for Newcastle with 56 starts. Newcastle have played close to 108 first class games during that period.
Galatasaray, have confirmed their interest in taking Emre back to Turkey but Big Sam is unconcerned about the renewed speculation about Emre’s future. Emre said yesterday: “I want to go back to Galatasaray, and they want me.”
Sam said this morning:
“It’s not an issue at the moment.â€“There’s no chance of him going back to Turkey because the transfer window is shut, so he can’t go anywhere.”
The Turkish international central midfielder has not figured yet in Sam’s plans but there again he hasn’t been available due to injury. But with new signing Joey Barton on the way back from injury Emre may find his first team appearances limited this season. Joey is due to return to training the week of September 24th so his return is not too far away.
One deficiency of the Newcastle team this season has been the lack of creativity in central midfield and we’re sure Sam sees Barton providing that. But while Joey is out it has to be a chance for Emre to shine. It’s disappointing to us that he isn’t taking his chance â€“ but rather talks about wanting to leave the club so early in the season.
One thing is for sure, Newcastle shouldn’t let Emre go on the cheap and we need to recover the Â£3.8M Graeme Souness paid Inter Milan for him a short two years ago. If Galatasaray can’t afford to pay that â€“ tough luck.