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:
â€œEmre has been getting better and better.â€ â€œWe 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.â€
â€œWhen he went on against Everton he looked really sharp and he made the biggest contribution in terms of us winning the game.â€
â€œHe came back disappointed with Turkeyâ€™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.â€
â€œHe 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.â€
â€œNow I hopeâ€™s Emre has got the bit between his teeth because he has got terrific passing ability â€“ and if he produces the work-rate to go with it then heâ€™s a terrific player.â€
â€œThe balls Emre put in for Michael Owen against Everton and then for Cacapa against Spurs were spot-on.â€ â€œEmre wasnâ€™t on corners initially, but with Charles Nâ€™Zogbia coming off at half-time he took over.â€
â€œAnd he remembered where we wanted him to hit, which was exactly just where we thought Spurs would leave gaps.â€
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.