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Harewood Willing To Fight

Marlon Harewood has spoken out about the constant speculation linking him with a move away from the club, and said he is prepared to stay and fight unless O'Neill doesn't want him.

O'Neill for his part has spent more than enough time talking about building the squad, wanting competition for places and that his interest in another striker is based on that, to compliment our frontline, not to directly replace Harewood.

Speaking to the Express and Star, Harewood stated the case as clearly as he could.

"I don`t know anything about it. At the moment I`m a Villa player, I come in, train and work as hard as possible.

"Obviously I would like to play. It`s good times here at the club and I would like to be a part of it. Hopefully I can get more games, but the team is doing really well.

"Will I be here past January? It`s too early to say. I like it here and I want to stay and try and prove myself. Obviously if it`s time later on in my contract to look for somewhere else to play football then that`s that.

"If the club want to get rid of me then it`s out of my hands. It`s nice to know there are other teams out there that want me, if it`s true, but I don`t really pay much attention."

Last season we seemed to use Harewood to the best of his abilities, 20-30 minutes at the end of a game to bully an already tired defence. His chances this season have been more limited as O'Neill has shaken around midfield or defence to change the direction of matches, but as the games come thick and fast it's a given Harewood will be getting more time on the pitch.

"It`s hard. You want to impress and make things happen but you must always do what is right for the team. I got more runs off the bench last season but it`s up to the gaffer.

"It`s not worth getting down, obviously I want to be playing but you will only get upset with yourself. If you have to go on and you are upset that is no good."

Seems what we always knew, cracking attitude and whilst MON wants him here, Harewood realises he'll be used as the manager sees fit.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 1 2008

Time: 4:17PM

Your Comments

It's all up to him, MON will want to rest John Carew and might not always want Gabby to play in a lone striker role so when Harewood get's his chance he needs to bloody impress, hold the ball up bring Milner, Young and Barry into the game and when there's a chance to shoot smash it like your career depends on it, he proved at West Ham he isn't half bad and he came off the bench quite a lot last season and i think he notched up 6-7 goals by doing that.
Villa 4 Ever
Villa 4 Ever you're not wrong mate when you say he needs to "smash it like his career depends on it" because it does ... when he starts putting away all the chances he gets MON might think about a change. Come On Marleene !!!!!
Mutt_Man
I expected Marlon to play a little more than he has so far this season, but I dont think we'll be letting him go in January so maybe we'll see him more after Xmas - bit like last season. As you say Mutt, if he starts putting away the chances he does get, things could only look up for him.
Mayo_12
He'll never break in to the team, its been proven by MON that scoring goals off the bench wont get him a start. The best thing he can do now is leave and join a prem club that will play him, I think at Wigan under Brucey he could be a great player. Still its nice to see he's still humming the right notes even if he doesn't believe what hes saying. MON seems to have the boys trained well on what to say when your not getting a game.
PTP
I like his attitude, you cant fault it. A truly genuine guy, but is he of the quality that we need to progress and develop? I think not.
glensider
We need someone to really push JC and Gabby, someone who can provide us with additional options up front. Sadly MH is clearly not that missing link.
glensider
 

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