Emre Deserves Massive Credit

Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce praised Emre last night, after the Turkish international midfielder came off the bench to turn the game against Everton in Newcastle’s favor.

It was a tremendous performance from Emre, and just a wonderful strike for the all important second goal.

He came on with Michael Owen after 74 minutes to win the game for the Tynesiders, and while we know Michael will get lots of headlines, let’s ensure Emre gets his just desserts.


Emre, great match winning substitute performance from the Newcastle midfielder

Emre has recently stated that he has no intention of leaving Newcastle and he still has 3 years left on his 5 year contract. He played well for the reserves at Everton last Tuesday night scoring a great goal from a free kick and he produced the goods again, when called on yesterday.

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce explained:

“Emre suffered an injury on international duty and he has struggled ever since.” “He came back and played against Barnsley in the Carling Cup but he had to come off in that one as well.”

“But in the last couple of weeks he has started to show what he is capable of and the skills he can produce for us.”

Newcastle’s victory was a welcome return to winning ways after two successive defeats away from home to Manchester City and Arsenal. Their home form has been good with 4 wins and a draw in the 5 home games so far this season. Sam sees the next game at St. James’ against Tottenham Hotspur, as being a crucial game as he went on:

“It’s a huge game because Spurs are just turning the corner after that 4-4 draw against Aston Villa,” “This was a fantastic result for us and apart from 15 minutes after they scored it was a terrific performance.”

“Our form grows and grows.” “We are improving with each game and we scored three terrific goals. I felt it was a well-deserved three points.”

Everton manager David Moyes backed his players after the game, and to be fair to Everton, they had just had a grueling trip to the Ukraine to get through their first round UEFA Cup tie. They hardly turned up in the first half but came roaring back after the interval to make a real game of it. But Moyes thinks defensive errors were finally his team’s undoing.

Moyes said:

“Our performance in the second half meant we deserved something from the game. But the first two goals were poor and the third was a terrible one to give away.”

We think a Newcastle win was just about right, but this team doesn’t believe in doing things the easy way, do they.

Comments very welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Ringo C

    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    I watched the game last nite…That’s what we need the creative midfielder.


  • adam mourad

    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    i’ve been waiting for this match all season. the one where emre would finally get a chance to remind people that, even with a healthy and acquitted joey barton, he is still our most creative midfield force without an intricate design shaved into the side of his head. he might be a tad injury-prone, but his experience against world-class opposition rivals anyone’s in the squad, and his left foot can end a match quicker than a whistle. given sam’s intention to pick players not named michael owen based on form and not reputation, surely this means the end to the ill-fated geremi-butt combo in the center of the pitch. sam spent all summer bolstering our defense; continuing to start two defensive-minded midfielders who haven’t performed consistently all season doesn’t show a terrible amount of confidence in his signings. a little more ruthlessness in attack should help. welcome back emre.

  • valle

    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Emre looks good, but so does Arteta and his comments after the game looks really interesting

    “I was interested in Newcastle. They are an historic club in England and their objective is always to be high up in the table.

    “The atmosphere in their stadium is amazing and puts a lot of pressure on visiting teams. In that way, Newcastle is a very special place – it’s never easy to win there.”

    its about how he had the chance to join us instead of rangers, but the great Bobby Robson went for viana instead.

  • Bryan

    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Emre`s cameo when coming on just proves the point about the lack of creativity in our midfeild. He was looking for the ball all the time, passing moving looking for the return. It was great to see. If he continues to stay free from injury he must be a starter along side Barton. I dont go along with this idea of you must have a defensive player in the centre of midfeild. So play both Emre & Barton together. Both can track back if needed.
    I know Milner has had a good season so far, but is this not judged on the fact that we have had very few attack minded players in midfeild, so he stands out a bit more, although in my opinion he is just a good average PL player. We want great international class players at our club to take it to the next step. He has an annoying habit of beating his man then turning back to try and beat him again. It all just slows down our attacks. He needs to watch a player like Wright-Phillips, who attacks players at speed and then delivers the ball into the area very quickly
    Come January I hope all are new signings are class creative players, including Wright-Phillips.
    Great 3 points though

  • Jerry

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Allardyce got a reminder yesterday that you dont have to be a “hard man” and a “giant” to be good at football. Even midgets can be excellent at it.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    valle – maybe he wants to come to Newcastle – certainly very positive comments and he would be great at Newcastle.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Jerry – excellent point !

  • ugandanmagpie

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    creativity is all we ever needed in our midfield.if we are to ever win games and be competitive then we have to get emre and joey out there in the field to supply the balls to the strikers and with those 2 guys in the team or one of them then trust me we are going to climb that table.the truth is emre wanted to leave no doubt about that but when he saw the magpies strugling in the midfield he saw he chance and is going to take it since we only have 2 creative midfielders who havent been palying thats joey and emre.i wish the team the best.bring on spurs.i didnt watch the game we in africa its kind of hard to watch the game coz of other games being broadcast too.
    magpie 4 ever

  • Bill F

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Sam did exactly what I said he would , bring on Owen and Emre later in the game. He now has to show more faith in Emre and put him in the starting lineup, I think Michael starting is a done deal especially as Oba tends to still be bit inconsistent (unfortunately). Bit early to be talking about the Jan sales but I would like another striker.

  • gordon

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    If you look at the strength of the bench its amazing that big sam has done this all on 9M.

  • ugandan magpie

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    we dont need no new striker
    wat we have now is enough.i believe if ameobi gets time he will be brilliant thats for sure.martins,viduka,owen,ameobi then we also have carol who is promising.we dont need no more strikers.all we have to do is strengthen where we are short and not fill up places

  • Arthur Prince

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree Emre and Joey Barton will be an interesting midfield . I think James Milner needs a rest and Oba still misses too many chances although he is quick . Would he be better on the right attacking midfield instead of Milner ?? Just a thought . Michael Owen justs keep scoring so it isnt surprising that BSA will play him as long as Michael stays fit . He is a better striker than Oba

  • ToonKing

    Oct 8, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    I just can’t get enough of watching that Emre goal, jesus what a belter and what a felling it gave me yesterday. Love the guy.

    Can’t wait for Emre and Joey to start together.

    Maybe Emre does a Fabregas now and scores in every game. Wouldn’t that be cool ?? 🙂

  • valle

    Oct 8, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    I really doubt that Emre and Joye will start together guys, and im not to sure about how wise it would be… Its kinda like going from one oposite to another, i feel that it will be a straight fight between Emre and Barton for one place and Geremi/Butt/Faye for the other unless we play 4-3-3

  • Jerry

    Oct 8, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton is not a creative midfielder. If a midfielder is able to score a few goals and can attack doesnt necessarily make them creative. Emre on the other hand is a creative midfielder.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 8, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah i’m with Jerry, Barton is a box to box player he’s somewhere between Butt and Emre, imo he could cover Emre’s arse if they are paired 🙂 .

  • yemozone

    Oct 8, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Emre and barton will be excellent together in midfield.But to be sincere we played woefully B/4 the introduction of emre and owen.And i believe we shld start playin the ball on the ground,the longball tactics is not just working.

    Another captain have to be selected maybe given or harper,because geremi is not just living up to expectations.

    Foe martins he had to improve on his finishing,especially when is one on one with the keeper.And can someone tell me what is wrong with given?

    Butt has to work on his passes too because if we play against a team like arsenal and he give away too many possessions the team will be punished.

  • Bill F

    Oct 8, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Ugandan Magpie, If Shola did get to where we all think he should be then I would agree with you. Carroll is still an unknown quantity, Viduka is injured again. I would further qualify my comments by saying if the midfield are chucking in the odd goal as on Saturday then it is not so necessary. I still think a quality striker would be an assett however. I am also hoping that Barton is going to stop my wishing for Van Bommell or Schweinsteiger as I believe he will fill that role nicely.

  • michael

    Oct 8, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #19

    What was lacking until the introduction of Owen and Emre was a bit of class. It’s been that way so far this season with plenty of toil and little reward. Players like Barton and Duff should add that to the squad, but signings in Janurary have to be of a suitable standard in order to let Sam go on and challenge for honours. Guys like Quaresma, Van Der Vaart who are playing in the champions league (and to be fair will probably be out by Jan!) need to be targeted.

  • Rob kirton

    Oct 8, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Credit due to Emre for his good 15 minutes yesterday. He has other similarly great patches of play in his 3 seasons with us. He’s also spent one hell of a lot of time falling down and sitting on his backside for large periods of games too. I’d like to see him given another chance under Sam to prove his worth. Maybe he will click this time. If not I’d have no compunction in putting him in the January sales.

    At the moment he is a better option than having both Butt and Geremi in centre midfield, however that doesn’t necessarily mean he is right for the club going forward. I’d love to see the club have a 10+ goals a season midfielder

  • Jerry

    Oct 8, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Rob Kirton

    Name the 10 goal a season midfielder you would like to see at Newcastle.

  • yemozone

    Oct 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #22

    van der vaart

  • Jerry

    Oct 8, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #23

    No doubt Van der Vaart is an excllent player but he’s always struck me as a wing man and not a central midfielder like Emre is. If I had my choice I would go for Riquelme.

  • nightfall

    Oct 8, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #24

    to be honest i’m not so sure about emre…he had a good game yesterday but…he’s short and slow…and that is a problem ‘cos such players need space to show their quality… emre is good, but not the type of player for EPL…

  • Jerry

    Oct 8, 2007 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Emre is short but he’s not slow. He is quick actually and tenacious and a fighter. Qualities people do not realise.

  • Rich

    Oct 8, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Riqueleme is too slow, too old for us, we need to be looking at younger players, mid 20’s would be perfect. Id be hapeier with an in form emre as opposed to riqueleme

  • leo

    Oct 8, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    emre=legend for that game saving goal…

  • Arthur Prince

    Oct 8, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Iagree with Rich . Riquelme is too slow for EPL and probably disinterested until the question of wages arise .

  • Alex

    Oct 8, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Jerry. Van Der Vaart is central midfield and your right he is an excellent player. Like almost all dutch players he has great touch and control and he is a good passer of the ball.Add to that he scores as many goals a season as Lampard i would love to see sam move for him in january but doubt that he would come.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 8, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #30

    isnt a creative midifelder*

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 8, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Riquelme is a lazy c*(&t i wouldnt pay nout for him. As for Van der Vaart, why do we need a left forward, he is a creative midfielder like people are saying he is a goal scoring attacking midifielder mainly on the wing, he cant pass to save his life.

  • Rob kirton

    Oct 8, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Jerry: Re goalscoring midfielder – Don’t know really.

    I just feel as though we need to take the onus away from forwards for scoring all of the goals. Our front line always gives me doubts in terms of

    Owen, Viduka – Fitness
    Martins – Form (as in hit and miss)
    Smith – Just doesn’t score that often
    Shola – Well just being Shola to be quite honest

    I’d love to see the type of player who can ghost in behind the forwards and pick up on loose balls. As much as I appreciate some of the things Emre gives us, I have doubts about him fulfilling that role week in – week out. I guess our 10+ goals a season midfielder could be

    a) One half of Frank Lampard
    b) Joey Barton at an absolute pinch
    c) N’Zogbia playing CM which he has been itching to do since he joined the club
    d) Get Peter Beardsley to put the boots back on….

    I guess the the scouts will need to unearth somebody :0)

  • elliott

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #33

    i’d like to point out to some of you that last season barton created more goalscoring opportunities than all of our central midfielders did collectively. this collection included emre. i’d say that makes him, along with his 6 goals, a very effective creative midfielder.

  • lee

    Oct 9, 2007 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Granted Martins has missed some sitters recently but he’s still our current joint top scorer. Maybe he’s suffering a crisis of confidence/feels Big Sam has no faith in him. Why must he and Owen be fighting for the same spot if Viduka is fit? Like someone already said . . size matters not.

    As for a creative midfielder. Emre is quality on his day, but has a problem with consistency. I would seriously consider giving ‘Zog’ a crack there if we had someone as good as him to play on the left, he’s certainly got flair, can pick a pass and i’m concinced he’d be good for AT LEAST ten goals a season from there. Hell, he’s scored three from left back !!

    d’Alessandro looked good when he had a stint at Pompey a few seasons back. Lightening quick, he can play centre midfield creator, left or right wing. He Would certainly show Milner how to beat his man and get the cross in rather than turn his run into a nutmeg contest. He’s also good for 10 goals a season and is a set piece maestro.

    How about —

    # Martins on the left?? I know, it’s controversial! but here me out. It’s such a waste to have him sat on the bench. Maybe third choice striker in Sams eyes but the fans love him, at least the ones i talk to do and he’d get the crowd ‘up’ with his rampages down the left – pace to burn – he would screw his opposite full back into the ground. He’s a quality crosser of the ball and no doubt score a few crackers too – I’m sure he’s played there a few times for Inter. Not particularly adept at tackling, but that’s why ‘the bull’ is behind him.

    # d’Alessandro on the right

    # Zog or Emre in the centre

    # that would leave one centre midfield birth free to fill with a class ‘babysitter’ – someone to cover the flair players’ butts. who would fill that role? I don’t think we have that player currently at the club, nor do i think we can attract truly world class players that would fill that role, yet. But there are players out there who aren’t household names, that could do a solid job and wouldn’t break the bank – Alberto Aquillani, David Mendes da Silva, Manuelle Blasi …

    That’ll be the cheque book out again then.

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 9, 2007 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #35

    I think Sam was looking at blunting Evertons attacks with a strong defensive midfield, tiring them further after their UEFA match and then bringing on the game changers when they had no energy to produce a real fight back. In this he succeeded 100% and its good to see a bit of tactics coming into play unlike the roeder era.

    I think Barton and Emre in the middle sound a great option for us. Emre and Zogbia could switch at will on the left as they can both produce a brilliant cross or shot at goal. Barton will bring us strength, end to end running and fingers crossed some pinpoint passing. Where does this leave Geremi though? Not too worried about making Butt a bench warmer but Geremi is a quality player and whether he gets some time at right back or plays behind the midfield in our away games we need to ensure we utilise him intelligently.


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