Emre backs Newcastle attack

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.

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."