Newcastle boss Hughton: Villa's Harewood will come good

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton insists Marlon Harewood will come good. The on-loan Aston Villa striker has been booed by Toon fans since his arrival.

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton insists Marlon Harewood will come good.

The on-loan Aston Villa striker has been booed by Toon fans since his arrival.

“I don’t think it was a case of him being booed off,” Hughton said, of Harewood’s 60th-minute withdrawal against Doncaster Rovers last week, when he was replaced by Nile Ranger.

“What you’ve got in Nile Ranger is a young lad who’s done well in the period he’s been here. He’s come on and made an impact in games and I think it was more the fact that they were pleased to see Nile coming on.

“With Marlon it’s something that strikers go through, it’s about scoring goals. If I look at Marlon’s general contribution, we knew when he came it was on the back of not having had a full pre-season.

“We’re seeing in the games and in training that he’s a player who will get stronger and stronger during the time that he’s here. The most important thing is that he’s on the side of a winning team that’s at the right end of the table. The booing is nothing that concerns me.”

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