If the news that Emre is being transferred to Fenerbahce is true, then we think Newcastle will also be willing to let Damien Duff leave the club.
Damien Duff – we expect him also to leave Newcastle
Emre and Duff are similar players in that they have lots of skill, but they are very injury prone, and if you look at their playing records they don’t play a lot of minutes for Newcastle.
So in that way it’s not a particularly good deal for the club to be paying them high wages. The cost of each game to the club becomes very high.
We have heard over the last few weeks several reports about clubs being interested in Damien Duff, and we would think that Sunderland and Roy Keane could be favorites to sign the Irish International.
A good deal for Newcastle would be to at least recuperate the money we paid Chelsea for him two years ago, which was around Â£5M.
And if Duff did move to Sunderland he wouldn’t really have to move, which would seem to be convenient for him.
But if Newcastle are willing to let Emre leave, then Duff will not be too far behind.
However, before we get too far into these transfers, it would be nice to see the club bring some players in.
Graeme Souness made the mistake of letting players go in the summer of 2005, and then had a hard job recruiting the players he wanted, which left us short in numbers for that next season.
We don’t want to see the same thing happening this summer.