Newcastle United have finally (at last!) completed the loan signing of Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood.
Marlon Harewood – finally signs loan deal at Newcastle
30 year-old Harewood will go straight into the squad for Newcastle’s vital game at Ipswich on Saturday, and we would expect at some point in the game he will make his debut and get a run-out.
Harewood has been signed by the Magpies as a temporary replacement for injured local striker Shola Ameobi, who will still not return for a couple of months.
It’s also a great chance for Marlon himself, because he has shown in the past he can score the goals in the Championship, and that’s what he and the Newcastle fans hope he can do in the coming games.
Villa signed Harewood from West Ham United for £4M in July 2007, but he has been unable to get into the first team much because of the great competition for places at Villa Park.
It must have been a big relief for Chris Hughton to get Marlon, and he talked about the loan signing today:
“It’s been agreed. What we’ve been desperate to do is bring in a different type of striker to what we have here in Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi and Nile Ranger.”
“He’ll give us experience, power and pace, and it’s an exciting challenge for him also.”
“He certainly boosts the squad, and Marlon comes in ready to play. He had a slight injury in pre-season, but has now been training for a very good period.”
We wish Marlon all the best on Tyneside, and if this 6’1″ striker can get the goals for the Newcastle club, he will very quickly become a fan favorite on Tyneside.
And we are sure, he’s already very well aware of that.
Howay The Lads!!