Wolverhampton Wanderers’ on-loan striker Marlon Harewood believes the club deserves to go on and be crowned Championship champions.
Wolves’ tremendous 3-2 win at Derby County on Monday means victory over Queens Park Rangers this Saturday will confirm promotion back to the Premier League.
However, Harewood, who has featured in the last three fixtures since arriving from Aston Villa, believes Wolves should rightfully take the title as well to cap a remarkable season. The former West Ham United striker has been impressed with the team spirit and talent in the dressing room, and believes Wolves would be worthy champions.
“It was good to be involved with the boys in such a massive game as the Derby one,” he said.
“The boys have been fantastic from what I have seen of them this year and deserve to go all the way.
“They started the season well and have just carried it on – long may it continue.
“I really enjoy being with these boys – they have such a fantastic team spirit and to win a game like we did against Derby in the last few minutes was fantastic.
“I am not surprised by the spirit really because this team are top of the table and therefore must have something about them. To be at the top is incredible and the welcome they have given me has been more than I expected.
“Everyone is buzzing around this club now and it has panned out well.
“I don’t think Wolves will struggle now, injuries or not, not with the team spirit here. They can only come out on top now.”
Harewood, who has made only one start, has been forced to play a supporting role from the substitutes’ bench in wins over Southampton and Derby and, while he admits that is not ideal, he is happy to contribute in any way to help Wolves secure promotion and the title.
“I just want to play football and it is fantastic to be playing again,” said Harewood, who has made only one league start and 28 substitute appearances for Villa since signing in July, 2007.
“I am desperate to play and start scoring again. If I can do that, and help the team out, then that is brilliant.
“I work on my fitness and train hard all the time but it is not the same when you are not playing all the time.
“When you are playing loads of minutes and playing more games that is what I need really. If I can get a few more games in then I will be all right.
“I don’t get involved in what happens next or if I start the next game – that is the gaffer’s call. I am just glad to come here and help them out and try to do a job. It is certainly a fantastic time to come here!”