I remember talking to my son Neil about three years ago, when we were watching Manchester City play, and we agreed how great Stephen Ireland would be at Newcastle.
Stephen Ireland – in action for Newcastle United
And although Stephen’s had a difficult in the last 18 months or so, with Manchester City and Aston Villa, he’s now at Newcastle, and trying his very best to get a permanent deal with the Magpies.
There’s little doubt that Ireland is extremely talented and all we need to see in the next four games is some of the form he showed in his prime at the Eastlands club, and then we’re fairly sure Alan Pardew will want to sign him permanently.
We mentioned a couple of days back that if Newcastle do sign Ireland they will already have essentially three new players for next season already, in Ireland, Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, because they’ve played only a total of about 8 appearances for the club this season, between them.
Ireland has so far played in only two Newcastle games, but we expect him to play in all the four remaining games, and maybe even get a couple of starts for the side.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about the Irishman today to BBC Newcastle:
“Stephen’s a little match-shy at the moment,” “But we’ve got a week, and we need to see him now, so there’s a good chance he could play at Liverpool.”
“My view of Stephen is that he’s an outstanding quality player,” “On a really horrible pitch at Blackpool, somebody of his technique, he kept the ball, moved it and created a couple of nice situations.”
“He slowed the game down when he needed to, and could have had a goal, I felt he should have shot at the end rather than set up Shola Ameobi.”
Stephen has also waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club and their famous fans since he’s been on Tyneside, and had lots of troubles with injuries.
But he got a great reception from the Geordie fans, when he was brought on against the Red Devils, and that seems to have really lifted him, as he wasn’t sure how the fans would have reacted to him being out for so long, while on loan.
In our poll we launched a couple of weeks ago, 41% say Newcastle should signg him and 35% say no, but that was before the lad had played played for Newcastle – so we are going to relaunch the poll – and you can vote on the home page.
Or vote here:
I’ll find out if having one poll in two places on the site works – I’m learning about this stuff all the time. 😀
This Irish lad seems just so determined to get a permanent contract this summer on Tyneside, and play for the black and whites.
We think he’s going to be successful in doing just that.