Emre Winning Over Big Sam

Seems that Big Sam is starting to appreciate just how good a player Emre can be for Newcastle United this season.

Even after playing two games for Turkey during the international break, and being extremely disappointed that his country suffered a 1-0 home defeat to rivals Greece, Sam still decided to start Emre last night against Tottenham.

That shows just how much Sam is starting to understand the skills of the the little Turk, with a big heart and big talent to match.


Emre – really starting to show his talent for Newcastle – and seems so fit these days

Sam told the Evening Chronicle after the game:

“Emre has been getting better and better.” “We do worry about international games, but the two games for Turkey were a great thing for him and one of the reasons I selected him from the off against Spurs.”

“When he went on against Everton he looked really sharp and he made the biggest contribution in terms of us winning the game.”

“He came back disappointed with Turkey’s results, but I still thought I would put him straight into the team so he could give us from the start what he gave us against Everton.”

“He did tire a bit towards the end against Spurs, but that was to be expected because it is so long since he has had a Premier League start.”

“Now I hope’s Emre has got the bit between his teeth because he has got terrific passing ability – and if he produces the work-rate to go with it then he’s a terrific player.”

“The balls Emre put in for Michael Owen against Everton and then for Cacapa against Spurs were spot-on.” “Emre wasn’t on corners initially, but with Charles N’Zogbia coming off at half-time he took over.”

“And he remembered where we wanted him to hit, which was exactly just where we thought Spurs would leave gaps.”

As we have reported earlier today, we think Joey Barton and Emre together can provide the spark that has been missing in the Newcastle midfield. It may be rare the two of them play together, but they are both good creative players, and can do a big job for the club this season.

Emre has to be given credit after struggling back from injury, and then coming back into the team to show just how committed he is to the Newcastle United cause this season. We are so pleased to have him back.

Comments and opinions always welcome.

62 comments so far

  • Bill f

    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s a chemistry sort of thing, get the right combination of ingrediants and suddenly you start to get the right reactions. He’s always been a class player just had to get a good Alchemist i.e Big sam

  • Hammy

    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #2

    I would’ve questioned Emre’s commitment under Roeder, but such were Roeders motivational skills that could easily have applied to at least half of last years squad. In any job if you don’t respect/like your manager you are not going to put yourself on the line for them when the going gets tough.
    It is true that players get managers sacked……they don’t like the manager, play crap…..bye bye manager..
    Big Sam, obviously has the respect of his players, they want to play for him and more importantly they seem to like them, anybody see Big Sam giving Milner a big cuddle after the game last night?
    Big Sam is one shrewd guy, don’t be surprised to see Emre playing out of his skin this season, if BSA can produce a winning team playing in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies….who would want to move??? not Emre methinks.

  • Hammy

    Oct 23, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Anybody any ideas as to why soccer legend Graham Souness pulled out of the running for the Bolton job? (keep it clean)

  • Graeme

    Oct 23, 2007 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Hammy, its quite simple really – he ainrt good enough and he know2s it. I dont think he has the bottle for the premiership after his fiasco at NUFC showed what a useless manager he really was. I’m actually suprised Bolton would even want him!!!!

  • Bill f

    Oct 23, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Hammy You mean soccer leg end, I think you have rather limited any response with that proviso.

    Incidently re Berbatov it was interesting that he was refusing to go on the pitch last night. Was he hinting at something, (possibly wouldn’t have gone down to well with Sam though)

  • john

    Oct 23, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    i agree with the emre article think he can be a awesome player just needs to 1) be very ,very fit 2) gain some consitency. i think if any manager can do it it will be BS.Emre technical ability is unquestionable arguably the best we have almost on par with michaels.In regards to the amount of starts he will get lets wait and see with Barton back on the seen he may struggle to get in the linup because i dont think that sam will play them both together,he also has to play Joey beacuse he paid alot of money for him. What do you guys think? As long as we get results i dont care but who would you play Emre or Barton???

  • nightfall

    Oct 23, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    he’s NUFC fan…oh well…if i was a tottenham player i wouldn’t play against newcastle as well 🙂

  • Bill f

    Oct 23, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    John, Both, Emre the guile, Barton the steel.

  • toonfan1

    Oct 23, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #9

    did any1 see mike ashley again in his newcastle shirt!!! he was laughin and jokin when opposition players do summat wrong as all of us do but he looks like a fantastic owner and in chris mort we got another solid deputy chairman and also with big sam, we got one of the prems best managers so times are finally startin to look up for us!!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 23, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #10

    i love big sam so much!!! for me nufc v spurs is the biggest match of the season bcoz where i live all my family and friends are spurs fans and iv had to take so much crap from then since theyve been good but now im lovin it last night has made me so happy!! i dont have to keep pullin out my video of the 7-1 thrashing!! p.s Big Sams a pundit 4 the man utd match 2nyt on itv!

  • Hadrian

    Oct 23, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #11

    he had a good game in parts , but he was allowed todo his thing due to nicky butt running his ass off closing everyone down in the centre of the park .

  • Howie

    Oct 23, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #12

    butt was brilliant, never thought i would say that after his pathetic peformance in cardiff a few years back. im just wondering do u think sam will keep the same team or will he bring in either smith or milner. my guess is if anyone comes in it might be smith but i hope he keeps the same side

  • JoshI

    Oct 23, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #13

    lets get berbatov

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Milevskiy has alwaysd been a favourite of mine tonight against Man Utd he looked good, hes the new Viduka in a way

  • JoshI

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #15

    was he the 1 in the gold boots?

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #16


  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #17

    the one who outmuscled vidic without trying basically

  • JoshI

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #18

    lol i thought he was shit.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #19

    you dont get named in team of a tournament if your shit and you dont have bid rejected from bayern munich and lyon if your not a good important player.

  • JoshI

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #20

    well tonight he was kak, crap touch and nothing he did worked, apart from wen vidic fouled him, which dint actually work.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Tonight he wasnt to bad from the little opportunities he had, he isnt a prolific scorer hes a hold up player and tbh the quality around him was quite shocking

  • valle

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Emre does seem to play with heart, and we all know he can back it up with skill, so i expect him to be in our team next season even tho i dont expect him to be a starter… However i DONT like the following quote from Martins

    Martins said: “If Sam Allardyce is here for five years I’ll be here for five years.”

    Thats a load of bull!!!… I want players that play for Newcastle, the fans AND the manager… not the manager alone.

  • iain

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #23

    i think weve already seen a change in emre, he got clattered on his knee early on vs spurs and actually carried on whereas in previous seasons he would of just gone off injured even for a knock like that.

    although i expect him to be dropped when barton is 100 match fit. and god knows how he will react to that.

  • valle

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Toonfan1… Totally agree, MA looks like a mans man and a great owner. CM looks like an intelligent cool headed steerman and Big Sam is class, no doubt.

  • valle

    Oct 23, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Howie… I really dont agree with u that we should keep the same team against reading. I think smudge should be given the chance in attack till big duke gets back alongside Owen, and if Barton is rdy start him alongside Butt.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m with valle on this one, i think Martins will be dropped with Smithy coming in, the rest of the squad should stay the same.

  • valle

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey Toonking, nice to see u still keep in touch with the nufcblog with all the fun u have on the spurs one 😉

  • PK-Noreay

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Martins should be playing from start..hes a goalgetter and did better than Owen against tottenham..and i know if Martins got owens Chance he would have scored…Viduka and Martins i say..and Barton and Emre..together..The back 4 should be as against tottenham…

  • leo

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #29

    nah come on, martins has played his socks off, the only reason i would rest him is if he is tired.

    it may be hard to rest owen unless he is injured-because of who he is.

    i would like to see smith and martins together again because they played well along side eachother.

    viduka and ameobi are ok for the short term of the club, but dukes is getting old, and ameobi is not cutting it, so we need to be scouting some players to come in to add to the competition and strength up font…

    berbatov would be good, what about kersakov, seen him play a few times, i think he is good, strong and fast… would he leave seville for newcastle though?

    i also like anelka and kevin davis, davis would be better than shola

  • OzToon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #30

    While I am very happy with our home form, I’ not convinced Sam will play the right players. I mean, why would you start with Geremi on the right wing when you are playing 442? He should have started with Milner not Geremi and got some actual width and pace, ie Zoggy left and Milner right.

    Anyway, it will take all his man management skills to keep Emre, Butt, Smith, Geremi, Barton, Zogy and Milner happy. In my opinion, Milners and Zoggy are our best wide men in a 442 formation, which leaves Emre, Barton, Butt , Geremi and Smith fighting for 2 positions. That will take some management.

    My fear is he will drop Milner and Zoggy our best performers because they are young so as to let the older players play. Will be watching with interest.
    Cheers OzToon

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Yes cos he dont play.

  • valle

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Leo… I appreciate when a player plays his socks of, but Martin first touch is an absolute disgrace, I cant count how many times he throw the balls away needlesly… I wouldnt play Owen because of his name, but because he is pure class. He can finish better than anyone we have and the way he brings in the wings are just genius (He is also English, which hold some importance imo)

  • azza jones

    Oct 24, 2007 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Martins is the future I agree Owen is a good finisher but he has lost his pace which I think was hes biggest asset. In the game against Tottenham, Kabboul shrugged him off the ball quite a few times. If he is the little finisher he needs more pace. The team a more deadly with Martins.

    My startin strikers would be Viduka & Martins, but because Owen is english he always gets preference. Nice to have them both though.

    Would Owen have Finished Martins goal on monday night?
    No he wouldnt have had the pace to get past dawson!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #34

    Or strength, sick of this english predujice, thinking foreign imports are the downfall of your national team, face it you got some good players but they are absolutely wank together. Forca Portugal and the toon 🙂

  • geordie_jordan

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #35

    emre has been fantastic this year. i hope he gets a run with the starting XI. he adds that little bit of flair i feel we are lacking. barton can add it too, but imo he is a box-to-box type player whereas emre is a creator.

  • Keep Oba

    Oct 24, 2007 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Valle….That quote sounds good to me from Martins. It means he is happy with Big Sam. Thats important. Also he didn’t say he wouldnt be here if Sam wasnt, just that he would if Sam is…

    And on the question of dropping Martins for Smith next week thats alot of crap. How many goals does Smith have for us? ZERO. Martins has 5 this year and 17 last year. I would go with him every time. Not only that but Smith has ZERO assists to Martins 2. I understand hes English and all, but I go with the power and speed of Martins rather than the birthplace of Smith.

    I think Oba and Owen was good together. It can cause havoc with defenses as it creates problems on who you concentrate on. If you hold down Martins, Owen can sneak a goal in with his skill, but if you bottle up Owen, Oba can explode right past a passive defense. Plus we scored 3 goals with them up front. Granted only one by them, but having them up front frees up the midfielders alot. Plus it was their first game together, lets see how they can bond.

  • Keep Oba

    Oct 24, 2007 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Plus Valle…dont forget…who might have been the most committed to the club outside of the keepers? Nobby…and he requested a transfer (for supposed family reasons, but still). Anyone can come and go at anytime..but for someone to be truly happy with the coach is very important…just look at Chelsea and how committed their players are….were they playing for Chelsea or Jose?

  • Rich

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Different topic here but i watched Barca v Rangers last night and im noit convincen dudjohnsen would be a great buy for us, hes a good player no question but dont think hed bring anything different to our team, id rather see a quality right winger come in in january. I also think Barton and emre can be paired together, its worth giving them a chance when they are both fully fit. Id start with a midfield of Milner Emre Butt N Zog v Reading!

  • Rich

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Shocking spelling there meant convinced Gudjohnsen.

  • JoshI

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #40

    BERBATOV…. he would be better than Gudjohnson… just more expensive 🙁


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