Emre: New-look Magpies to soar

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Newcastle schemer Emre believes a new-look strike-force of Michael Owen and Mark Viduka can help The Magpies shake off the malaise that has hindered the club in recent seasons.

There is an air of expectancy about the North East club ahead of the upcoming season, as new manager Sam Allardyce has called for a change of culture and begun to overhaul the playing squad.

Viduka, Geremi, David Rozehnal and Joey Barton have all arrived over the summer, whilst Owen should be raring to go after missing the majority of last season due to a serious knee injury.

Emre hopes that the injection of new blood, and the return to fitness of Owen, will have a palatable impact on a team that limped into 13th place in the Premier League last season.

"We will do much better next season with these players here," said Emre.

"Both Mark Viduka and Michael Owen will help us perform much better and finish higher in the table than last season."

Emre missed the conclusion of the previous campaign due to an ankle injury, but is hopeful of proving his fitness ahead of Newcastle's visit to Bolton on the first day of the season.

"I don't think I can do any ball work for three weeks, but hopefully I will be ready for the start of the new season," Emre added.