Eddie Howe reveals why Newcastle United player was left out of his squad

Eddie Howe’s revealed why Harrison Ashby wasn’t involved against his former club.
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Ashby joined Newcastle United from West Ham United last month, but the 21-year-old wasn’t in the squad for last weekend’s home game against David Moyes’s side.

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The right-back – who was introduced to the crowd before the second leg of the club’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Southampton – has only played two first-team games this season, and Howe felt that the 21-year-old was lacking match fitness.

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“Harrison has come to us in a good place,” said United’s head coach. “Again, he’s trained really well – and he’s one we’ll work with behind the scenes. He needs to improve certain things in terms of his fitness, because I don’t think he’s played a huge amount of football in the last few months, but we certainly like him a lot.”

Winger Anthony Gordon, United’s other January signing, came off the bench against West Ham.