Fog on the Bosphorus
By Duncan Alexander
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Emre Belezoglu has joined Newcastle - what will he add to the squad?
Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has made no secret of his desire to sign Turkish midfield dynamo Emre Belezoglu, so it must be something of a relief to finally secure the signature of the former Internazionale player.
The fiery Turk turned down the chance of an emotional return to his homeland with Fenerbahce for a chance to play for Souness, and the Scottish tactician has predicted Emre will be a huge success at St James's Park.
Newcastle fans looking for goals may be disappointed, however, as Emre has not scored a league goal for more than two seasons. He only scored three goals in total for Inter, all of them coming in the 2002-03 season, arguably his best in Italy.
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|Pass Completion %||87%||79%||81%|
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|Tackles Won %||56%||73%||69%|
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That said, goalscoring remains a problem for Newcastle. Their total of 47 strikes in 2004-05 was their third lowest in Premiership history and with the departures of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert, Darren Ambrose, Laurent Robert and Andy O'Brien (responsible for 21 of last season's goals), Souness will need his new signings to take up the slack.
Emre remains one of the brightest midfield talents in Europe, and his partnership with Scott Parker could herald a new dawn for Newcastle. However, fans will still be hoping for more new faces at the club before August 13, as the Souness revolution is conspicuously short on numbers at present.