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Roeder : Watch Emre go this season

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Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder is backing Turkish midfielder Emre to star in his second season at St James' Park.


The 25-year-old was hampered by niggling injuries after completing his £4m move from Inter Milan last summer, but has already demonstrated his quality with an excellent start to the new campaign.


Emre and his team-mates will run out at Aston Villa tomorrow looking to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games, and with the diminutive midfielder rapidly emerging as a crowd favourite.


Roeder said: "He should be. He's a player of high quality.


"He was at Inter Milan the best part of four seasons - they do not keep players for four seasons if they are not good.


"If they find out they are not good players, they shift them on very quickly. The fact that he was there for four seasons tells its own story.


"He has had a good pre-season, which he did not really have last year as it was interrupted with minor injuries.


"But he has not had anything like that this year. He's getting fitter game by game, and I'm expecting - and he's expecting of himself - a successful season."


With new signing Obafemi Martins set to make his debut tomorrow, Roeder is hopeful of strengthening the squad further before Thursday's transfer deadline.


Roeder said: "Rome was not built in a day but it's important that during this season, everyone sees progress from the team in the results we have and the performances we have.


"We are working hard behind the scenes and hopefully, we will be able to add another couple of players before next Thursday."


Shay Given is likely to return tomorrow after resting a back injury on Thursday night but Shola Ameobi and Craig Moore remain doubts with hip and hamstring and knee problems respectively.

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Is a player that has always exited when on the pitch, his close ball control and ability to find space for others is second to none. I wonder what people think our team will be this season though?


I'm not sure that having just Emre and Parker in the middle works as a partnership (Assuming Martins + Ameobi up front) , especially as we now use Parker as a 'box to box' player, Emre is not defensive minded enough to hold fort on these occasions.


Perhaps Emre on the bench and Gravesen? playing, or Drop Ameobi and continue to play a 5 man midfield to give Emre and Parker more freedom??

Edited by JohnB

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