Harewood eyes big display
Marlon Harewood is determined take his first-team opportunity with both hands should he start against Leicester City.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 26/09/07 4:47pm
Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood is determined take his first-team opportunity with both hands should he start in the Carling Cup clash against Leicester City.
Harewood has played just 22 minutes for Villa this season, but with John Carew sidelined through injury, Martin O'Neill is likely to start him against The Foxes on Wednesday.
The £4million summer signing scored in the last round against Wrexham, and is focused on delivering in front of the home fans.
"If I get the chance I want to show the boss and the team what I can do," Harewood told the Birmingham Mail.
"The fans have been fantastic. I can't ask for any more. They have been so good to me, and that just makes you want to be with them."
Meanwhile Villa defender Olof Mellberg has insisted he is in 'no rush' to put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the club.
The Swedish international's contract is due to expire at the end of this season, and Mellberg has failed to rule out a move away from Villa Park.
"There is no rush from my point of view. We will just have to see what happens," he said.
Keeping his options open
"Will I run the contract down? I don't want to close any doors. At the moment I am just focusing on doing as well as I can for the team and myself.
"We are a month or so into the season now, I am focusing on the football and that's what I want to talk about really."
Mellberg has also backed fellow team-mate Gabriel Agbonlahor to fulfil his potential and eventually earn a call-up to the England national team.
"Can Gabby make the England step up? I think so," he added.
"It is tough to get into the England side. It is one of the best in the world but he has the potential to do that.
"He has improved over the last couple of years and if he can keep that going, I am sure he will get chances."