It’s hardly surprising that Stephen Ireland has said today that he’d just love to sign permanently for Newcastle United.
Stephen Ireland – still to appear for the Magpies
And we suppose that’s good, because Newcastle should only want players who want to come to Tyneside, and will take on that Geordie pride, that is so important for the Newcastle players to have.
And it seems that Alan Pardew, so short of strikers, may even look to play Ireland as a second striker, depending on who’s fit to play next Tuesday night against the Red Devils, and we’ve heard nothing yet about Ameobi’s knee scan yesterday.
The club hopes to hear something solid about Shola’s swollen knee later today.
This is what Stephen told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“This is a good place for me to settle in the next few months, and who knows what could happen in the summertime.”
“It could turn out to be permanent.” “We don’t know, or it could turn into a loan again.” “We will see what happens in the next two months.”
That’s a good point Stephen makes – if he is not able to prove himself this season to Newcastle, it could be the Magpies can take him on a season long loan deal next seaosn – that would make lots of sense.
And we do feel a little sorry for Ireland, with all the injury problems he’s had on Tyneside, and it must have been very frustrating for the Irishman over the last 10 weeks or so, and he last played a first team game back on December 6th, in the 3-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield.
Stephen is honest when he says it’s been a bit of a nightmare at Newcastle so far:
“It has been an absolute nightmare – it feels like I have not kicked a ball for so long.” “I have not played competitively for so long and it has been difficult.”
“When the new manager came in at Villa, I was left out of eight squads in a row – and that hurts.” “The lads were going away to hotels and playing games, and I felt really isolated at home.”
We really hope Stephen gets a run out next Tuesday against Manchester United, but it will take a few games for him to get up to his full form and fitness.
But Ireland could still play part for Newcastle this season, if he can reach anywhere near the form he is capable of, and if he can score a few goals, that would be good too.
It would help him and it would help Newcastle too – a win win situation hopefully.