Newcastle United man with zero appearances pushing for late first-team call up ahead of run-in
Newcastle United’s January transfer signing is yet to make his first-team debut.
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The 21-year-old is yet to be named on the Magpies’ teamsheet following his £3million January transfer move from top-flight counterparts West Ham United. A couple of minor injuries have restricted Ashby’s ability to train and therefore impacted potential game time with Eddie Howe’s first-team.
Ashby travelled to Dubai with Howe’s squad during the recent international break and since then has stepped up his return to full fitness. He made his first appearance in United colours on Monday - claiming a goal and an assist in the under-21s’ 4-3 win over Norwich City.
Head coach Eddie Howe was pleased to see Ashby come through unscathed, and admits he could be an option during the remaining eight games.
“He’s had a minor hamstring problem a couple of times, which has just dented his ability to train with us,” Howe said. “Really pleased to see him come through (Monday’s) game. He played very well. He showed his qualities.
“He could potentially before the end of the season be in the matchday squad but he’s very much one that we’re developing and looking forward to trying to maximise his talent.”
Under-21s lead coach Ben Dawson said earlier in the week: “It was nice to see him out on the pitch. He’s come down to the Academy to get some minutes under his belt and he’s had a few issues since he’s moved up here with some minor injuries so I think it’s nice for everybody to be able to see him out on the pitch and contribute a professional performance.
“It’s always difficult for those lads that don’t train with us every day to drop down and play but I think he gave a great account of himself and he was a good example for the young lads to follow.”
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