Sam – Emre Pushing For First Team Place

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 he’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!

Let’s see what Sam told Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette today.

“We need to get him fit, and get him stronger and quicker.”

“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.”

“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.

Allardyce continued:

“Emre’s knuckled down exceptionally well over the last two or three weeks.”

“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 Tottenham  😀

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Nathan

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    I really like Emre, I think he is exactly what we need in the centre of the midfield, he is the most creative midfielder we have, his passing is excellent, his work rate is high, his passion is up there with the best of them, he is far better than out current ‘creative’ player Geremi (who really hasn’t impressed me) he can take spot kicks well ( as seen on Sunday) and of course he can shoot! Him and Barton in the centre is a prospect I look forward to greatly

  • Dirk

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    ive always rated emre highly and under sam he can show how good he really is.
    that has to be our first team, get rid of geremi in the first team he is useless and i was gutted when sam brought him in, as soon as we get all our players off injury id rather sum else take the captains armband.

  • w2

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    emre barton

    i can’t wait for this midfield formation.

    That’s true what BS said, look at ronaldinho without his fitness he’s frustrating to watch.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #4

    its a really tough decision to make 4 sa but wen duff is back i would probably prefer an on form duff than an on form n’zog

  • Rich

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Cockney Magpie – I cant wait to see Duff back either but he can play on either flank, id try him out on the right n keep N Zog on the left? a rate them both ahead of milner. I love emre tho av been saying this for the last month the guy oozes class, if sam gets him fitter than ever before he can be our playmaker and we would only need a back up i think hes that good. u dont get comparisons with maradona if you dont have something special

  • ToonKing

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    i would stick Duff on the right and Zog on the left, Duffy always switched wings at Chelski so he can do a the job on the right, ’cause frankly Milner is nor impressing me lately.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 12, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    MARADONA – hadaway n’sh1te man, Rich!

  • PK-Norway

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    First of all i agree with Dirk,but i rather play Duff on right.Hust wait and see,now we have good defence,when Emre,Baron,Owen,Duff is on-form and fit..then we will bereally hard to beat.I cant WAIT!

  • PK-Norway

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    sorry for the spelling mistakes:P

  • Andy C

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    For me Emre has a lot to prove as hes shown us very little so far. Im really pleased he seems to be up for it and wants to prove himself with us.

    I think we’ll need to look to ship out one or maybe two central midfielders in january as Sam cant possibly keep them all happy and id prefer just two at a time to be playin.

    That said Zog and Milner, after performing very well so far this season didnt do well when we played them both against Everton. If they up their games again Duff cant walk straight back in cos quite frankly he has been absolutly useless since we signed him.

  • Andy C

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Zog, Barton, Emre, Milner would be my midfield but with the competition there is no one is guaranteed a place, which is exactly the way it should be!

  • Rich

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon Chicken – Haha a didnt mean he was as good as maradona, just people have said that in the past and have made comparisons. wish he was tho man!

  • Bill F

    Oct 12, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #13

    PK- Norway, wouldnt,t worry not many of uss can evor. I met some Norwegians in Albir, Spain recently, they were a great laugh. One of them had a Faroese wife, really nice people. As for Duff we ought to wait to see how he performs before we start comparing him to Milner every player has a bad patch.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #14

    good call duff on the right would be perfect with nzog on the left and barton and emre in the middle or maybe we should even try Milner, Barton, Nzog, Duff?

  • Dragoner

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #15

    how can we play barton emre zog and milner?? wheres the height or defensive capabilities in midfield??? people on here get carried away and dont think logically, we need a defensive midfield, Joey Barton is more a box to box player than a defensive midfielder.

    If we played a midfield like that the opposite team would just put their big strong midfielders on and our creativity would equal nothing as their players would use their strength and height to bully us around in the centre of the park

  • Dragoner

    Oct 12, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    i dont think we will see Barton or Emre on the pitch at the same time much

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Dragoner – I was thinking much the same thing. My midfield would go something along the lines of…

    N’Zogbia, Barton, Faye, Milner.

    And hopefully Emre and Duff will be pushing hard to replace Barton and Milner respectively.

  • Dragoner

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    that is a more logical midfield Toon King

    so itwould be either

    n’zogbia barton faye milner
    n’zogbia emre faye duff
    duff emre geremi milner etc…

  • Dragoner

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Dirk

    Geremi is a good player but we just haven’t been able to see him play his natural role yet, an out and out defensive midfielder. This is because Butt keeps playin so Geremi acts as a sort of box to box player who pushes forward and tries to create, this is not how he is used to playing and i feel he has done fairly well in that role considering. in order to see the true geremi we need to get rid of butt, he is old and should only be back up now

  • leo

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #20

    i think its got to be that there is competition and that no 1 is guarenteed a place, also for a team playing us not to be able to guess the team before the match would be great, i agree with dragoner about the different partnerships. there is more to be put on though, such as geremi in the middle or butt, geremi could be on the right and duff on the left and right, lol. we do need one more creative midfielder and maybe a right winger.

    we certainly need a back up left back and right back

  • leo

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #21

    wheres my post gone??? haha

  • Dragoner

    Oct 12, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    lets also remember that Geremi was not playing at chelsea and will probably not be at his best for a little while yet

  • Andy C

    Oct 12, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #23

    i wouldnt be shoutin for Faye in midfield considering the wealth of talent weve got there, we havnt even seen him in midfield yet and he didnt do much at Bolton to warrant it. Surely a box to box player contributes defensively. Two box to box midfielders could take turns at stayin back and two as combative as Emre and Barton could surely rovide the defensive cover we need. Considering the performance of Geremi and Butt so far id say drop them both and try something new.


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