Newcastle United star issues ‘it’s good to be back’ message ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash

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The Newcastle United right-back played his first minutes since joining in January.

Harrison Ashby played his first game in Newcastle United colours when featuring for the under-21s on Monday afternoon.

The 21-year-old joined for an undisclosed fee from West Ham United during the January transfer window but is yet to make a senior appearance, or indeed feature in the matchday squad.

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Ashby missed a few weeks of training shortly after arriving due to a hamstring injury, although did link up with the rest of his teammates for their trip to Dubai last month.

Since the international break, where United have played Manchester United, West Ham, Brentford and Aston Villa, Ashby has stepped his return to full fitness with the under-21s.

Newcastle United January signings Harrison Ashby (left) and Anthony Gordon (right). (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United January signings Harrison Ashby (left) and Anthony Gordon (right). (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United January signings Harrison Ashby (left) and Anthony Gordon (right). (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

He played 62 minutes in the young Magpies’ 4-3 win over Norwich City yesterday, and claimed an assist and a goal in the first-half. United surrendered a three-goal lead before Lewis Miley scored the winner.

“It was nice to see him out on the pitch,” said under-21s boss Ben Dawson. “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.

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“It’s always difficult for those lads that don’t train with us everyday 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.”

After the game, Ashby posted on Instagram: “Oh it’s good to be back”, to which Newcastle’s official account replied “well played, Harrison!”

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle host Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park on Sunday (kick-off 4:30pm) in a potential Champions League qualification decider.

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