Archive for tag: Aston Villa.

Because he’s worth it? Villa demand Toon fee for Harewood.

December 28th, 2009 | 26 Comments |

Wants a swift return?
Wants a swift return?
Marlon Harewood’s three-month loan spell expired on Boxing Day and he reaffirmed his desire to return in the New Year, either on loan or on a permanent basis, to help Newcastle’s push for a swift return to the Premier League. Extending Harewood’s loan would be a safer option but ultimately more costly than we would have surely imagined, if the rumour in The Mirror is true.

Apparently Villa want £250,000 as a loan deal fee, despite the fact that we’ve been paying and would continue to his £28,000-a-week wages. Having grabbed 5 goals in 15 games for the Toon, few fans are still convinced he’s worth an extended loan and if the fee is anywhere near the truth, I would expect fans and board alike would baulk at the proposition.

Chris Hughton has been coy on whether Harewood would be required for the remainder of the season, and the player admitted he has no idea what is going on: (more…)

Marlon driftwood?

November 13th, 2009 | 28 Comments |

Empty promise?
Empty promise?
Poor attitude, poor touch, just in it for the money. But enough about my career as a masseur, I’m talking of course about our half-hearted centre forward Marlon Harewood. Currently loaned to Newcastle by Premiership outfit Aston Villa, judging by performances so far, it would seem to most fans there were no flies on Martin O’Neill when he agreed the deal.

With the return to fitness of Shola Ameobi possibly coming sooner than we imagined, thoughts turn to Shola’s early season form and the expectancy or hope that he will fall back into that vein of form. If so, then he will almost certainly be a starter for Hughton and if you consider that we also have Andy Carroll improving with each game, Nile Ranger waiting patiently and capably in the wings for his chance and Peter Lovenkrands back on the books, you’d think Harewood would be fighting tooth and nail for a permanent move.

Of course that would imply he wants to be here but going on the effort he’s put in since his arrival, he’s looked like he didn’t really care much about it. And only in the Peterborough game has he looked anything like a striker of Championship quality never mind Premiership quality. But the more frustrating aspect being the lacklustre attitude in games. However, he has since stated his desire to turn this into a more permanent gig and to respond positively to the criticism. (more…)

Marloan Harewood heading for Toon.

September 24th, 2009 | 5 Comments |

Naked ambition
Naked ambition
The official Aston Villa site has confirmed that Martin O’Neill has agreed the 3-month loan of Marlon Harewood to Newcastle United. The rumours have been rife for weeks now but the speculation ends with the forward joining us at a critical point when our threadbare squad is already being stretched to capacity with a handful of injuries. The official Newcastle site is yet to make an announcement but it seems apparent the deal has or at least will go through in time for the weekend.

The jury appears to be out for Harewood, though I guess all loanees are always scrutinised for the very fact they’re carrying that status, the question being, why are they being loaned out? O’Neill has already gone on record to say Marlon can hopefully get some games under his belt and gain some much-needed fitness. Unfortunately, we really need players who are just about there and ready to hit the ground running so hopefully he’s not too far away and Hughton will welcome him into the squad for Saturday’s televised game at Ipswich. (more…)

Villa manager confirms Harewood loan. Any other loans?

September 24th, 2009 | 11 Comments |

Toon by tomorrow
Toon by tomorrow
Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Newcastle are set to take Marlon Harewood on a 3-month ’emergency’ loan. The move should be completed by Friday.

O’Neill said:

Newcastle are still looking to do something in terms of Marlon.

“I think they are waiting to hear whether they have permission from their owner to go and progress the move.

“I think the opportunity for him now coming back from injury, to get involved in a cause, would be very important and only a benefit for all of us.

“Marlon has been out since pre-season with injuries. He is fighting back, is feeling fine, trained for a few days on the trot.

“But people are pressing for places and at this moment we have competition up front. Delfouneso is going to be a really excellent player and he is hovering around in terms of being on the bench.” (more…)

Toon to hire hitman.

September 21st, 2009 | 10 Comments |

By the end of the week
By the end of the week
According to Sky Sports, Hitman Harewood is likely to complete a 3-month loan move to Newcastle by the end of the week.

Phil Sproson, the striker’s representative, said:

I believe we are close to agreeing everything and hopefully the move can be finalised later this week.

Talks are ongoing between both clubs and I think they are keen to get it resolved.

Marlon is back to fitness now and he is ready and raring to go.

Marlon is very keen on going to Newcastle and playing regular first-team football again.

In my last article I mentioned that Notts Country were also interested in Harewood but it looks like we might beat them to him.

I’m not sure what the arrival of Harewood will mean for the starting 11. Are we getting Harewood as a first choice striker or as backup? (more…)