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Keegan admitted today that he ever tried to sign Turkish playmaker Emre when he was manager of Manchester City. According to Keegan, Emre certainly a player that he love to play the classy ball-play and someone who can unlock opposition defences.
Newcastle still have to score goals since Keegan's return to the club, and to break the deadlock Keegan tempted to give a start to the former Inter Milan's ace on Sunday's derby clash with Middlesbrough.
“He offers us another option that none of the other players can quite offer us,” said Keegan as quoted from the official site “He's different to anything else we've got and you need players like that around.”
Keegan admits if He hasn't had any player to work with his game style, he will always gone and bought one or two.
“The fact we've already got a player like that here is a plus for me. I've always believed there is a place in a team, at least one, for a creative player. I've always managed to accommodate one, even though some people say you can't.”
And for some managers, they must have teams full of talented players, but King Kev think there is always a place in the United team for a player like Emre.
Keegan said the player who can unlock the door when games are really tight is someone we've missed in Newcastle's last couple games.
And for the 27-year-old Emre, He is determined to repay Keegan's glowing praise. Emre was being frustrated this season so far because Sam Allardyce was rarely give him the chance to playing.
“I wasn't playing regularly and I couldn't show my best when I was playing one game and then going back on the bench. I was happy with Sam sometimes, I believe he's a good man, but I need to play more to find the consistency he wanted. I hardly played in three months.” Emre explained.
“I worked very hard for my shirt and I wanted to be on the pitch every game. Maybe my style of football did not suit the old manager as much, he had other choices. I think that will change now,”
“I'm very happy with the new manager and the dressing room is very happy. Everybody believes in Kevin Keegan and we look forward to playing for him. We know he is a big legend for everyone in English football, but especially in Newcastle.”