With all the news going on in the press about the Andy Carroll affair, we’ve neglected to welcome our one new player to the the club – Irishman Stephen Ireland.
Stephen Ireland – welcome to Newcastle United!
We always thought Stephen was a fantastic player at Manchester City, but since the new owners came in, he’s not the only existing player at Eastlands to be forced out – and it’s hardly surprising he’s not been in his best form over the last 12 months.
He has had another bad time of things at Aston Villa with new manager Gerard Houllier – so he’s ended up at the right place in Tyneside, that’s for sure.
He will get huge support from Newcastle players and the Newcastle fans, who love to see great players in that famous black and white shirt.
Stephen is out injured right now, with a hamstring strain, but he should be back in two just two weeks, and it will be great when Stephen makes his debut for Newcastle United.
And we were heartened to hear Alan Pardew say good things about the 24 year old yesterday – as Alan said:
“We’re hoping that Stephen is two weeks away from playing.”
“We have constructed a deal with Villa that makes sure he is fit to play – in doing so we hope he is back to his best.”
“He’s a guy who was one of the big commodities in the Premier League with Man City and Villa.”
“He’s somebody who needs to be rebuilt.”
As we said when we first signed him, the main thing he needs is some tender loving care – that will certainly help rebuild him alright – and he’ll get that on Tyneside.
Welcome to Newcastle United Stephen – it’s great to have you at the club – and we all want you to become great again – in a black and white short – best of luck!!