Tue 31 Oct 2023, 09:27 · Ash Harrison

‘Good place’: 21-year-old Newcastle man now feels things are starting to click at his loan club

‘Good place’: 21-year-old Newcastle man now feels things are starting to click at his loan club
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Newcastle United finally got their man in January following a lengthy pursuit of West Ham United's Harrison Ashby.

Given how long the Magpies had been chasing the young full-back, many thought that Harrison Ashby had been earmarked as the long-term successor to Kieran Trippier, but this summer the club went and splashed out £32 million on Tino Livramento from Southampton.

With Livramento's arrival, Ashby was loaned out to Championship club Swansea City for the season as Eddie Howe's priorities became clearer.

Ashby already has a goal and an assist for Swansea

Things got off to a decent start for Harrison in the Championship, grabbing an assist in this third game followed by a goal in his fourth.

However, much like at Newcastle, his arrival at Swansea was soon followed by another in his position in Josh Key whose form kept Ashby out of the starting lineup until he recently picked up an injury.

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Harrison Ashby signed for Newcastle in January 2023

Ashby was restored to the starting XI at the weekend to take on Blackburn Rovers and his performance gave Swansea boss Michael Duff plenty to think about when Key returns.

Ashby and Livramento can both be huge for Newcastle

The 21-year-old spoke to Swansea's official website after the game and shared that he feels that things are coming together for him:

“Football is a strange game, and things can change very quickly. I hope I have come in and made the most of the opportunity.

I felt like it went pretty well at Blackburn and we will see what happens, although I should have scored with the chance I had late on so hopefully I’ll do better next time I am in that position.

But I can feel the chemistry growing with the lads, the understanding is coming in terms of how the lads play and how I play alongside them. The gaffer is working with me on the things he wants me to do and improve on.

I feel I am getting into a good place and I want to kick on from here.”

Ashby's lack of first-team action when at West Ham is likely the real reason he was loaned out and Livramento was kept around. The pair will soon be battling it out to be Newcastle's first-choice right back.

Both youngsters are extremely exciting in terms of potential and in a few years there's no reason the Magpies won't have the two best right-backs in England.