Ireland An Important Player For Newcastle – Let’s Get Him Fit First

It looks like Stephen Ireland could be fit got the important home game with Wolves in 9 days time.

Stephen Ireland – still not fit yet

And it seems Alan Pardew see the Irishman as an important player for Newcastle in the run-in to the season.

Stephen was all ready to make his debut against Everton a few weeks back, but then pulled a thigh muscle the day before the game, and has been ruled out ever since.

This is what the Newcastle manager said about Stephen’s situation today:

“Stephen becomes an important figure for us in the last eight games,”  “When Andy Carroll left, we wanted to bring in a quality player, and Stephen’s a quality player.”

“He’s been a little bit unlucky with injury, but we think he’ll be available.”   “We’re hoping he’ll train fully on Monday, which would give him a week’s work going into the Wolves game,”

“He’s got a very good chance, though we’re conscious of what happened the last time when he pulled a muscle in his thigh.” “You’ve got to be so careful with players coming back as they can pick up little injuries.”

“We’ve taken a little bit more time over him. He could probably join in today or tomorrow, but we’ll hold him back until next week.”

Stephen has an excellent chance of cementing his deal at Newcastle in the summer, and we hear he is desperate to come to Tyneside, because he can start to make an impact for Newcastle in the remaining 8 games of the season.

If Stephen can get anywhere near the form he showed when he was at Manchester City, he could become a bargain buy for Newcastle at around £8M.

But if the 24 year-old does make his debut on April 2nd, then it will have taken a good two months for the player to get fit in time to play for Newcastle United, and that’s a long time for a player on loan for just four months.

Let’s hope we are paying Aston Villa for the loan, based on when the player is fit to play.

Comments welcome.

88 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #1

    important…should been dubbed indispensable…..the way he has et st james alight this season……eh with match sticks

  • Graeme

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Dont understand how Ireland is an important player for Newcastle United? He hasnt kicked a ball in anger for us since he walked in the door!!!

    Unless having a 3 month break is the criteria of course!!

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    first……shiiiit first time i won anything…
    id like to decate this rare moment when i came first in one of edds blogs to angryman the angryfan…the way he has been a fan for so long, creating a most positive vibrant feel amomngst his fellow fans without ever slacking off a player, manager, owner or blogger is a testament in it self to this warrior of a fan blogger armed with only a river of words coming down like pure poetry and with only few gramatic and spelling mistakes this blogger fan should be hailed as the utmost repsective fellow fan…all arise for the angryfan…….a pure legend

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    shearermania, standing ovation from me mate.

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    danke shon mein freund ich habe ganzen tag gewartet fur diser moment….sehr stolz

  • gorskino10

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    How is he “Important” he hasnt done ANYTHING? All he has done is slag other people off at Villa/Ireland Staff and get injured multiple times while at our club and partying when he shouldnt of been.

    Yeah an Important player!

    TBH everyone is hoping to see his City form i doubt he will ever do that again.

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    important = sarcasm try google it

  • boater

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Isn’t Gorskino’s reference to ‘important’ aimed at the header!? Or has the earth got tired of the sun and started revolving around Shearermania?

  • MT

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Can someone tell me how important he is?forget him,sent back to aston villa.barton is a key player
    in this season.offer him a new contract,please.

  • Stuart

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #10

    You know, Im fairly certain that if Ireland comes back for the Wolves game and plays a blinder, say he gets a goal and an assist, all the same people that are saying hes useless and calling for him to be sent back down to Villa would suddenly be calling for him to be signed permanently.

    Give the lad a break and wait til he plays to judge him.

  • John

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #11

    id say he was the player who tevez was refering to at city who walked around like hed world cup and champions league medals in hes pocket bcoz he own two houses and had a flash watch.

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12


    RE previous post

    At what point did i say i hate pardew? All i was suggesting is that there has been some mis-management on his part. Do you not agree?

    I personally think that Pardew is a very progressive manager and some of his coaching methods are very modern.

    Have a read of the comments properly before you jump to conclusions and have a pop at people.

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    boater = my post was directed towards the header not gorskino….but yes its a good shout regards to the the earth revolving around me

  • sammydolan

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #14

    He’s a shirt lifter……..

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #15

    geordie boy i aplogize if i have jumped to conclusions..i sincere do….
    im just so fed up with the constant negativity here regrading our club and its just bring back horrible memories like two years ago….i really do apologize i hope we all can pull in the same direction and gett us back where we belong….
    also ill stress i respect opinion but disrepect negatic attitude

  • shearermania

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #16

    dont drink and type….especiallynot on a eastern european dont ask whz keyboard post 2nd world ear…..shearermania out


    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    hes a very important influence on the team! come on we all know it! who else would super leon go out drinking with!! PLUS, the most important point, he will keep us on the back pages of the paper and we all love that….

    in seriousness i agree with Stuart, give him a break! he is important because he has skill and goals/assists in him which is what we have been complaining about since january

  • nufcsg

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    hey ed! i’m a nufc fan from singapore and can’t live without your posts!!! keep up the good work and never stop posting!!

    anyway, any news on Ben Arfa?! is he recovering and any chance of him featuring in the last 8 games?

  • The Leazus End

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    why do some people slate and berate our own players.
    get behind them, cos they are going to need US for the rest of the season thats for sure.
    ireland hasnt played for months now so i am not expecting miracles, but it is another player we have available that we havent had in recent weeks.
    has any one got any news on ben arfa and his recovery update

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Shearer mania,

    All is forgiven, ive been a season ticket holder for about 15 years now and seen the best and worst this club has to offer

    I think Pardew is a good manager, but everything from him upwards is the problem.

    Unfortunatley all we can do is back the Players on the pitch, which is getting increasingly difficult to do when they put in poor performances and get photographed making idiots of themselves. I dont have a problem players having a bevvie, but the day before a match (injured or not) is a bit much.

    Once Irelands fit i’ll give us more options in midfield but the area we are serioulsy lacking is, of course, up front. Shola is shocking, Ranger isnt ready, Lovenkrands is past is, Best is average and Kuqi is a journeyman.

  • The Leazus End

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    @ John // Mar 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    how did you get ya name in the blue bud been trying

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #22

    I want to know why Steven Ireland and Karl Pilkington (an idiot abroad) have never been seen in the same room together………

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh FFS!!
    You still hear Dyslexic Kid!!
    God your like Dogs Sh!te man, and about as much use.
    Can everbody on here donate 10p to get Shearermania a bottle of white lightening, and 20 tabs, he might just do one, or more importantly, he may be able to string a sentence together with correct spelling!!!


  • The Leazus End

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #24

    is airey not ready for first team football .
    we also have the lad richardson who can play on the wing

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #25


    Give the kid a break, he’s probably worn out from painting his bedsheets for the next round of ‘protests’ against lambias’ haircut or something.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Goals from midfield will be the key to our survival, Ireland can provide, Joey can provide, and Nolan as ever. Why does Guttierez not chip in more frequently (no, make that AT ALL). the skill the bloke has is immense, he is just pants around the box, if only he could get a goal or two. We will be alright, but typical Newcastle United, we will do nothing the easy way.

  • The Leazus End

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #27

    @ Lynxie // Mar 24, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    iff they played guti on the right he might get into more goal scoring possitions

  • Lynxie

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Leazus End:
    the reason Guttierez does not play on the right is because he is primarily right footed, can go past defenders with ease, and …….. yeah, you figure it out too. Maybe its becasue he is the worst crosser of a ball with his favoured right foot….. I am sure there must be a reason that the manager and coaching staff are aware of when they feel the need to play Simpson out of position there.

    And exactly which league do you think that young Phil Airey and Richardson might be thrown in at the deep end? This is a relegation scrap at the wrong end of the Premier League man, not the South Tyne Sunday Morning Business Houses B division. The kids are not ready yet, heaven knows some experienced players can not handle it let alone give some kid a debut.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #29

    @ The header Boater. Nolan needs a striker to hold the ball up and assist him like Andy did, Ameobi can kinda hold it up but wont lay on for Kev and Best only gets tapins and doesnt assist as all, so goals from Midfield will be important but i dont think he can cut it from what ive seen at Villa, I have seen him at City he was ok but its one of those whenever any team buys a player because they “Used” to be good they never ever get to that form *Torres* for example Chelsea are not seeing the Torres of a few years ago when his ratio was crazy.
    I really hope for our sake he does get his form back but i have little faith.

  • The Leazus End

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    so you are relying on shola loverman up front ( who of course have been banging in the goals of late havnt they ) even having airey on the bench might kick a few arses ,and for richardson he was on the bench against everton so they think he is ready

  • The Leazus End

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #31

    @Lynxie // Mar 24, 2011 at 3:38 PM
    it was a question to the blog not an answer iff you read the post

  • gorskino10

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #32


    All depends on how talented these “Kids” are? Wilkshire playing at 17 and players who just have come to the forfront like Gotzhe (18) David De Gea (18/19) Phil Jones (18) Jack Rodwell (19) Josh McEachran (17) etc..

    IF they have the talent they should play, some clubs just keep holding them off when they shouldnt if our YOUTH are like 19+ then its fine for them to play, players like Haris and Airey + Fergusson are of the age where they should be aiming to get into the fringe of our team.

    So they should play for us if we are lacking players there, also what youth brings is just fearlessness, like Gotzhe at Borussia he just didnt have any fear and provided play/balls that no other players dared too, has got many assists and even goals from this.

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Just saw that Kelvin Etuhu was released by Man C after an assult outside a casino.

    Typical Ashley signing here:

    1. Young
    2. in trouble
    3. free
    4. loves casino
    5. talented

    Cashley time now.

  • The Leazus End

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    @ gorskino10 // Mar 24, 2011 at 3:50 PM
    totaly agree beardsley is always banging on about how good they are.
    how many more times does loverman need a chance hes had plenty this season and falls short (IMO)


    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #35

    @32 u have a decent shout at being right….ovce he gets out of jail he will be on the radar to come in for us. we are the rehab of footballers….just look at barton and ranger

  • chuck

    Mar 24, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Stephen Ireland ?
    Has the ability to be one of the best centerfielders, seen at this club, but it appears some of you dont seem to think so for some strange reason.
    We should consider ourselves lucky to have the oportunity to sign someone with his skills.
    Both he and Ben Arfa, another controversial player, should help this side enormously.
    By the way how is it BA does`nt get the same negative attention as Ireland ?
    Looking forward to watching a midfield line with, hopefully Joey, BA , Irelnd and Tiote

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #37


    He’s also just been sentenced to 6 month in the nick.

    Not much good this season, maybe him and barton can get together next season and galvonise the squad lol

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #38


    1. HBA has not got himself into any troubles since joining.

    2. Ireland is talented but I honestly think you are expecting too much from him. Will he still be here come next season?

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 24, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #39


    The reason BA doesnt get the negative attention is coz he flew over here on his own accord to sign for us (a sign he really wants to be here) and the few games he played for us, he looked world class.

    Ireland on the other hand has been constantly injured (not his own fault, fair enough) and photographed in a bar the day before a match acting like a d!ckhead.

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 24, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #40


    Newcastle – the bad boys. lol
    Seriously, Barton is doing well and I hope ranger starts improving.


    can’t wait to see that happen. lol
    Still 22, as long as he learns his lessons, we should give him a chance.


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