Shane Ferguson is another one of our bright youngsters making headlines recently.
17 year-old Shane Ferguson – a future star at Newcastle?
And with the complete mess going on at the club, Newcastle have a chance of even losing one of their brightest young players, as both Celtic and Rangers in Scotland are more than interested in the youngster.
The 17-year-old midfielder (left wing) is rated as one of the brightest prospects on Tyneside, but is out of contract at the end of the season, and has already been watched on several occasions by the two Scottish giants.
One thing that is in Newcastle’s favor, amid the chaos the club seems to be in right now, are the many top youngsters who continue to shine for their National Youth teams, and Shane is no exception.
Ferguson, who was born in Derry in July, 1991 and joined Newcastle in 2007, has represented Northern Ireland at U17 (8 appearances), U19 (5 appearances, U21 (one appearance, B team (one appearance) and only last week made his debut for the full Northern Ireland side against Italy in Pisa. Not bad at just 17 years of age.
They were beaten 3-0 and it was a largely experimental side that manager Nigel Worthington fielded, and Ferguson got on for the final 12 minutes of the game, but by that time Italy werre already crusiing home at 3-0 up.
And it was interesting that former Newcastle loan player Giuseppe Rossi scored Italy’s first goal for his very first senior international goal.
After that game last week Newcastle United TV interviewed Newcastle Academy Director Richard Money, who seems to have a decent number of top young stars coming through at the club, and they could be more than helpful for us next season in the Championship.
Richard believes it will not be too long before the Irish starlet is pushing for a first team place at the club:
“Shane is a terrific talent and is a really good lad as well,” “He got his call-up to the full squad while we were out in Bosnia playing in a youth tournament and it can affect people in different ways.”
“But it lifted him. He played left-back in the tournament and got his own fan club because some of things he did were incredible.”
“We like him a lot and hopefully this involvement with the full international squad will benefit him.”
“I think next season Shane will be looking to push on again and that has got to mean making a claim for involvement with the senior squad.”
First things first, and we have to offer Shane a good new contract but with no manager and nobody steering the Newcastle ship, that may be difficult right now.
We have to hope one of the Scottish giants don’t come in and sign the youngster in this window of opportunity for them.
Ferguson joins Ranger, Vuckic, Inman, LuaLua, Soderberg, Tozer, Adjei and Kadar as some of the top-notch teenagers coming through the Newcastle Academy. 😀