As we reported earlier today Emre, Faye and Enrique all had full games last night playing for the reserves at Manchester City last night . They will all be that much better for it. Joey Barton also had a good 45 minutes last night and seemed just raring to go in this morning’s interview.
Emre talked to Newcastle World TV today and made it clear he wants to be in the first team and is only too willing to fight for his place. Let’s see what Emre had to say â€“ he comes across very positively.
Emre – hair combed and ready to go
Emre told Newcastle World TV today:
â€œMy aim is to get in the first team.â€ â€œIt has been a difficult four months for me because we have had a lot of good new players here who have been transferred to the club.â€
â€œI will work very hard in training and respect everyone. Everyone wants to play but only 11 can get on the pitch at one time.â€ â€œI respect all of the players and the manager but I will do my best to win a place in the team.â€
Emre has been hit by injury during his 2 years at the club and has just 3 appearances for Newcastle and 2 for Turkey so far this season. But of course the last time he played for Turkey he was taken off injured to the great annoyance of Big Sam.
Emre was wrongly reported to be seeking a move to back to Turkey during the last international break and gestured towards the press box when he was brought out of the game. He got into a little bit of trouble for that, but we all know how football journalists manufacture stories – or tell lies is a more down to earth way of saying it.
It’s good that our players are loyal to the club and it seems like Emre likes it at Newcastle. We’d certainly like to see him have more games though. Newcastle have played around 116 games in the last 2 seasons while Emre has been at the club but Emre has appeared on only about half of them through injury. He is ready to play for Turkey in the next international break as Turkey face Moldova and Greece in qualifiers in the European Championships. Sam will be on tenterhooks again hoping the 15 or so Newcastle players who will be away will return uninjured.
â€œIn terms of match fitness I have played two games with Turkey and three games here at Newcastle.â€ â€œMaybe two or three more games and I will be perfect. Training is good but games are different in terms of fitness.â€
â€œI want to play, all players want to play.â€ â€œIn the last two years I played over 65 games and I want this year to be the same.â€ â€œI will try everything to be fit for Newcastle.â€
â€œI feel OK. Myself, Jose Enrique and Abdoulaye Faye have not played much in the last few weeks.â€ â€œFor us last night was a good game. I have two days off and then I will be ready for the Everton game.â€
That 65 game he’s appeared in is misleading because Newcastle had so many games in Europe over the last two season. But we do see that Emre just wants to play more. We’d like to see him get a decent outing against Everton, even if he doesn’t start, so we can see what he can add to the team in terms of creativity.
What do you think – comments very welcome.