Emre Looks Set For First Team Squad Saturday

Adam Sadler’s Newcastle Reserves side gained a hard fought 1-1 draw against Manchester United in front of over 2800 fans at St. James’ Park last night.


Emre – a good 45 minutes last night plus a great goal

And the performance of Emre suggests he’ll be straight into the first team squad for Saturday’s game against Reading.

Sadler talked today about Emre:

“It was a concern when he went down after two minutes.” “But he showed what a master of the ball he actually is.” “He’s a terrific player and his goal just summed the man up.” “I was delighted to be in charge of a team that had Emre in it.”

“There’s always somebody who says that first-teamers don’t put the work in when they come into reserves.” “But that doesn’t happen at Newcastle – and since I’ve been in charge I can’t think of one player who hasn’t gone about their job in the right manner.”

“We were looking to give Emre 45-60 minutes but I think the kick didn’t help.” “He is expected to train on Thursday with a view to being in the first-team squad at the weekend.”

The game with Manchester United ended Adam Sadler’s first season in charge of the Reserves, with the team finishing in a respectable mid-table position.

Sadler added:

“The first half was our best performance as far as our football was concerned.”

“I was delighted with that and it gives you an idea of how far we have come, especially when you look back to the Blackburn game in November when we lost 4-2 at home and the Sunderland game which we lost 3-1.” “So to play like we did against Man United shows the size of the steps we have taken.”

“We’ve worked tirelessly on the training ground and I can’t remember a game when they haven’t put the graft in.” “We couldn’t have wished for a better venue to play this season than St James’s. This is our church, if you like.” “Every Geordie fan and player for the club understands what this ground is about.”

“When the players come to St James’s Park there is a huge buzz.”

It will be good to see Emre get some minutes in the game against Reading. It will end our relegation problems if we can take all 3 points from our fellow relegation strugglers.

And that will be a huge relief for all Newcastle fans everywhere – so we expect the lads to go all out for a good victory on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #1

    as long as he doesn’t just walk straight back into the first 11 then it is all good. the midfield is currently performing well and it shouldnt be disrupted.

  • Steve_48

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #2

    I would love it, love it to see him back in the squad, sorry

  • Chris F

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #3

    i can see him making the bench, maybe in place of duff, if he’s fit enough, if not might have to wait for the next game.

  • Leo

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #4

    yeah i wouldnt be impressed if he managed to get straight back into the first team, unless there was an injury

  • Viper

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m with you Spyro.

    Got a winning formula so don’t f**k too much with it.

    Bench aye, defo. Not first 11.

  • Dave Hill

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #6

    I love this little fella,
    If you`ve ever been to watch him live at S J Park what he does of the ball is fantastic.
    He runs his socks off and for me i`d play him in the 1st 11 for the 1st 60mins for Barton.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Alternate Geremi and Emre.

  • Steve_48

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #8


    I saw him play in a memorable match against the unclean a couple of seasons ago, then he stepped up to slot home a free kick on the 18 yard line to make the result 3-2. Souness was the manager @ the time. Man I got right royally p*ssed that night.

    More of the same please… we need squad players there’s no shame in that

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #9

    horses for courses. Emre and Zoggy ahould come on when we need to boost our attack. geremi and Viduka when we need to hold on to the ball a bit more.

  • Dave

    Apr 1, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone got any videos from last nights reserve game?


    Apr 1, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #11

    How about Geremi hold onto the waterbottles and sit in the stands.

  • Obafan

    Apr 1, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Look at what Geremi has done the last couple of games. How can you react so hard on him? 1 question; how many assists or goals did he give/score the last 3 games in which he played and compare that with the stats of your best pal Milner??? Who deserves to play, and be honnest please.

    Emre; I also like the little Turk, but it would not be fair if he would start (I can never see that happen). The team is doing very well so there is no need to change the squad. I hope he stays next year and that he finally can play without his injuries cause that is the main reason why he never impressed at Newcastle.

  • Spyro

    Apr 1, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #13

    like it or not Craigg Geremi works well in the three man midfield with Butt and Barton. Also, you do not judge Geremi fairly. You should judge him by his performances in our new system, not on what he done before. You just dont like him do you?

  • Gloryhunter

    Apr 1, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s only a few games ago when almost 1 in 5 of bloggers to this site thought that we would get relegated. See Ed’s survey “WILL NEWCASTLE BE RELEGATED?” in the right column.

  • Gloryhunter

    Apr 1, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed. Your site time needs changing to BST.

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 1, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d like to see him on the bench coming on for Barton or Owen depending on their fatigue. Playing behind the front two would do him good and he is a better sub than Smith any day.

    He was awful against Tottenham. Jogged when players who had been on for 80 mins were still sprinting. Gives a away a stupid free kick instantly. He does nothing for the side and needs to go in the summer.

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 2, 2008 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #17

    What I see from KK policy is that, he will retain his first 11. Then, near the end of the game, he will give some chances to players he thinks deserve a place in the team. If they perform well, they will get more minutes the next game and eventually will play as first 11 or 90 minutes.

    So, I doubt Emre has any chance to walk straight into the team.

  • Ross

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #18

    i dont wanna see him immedialy slot into the first team, because i reckon he’ll replace geremi. and tbh i think alot of people are coming down pretty hard on geremi at the moment.
    he’s had a decent couple of last games..and its not like he’s been a weak link in a well performing squad, the team on the whole has only started performing in that time.
    i love emre, i think he’s brilliant, but i think we should give him 45 or so at the weekend, bring him on if we need an extra attacking option, the midfield has looked really good as of late.

    by the way, everybody else noticed how barton is really starting to look like the engine? he’s playing the box to box role we bought him for, and he’s starting to fire off a shot every now and again too. he hasnt been far off either. a goal from him soon i hope

  • Tripp

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t really see Emre fitting into this 4-3-3 system. Perhaps as a sub for Owen, but does Emre have the work ethic? The midfield has to have battlers because there are only 3. It sounds like Owen is expected to drop off and provide an outlet, and he’s more than capable of doing that in addition to adding teeth to the attack. I don’t see Emre really being a replacement for either Barton or Geremi. If we were to switch to a 4-4-2 once the game seems secure he could easily figure into that formation.

  • Tripp

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d love to see Joey score too. He’s come close on a couple of occasions in the last two games.

  • ende

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d bring Emre on the bench. If all goes well, around 70th minute put him in for Dukes or Martins (or Owen, whatever) and make it a 4-4-2

  • Hadji

    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Ende…My thoughts exactly

  • HeronMag

    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s going to be very interesting with Emre fit again. He’s easily our most naturally creative player. We’ve missed him in the centre of the park but I’m not sure he has the physical strength to fit into the 4-3-3 system. If he could play anywhere it would logically be in the place of Barton, but he has been showing signs of good form recently. For me, Emre starts on the bench and perhaps is given a half against Reading if all goes well 1st half.

  • Mr T

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #24

    For me, he should be in place of Geremi, I’m with CRAIGG, he’s still gash and would make an excellent bottle distributor.

    Emre’s much better at free kicks (If anyone says he did well to score against Spurs, he only scored cos Robinson is utter rubbish!) and set-pieces.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Yea suppose Emre on the bench this week & if we’re winning comfortably he’d on for Viduka for about 30 mins top. That’d push Owen up to play along Martins. Soon KK’d withdraw Owen for Carroll /Smith (rather likely).
    Geremi can start as he is unbelievably on good form lately. If he is seems having fatigue KK’d sub him for N’Zogbia after 65 mins.Oh i wish Barton to score a goal too.


    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    I just fail to see why we have the OTT reaction to geremis couple of good games, And do look at the stats over the last season and i think milner has set up and scored more than Geremi has dreamt of.

    I also dont really think that two square passes were really assists as butts was a long range effort and Vidukas was a piece of indivudual skill that created the space.

    But credit the free kick for Owens goal 1 out 30 isnt bad going.

    Anyway KK aint going to be fooled by this little stint of form, Taxi for Geremi

  • Afromag

    Apr 2, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey craigg, your critism of Geremi is unwarranted. This guy has been workin his socks off since he came to newcastle and only big sam’s shady tactics can be responsible 4 any supposed below par performances! The lad is the most experienced player in our squad and his attitude is first class. His position play is fantastic plus he even helps out Beye in defence. Am really tired of guys slagging of Geremi cause i really believe we need him more than he needs us!

  • Obafan

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Afromag – Well said Geremi is working really hard and since his return from the ACN he has been very very usefull to the team. And like KK mentionned not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room. Some of the people here just like to judge him very hard. They don’t want to see the good things and even if he plays good they will enlarge the mistakes.

    Stats of last 3 very important games
    Goals: For NUFC: 7 (Geremi: 2 assists and 1 goal); nearly 50% involved in the goals we scored if this is not good than I don’t know what is good anymore.
    Goals: Against NUFC: 2 (very good to have our defence more stabilised, but I think we have to look at the performances of all our midfield players (Barton, Butt and Geremi) who all work very hard to support the defence and the offense).

    Our right wing is very strong ATM Beye and Geremi are perfectly gelled. Something which never was the case with Beye – Milner and we all know which of the last 2 was the most consitent and better player 😉 .

    Go Geremi you deserve all credits and keep your form going. Score a few more or give more assits and in the end they all will have to shut up!


    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Well obafan come the end of the season Geremi will be gone so enjoy him while you can.


    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #30

    and what is that supposed to mean “Beye – Milner and we all know which of the last 2 was the most consitent and better player”

    Have you seen any of our matches this season Milner is our most consistant player, Geremi is a flash in the pan and wont be around for much longer thank god


    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #31

    I dont pay a fortune to watch someone have two good matches a season and get undeserved credit from people who plainly never go to matches.

  • Mr T

    Apr 3, 2008 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #32

    it’s true, Milner is always good, he’s like an Alan Smith….but with talent. Geremi has a lot to prove yet, two games isn’t enough for me either.


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