Is Stephen Ireland Ready To Make His Newcastle Debut?

After Newcastle’s dismal showing on Sunday afternoon, and Andy Carroll’s performance last night, where the Liverpool striker looked far too good for Manchester City, it’s hard to find any good news about Newcastle today.

Stephen Ireland – ready to make debut?

But Stephen Ireland seems ready to make his debut for Newcastle next Tuesday night  against the Red Devils, and that could be good news for Newcastle fans.

Stephen joined Newcastle on loan on the fateful day that Newcastle sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool, and that transfer upset most Newcastle fans and most of the Newcastle players too,  it seems.

Stephen came in on loan with a knee injury and once that was put right, he then suffered a thigh problem, but now he’s fit and will probably find a place on the bench next Tuesday evening.

Ireland has not had a good time of things over the last 16 months or so, and didn’t see eye to eye with either of his  last two managers, Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and Gerrard Houllier at Aston Villa.

Stephen was fit enough to play on Sunday, but of course the terms of the loan agreement prevent him from playing against his own club.

Maybe Newcastle are the only club not to put that in a loan agreement, when back in March 2004, Lomana LuaLua was on loan at Portsmouth from Newcastle at the time, and equalized for Portsmouth at Fratton Park with just one minute to go, and denied Newcastle two points, after they had been leading 1-0.

You really cannot make this stuff up.

That could only happen at Newcastle, but hopefully they are a lot wiser these days – maybe – but we’ll see come the summer transfer window, and how many good players they can bring in with the Andy Carroll money.

After seeing Andy look so great last night, with two good goals from half chances,  they had better be very very good.

Stephen Ireland only started eight games at Villa Park and made a total of 12 appearances, so he has something to prove at Newcastle, if the Magpies are going to sign the Irish International full time in the summer, for a fee of around £8M.

In our poll on whether Newcastle should sign the player,  46% say no, 29% say yes, and a whopping 25% are not sure, and that’s understandable since he hasn’t kicked a ball yet for Newcastle, even though he signed the loan deal 10 weeks ago yesterday.

Midfielder Cheick Tiote will be back from his second three match suspension, in his first season in the Premier League, and there is hope that Shola Ameobi will return after a swollen knee had him miss the dismal 1-0 defeat at Villa Park last Sunday.

Phil Airey scored two goals for the Reserves last night at Blackburn, when the lads came back brilliantly from 3-1 down to draw the game 4-4, in what was an end-to-end and exciting game, but whether that will get the 19 year-old a place on the bench next week, we don’t know.

It would be very good if Tiote, Ireland and Ameobi are all ready to play against Manchester United next Tuesday, because on recent form, with three bad defeats out of the last four games, Newcastle will have to be somewhere near their best to get anything out of this game.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • a.barry

    Apr 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    hopefully chelsea game will go all the way tonight and all the way on saturday, then if we play at our very best we could have half a chance, rooney is looking good though….


    Apr 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    WHY do you waste so much time and effort discussing Carroll. Stating the obvious he plays in Liverpool now. Lets have more info on fitness of players Shola/HBS/Gosling/Vucic/Kadar. If we have no info on this then think of something else other than Carroll. I enjoy reading the site until I see his name.


    Apr 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Typo – meant HBA

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed lets not have any more mentions of Andy Carroll PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!
    He’s gone & as far as I’m concerned he doesn’t exist and I’m not interested in hearing anything about him good or bad.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    As far as Ireland is concerned it’s about time he played what a waste of time he’s been so far I hope in the last few games he can prove his worth & be of value to the team

  • wynsleap

    Apr 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Is Stephen Ireland ready to make his Newcastle debut?
    Is the moon made of green cheese?
    Re Airey – give the lad a chance – he couldn’t be any worse than Ranger was at the weekend.


    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Airey will not be given a chance because NUFC handle their youngsters terribly. Playing at such a young age never harmed Owen/Rooney/Shearer/Fowler/Wallcott. Basically if you are good enough – you are old enough.

  • Thump

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Not necessarily, Pheonix. Walcott admitted that being selected for England hampered his development (but that’s a different kettle of fish).

    I’d love to see Ireland come in and really show us what he can do, though.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Andy Carroll as word should be banned.


    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    The thing is thump look how Arsenal handle their young uns – they get plenty of games and are not thrown to the scrapheap after one bad performance. Ranger has been on fire in training
    and admittadly had a poor second half on Sunday. We will drop him where as Arsenal will continue to play them – I wish we had Wenger here with our current crop of kids.
    Keep the faith

  • wynsleap

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Have to agree Phoenix.
    Problem is the players you mention were brought along by good management and coaching – and then you have the Toon.
    Makes all the focus on youth recruitment seem pretty pointless I’d say.
    Incidentally, what has happened to “great prospects” Moyo and Adjei recently? – seem to have disappeared unless someone wants to enlighten me.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    well he is playing well for liverpool then good for him we got our money we can INCREASE our squad depth with tat sort of money besides if carroll was in NUFC now and if he was injured then our squad would have been the same wt we have now so in summer if fat ass ly use the carroll money we can build a great side

  • dawid182

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    I already heard that!

  • gillmag

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Hi guys – sorry this is off topic but with regard to all the hooha about Enrique, isnt it illegal for either Liverpool or him to have discussed terms of a new contract at this stage??

  • dave_barron363

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Can anyone tell me what happened to that “future” star striker that was Fabio Zamblera, i swear we bought him as a 18/19 year old a couple of seasons ago and i know he was on loan in italy in the past but i havent heard anything since…

  • wynsleap

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    dave-barron – yes, there’s another one.
    And if Vuckic had been as good as we were all led to believe and he’d been under Wenger or Ferguson’s wing don’t you think he’d have been making waves in the Premiership already?

  • GeordieRob

    Apr 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    You want good news stories!
    No! No! No!

    Toon get linked with a hundred fast, fearless and talented 20 year old’s and now when it starts counting down to the end of the season there’s rumours about broken down, 30 year old Chelsea rejects!

    I’d rather the kid Flanagan that played last night! 18 years old and made several £20M strikers look shite.

  • Sav

    Apr 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18

    8 million seems a high figure for a player who has had 2 miserable seasons on the trot and has had a series of injuries since his arrival. Not to mention that he has cuckoos in his loft.
    We are going to have to pay to get someone to take Xisco and Smith off our books and given his hefty wage packet, I’d guess Villa will be fairly glad to get Ireland off theirs.

    As for Carroll,Ed, you sound surprised he looked the part in 2-goal demolition of City. We knew he was good, so did the smart money at Liverpool. Only Ashley and Llambias are tittering that they’ve fooled Liverpool like Shepherd and Hall laughed at gullible Newcastle fans. Actually, he will prove well worth the money and it is us who have been ‘done’. Time will tell.

  • Darling27

    Apr 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Please Please Please Ed can you stop mentioning Andy Carroll!!! He’s gone and it’s in the past.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Lukaku is being monitor by Barca


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