We have good reason to believe that Kevin Keegan has high hopes of bringing out the very best of our Turkey star, Emre.
Emre – Kevin backs him, and he will be repaid by the Turk
Even though Emre had been injured since early February, Kevin Keegan still made the gesture of allowing the Turk to leave early to join up with the Turkish squad.
Kevin knew very well that Emre was excited about being part of the Euro 2008 tournament, which is not surprising for the player.
Kevin talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI just felt that for Emre to play one game for us, at that intensity in the Premier League, and risk getting injured before Euro 2008, wouldnâ€™t be right.”
â€œHe probably would have been on the bench at Goodison anyway.”
â€œTurkey have a training camp and it was my decision, not his, to let him go off and join them.”
â€œWhen I was aware the other Turkish players were meeting, I said: â€˜If I donâ€™t use you in the game before â€“ which was Chelsea â€“ in any way, then you can goâ€™.”
â€œIâ€™ve kept my promise to him, and I think thatâ€™s right.”
â€œHad he gone to Everton and pulled a hamstring, or whatever, and been robbed of playing for his country in Euro 2008.”
“I think that would have been wrong, bearing in mind he hadnâ€™t been in the side.â€
Just a great gesture by Kevin, and he will be rewarded by Emre’s commitment next season, we’re sure of that.
Remember, what goes around comes around.
Emre managed just two starts for Newcastle under Keegan and, while there is talk of him going back to Turkey, as we’ve said many times, Keegan is keen to keep him at the club.
It turns out that Emre and David Rozehnal are Newcastle’s only players in the Euro 2008 finals, which start on June 7, unless we can sign somebody before then.
Like Arda Turan, as just one example. 😀