It seems that Stephen Ireland has already taken a shining to both the Newcastle club, the City and to the famous Newcastle fans.
Stephen Ireland – we hope this lad does great on Tyneside
Stephen has had a really tough time of it at Manchester City and Aston Villa over the last 12 months or so.
It seems that both of his managers, Mancini and Houllier, didn’t rate him much, so he didn’t get too many games, and that’s got to affect the way you feel – and the way you play – and your overall attitude.
Stephen will have already found out that the Newcastle fan base only want him to be a successful player on Tyneside, and Stephen has already shown that when he’s at his best, he’s one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. He showed that at Manchester City.
We’ve often thought when we saw him playing for the Eastlands club, that he would be a great player for Newcastle, and maybe we’ll all see that soon – but it’s really up to Stephen to show what he can do in the next three months.
If he can do that, then it’s an odds on certainty that Newcastle will sign him permanently.
The is what 24 year-old Stephen Ireland told the Evening Chronicle today:
“They’re die-hard fans, and it’s exactly where you want to be week-in, week-out,” “It helps an awful lot, and you’ve got to repay them.”
“I’m looking forward to getting back as soon as I can.” “I’ve had a walk round the city, and the people here are so nice and polite.”
“They come up and shake your hand, and say ‘all the best here’.”
“It is nice, and I’ve got a good feeling for the place. I’ve felt settled really fast.” “For me, it’s all been positive so far.”
Stephen is now fit and ready to play, and it looks almost a certainty that he will make his debut against Everton on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Whether that’s as a starter on the right wing, will depend on Joey Barton’s fitness, but otherwise he’ll come on as a second half substitute, and we expect Stephen will get a good reception from the Geordie fans.
The classy midfielder has 182 first class appearances so far in his career with 23 goals, but over the last year or so, he’s played only around 20 times.
We wish Stephen all the very best in his Newcastle career, and hope he can reproduce his form of old, and become a permanent signing in the summer. 😀
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