Sam Allardyce has been talking to the Shields Gazette about his new found star Emre, who won a tight game for us on Sunday against a solid Everton side. His 86th minute strike was a joy to watch.
Sam, as usual with his players, is talking about getting Emre fitter than heâ€™s ever been before.
Once that happens, Sam believes Emre will be better able to show off the undoubted skills he possesses – and will push for a starting position.
Emre – if Sam can get him super fit – watch out!
Letâ€™s see what Sam told Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette today.
“We need to get him fit, and get him stronger and quicker.â€
“We need to get his aerobic capacity to a higher level than ever before, and that will allow this guy to produce the skill that he’s got.â€
“The more stamina he has, the more skill he shows. He’ll get on the ball more and more to show the skills that he’s got.”
During the last international break reporters back home in Turkey linked Emre with a move back to Galatasaray, and evn quoted Emre as saying that’s what he wanted to do. But it turns out that was a made up story (how strange) and Emre has since pledged himself to the Magpies. In fact we think that Emre really likes it at Newcastle and is certainly a crowd favorite – especially if he wins games for us like he did on Sunday.
We believe Emre could well be a big player for Newcastle this season, but he has to be given his chance and once Barton returns we’ll just have to wait and see what central midfield combinations Sam will use.
“Emre’s knuckled down exceptionally well over the last two or three weeks.â€
“He had a really good game for the reserves, and came off the bench (against Everton) and made a huge contribution, so that’s him now pushing for a first-team place.”
Emre is likely to feature in both games for Turkey this international break with Turkey away to Moldova on Saturday, and then at home to Greece on Wednesday. Let’s hope Emre returns back to Newcastle fully fit so he can feature in our vital home game with TottenhamÂ 😀