Alfie Harrison scores first Newcastle United against former club Manchester City - footage

Alfie Harrison scored his first goal for Newcastle United against former club Manchester City. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)Alfie Harrison scored his first goal for Newcastle United against former club Manchester City. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)
Alfie Harrison scored his first goal for Newcastle United against former club Manchester City. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Newcastle United January signing Alfie Harrison is up-and-running on Tyneside.

Alfie Harrison marked his second appearance in Newcastle United colours with his first goal against former club Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The young midfielder, who joined from Man City for an undisclosed fee on January transfer deadline day, made his debut for the under-21s on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Liverpool at Whitley Park.

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Four days later and Harrison was back in action, this time for the under-18s, and scored to make it 2-1 before Darren Palmer equalised. United went on to lose 4-2 but for Harrison he kept up his fine goal-scoring record of nine goals in nine Premier League U18s games this term.

Newcastle are hopeful they have a big talent on their hands after the 18-year-old reportedly attracted interest from West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion, Celtic, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Nice before opting to move to the North East.

Newcastle head of youth recruitment Paul Midgley, who joined from the Citizens in 2022, played a key role in the move with talks centred around Harrison having a clear path towards first-team action.

Harrison was first in attendance at St James' Park for the 4-4 draw against Luton Town earlier this month, an experience that only fuelled his desire to make the move a success.

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Speaking to the club's matchday programme about his arrival, Harrison said: "I'm buzzing to join such a big club in Newcastle United with such a big fanbase. Everyone in Newcastle is so passionate about their football and I can see a good pathway for myself if I keep working hard and pushing on.

"The interest that the club have shown in me was a really big factor in wanting to make the move and I really like the place. I've been to St James' Park already and I have to admit, it did take me back a bit. I went to the game against Luton and the atmosphere inside the stadium was unbelievable.

"It really surprised me at how good it was and I was getting goosebumps just thinking just thinking what it would be like to be out there on the pitch myself.

"I think this season has gone well so far and I just need to continue that here at Newcastle. I want to break into Newcastle's under-21s team and play at a high level, affecting games with goals and assists to help the team.

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"In a few years, I'd like to be in the first team. If I was a kid now, looking at me signing for Newcastle United, it's what dreams are made of. I'm really looking forward to what is coming and how I can progress in the coming years."

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