cameron stewart confirmed at leedsBack
Leeds United have confirmed that Cameron Stewart has agreed a three year deal to sign from Hull City – although the deal can’t begin yet.
League rules mean that because Stewart has already played for Hull and Charlton this season, he can only play for Leeds in 2013/14 on an emergency loan – which lasts for a maximum of 93 days.
That should take him through to April 12th, and the home game against Blackpool, after which Leeds will have to get by without him until the start of the next season.
Stewart has already had a small impact on United’s season; he levelled the score for Charlton with a long range volley on a rainy afternoon at The Valley, before Ross McCormack added three more himself in a 4-2 win.
Stewart’s goal was a bit of a marvel, though, and was the second of three spectacular strikes this season; individual efforts against Huddersfield and Yeovil showed that the winger has pace and can score on the break, which makes him a rare beast indeed in the Leeds United team – until, as expected, Jimmy Kebe signs on loan from Crystal Palace.
Cameron Stewart began his career at Old Trafford, but had the good grace not to play in their first team before moving first to Yeovil and then Hull on loan, joining the latter in a permanent deal in 2010. After a good start a cruciate ligament injury stopped Stewart in his tracks and kept him out for nine months, since when he has struggled to get into Steve Bruce’s side.
Loans at Burnley and Blackburn last season brought mixed reviews, but his 18 games for Charlton this term have shown him coming back into form.
Without any ‘proper’ wingers this season United have been one dimensional at times, and one paced at others, while Mathieu Smith has only shown glimpses of what he can do when balls are crossed on to his boulder-like head. Smith’s signing at the start of the summer had indicated to many that Brian McDermott would be looking to employ pacy wingers to whip the ball in to the box, but it has taken until January for the first of those to materialise. Stewart’s age, injury record and relative lack of games (Tom Lees, who is six months older, has played twice as many) make him a bit of a risk, but with the experienced Jimmy Kebe believed to be travelling up to Thorp Arch this afternoon, that would give United a decent balance of raw and experienced wide players, where before there were none.
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