Shane Ferguson Will Soon Start To Push Enrique At Left-Back

If the performance of Shane Ferguson at Chelsea is anything to go by, this 19 year-old Northern Ireland International will soon be pressing Jose Enrique for the left back position at Newcastle.

Shane Ferguson – up and coming youngster at Newcastle

The Derry-born player has probably now moved ahead of Tamas Kadar as the player who would come in for Jose, if he was injured, and certainly he was Newcastle’s star man at Chelsea, only just behind two goal hero Shola Ameobi, who had one of those games of his where he looks unplayable. Of course with Shola it doesn’t happen often enough.

It’s only recently that Chris has moved Shane from the left wing spot to left back, and he looked a promising attacking left back at Chelsea,  and of course set up the first goal for Nile Ranger.

Peter Beardsley’s job at Newcastle is to bring through the youngsters, and he talked today after last night’s 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at Benton:

“The one thing I always ask is to ‘give me your best’, and I think all five of the first-team players – six if you include Shane Ferguson, who is very much on the fringe – did that.”

“It’s not always about the winning, it’s about how you play, and your attitude to the game.” “Chris Hughton now knows he’s got a few young players he can call upon, as he did with Fergie in the last round of the Carling Cup.”

“From that point of view, it’s a plus, and we’ll move forward.”  “That’s our job – get them in the first team. What Fergie did at Chelsea surpassed our expectations, and proves, if needed, he can play there again.”

“He’s probably our next recognised left-back after Enrique, and to be fair to the manager, he didn’t want to take any chances with him at Chelsea.” “It worked out both ways as they got the result.”

There’s no doubt that Shane will get a start at left back against Arsenal in the 4th round of the Carling Cup in 3 weeks time at St. James’ Park, and another accomplished performance in that game will raise his profile even further at Newcastle.

And for the first time since he signed in the summer of 2007,  Spanish left-back Jose Enrique could be pushed for his position at Newcastle.  Of course Shane can also play on the left wing and may be used there by Chris  in the future.

With Ben Arfa out for the rest of the season Chris will look for more wingers and if Kazenga LuaLua continues to do well and score goals at Brighton, he could well be brought back to Newcastle in January to help the Magpies for the rest of the season.

One thing that’s apparent now at the Newcastle club, is that the Youth Policy is already producing some really good young players at the Tyneside club, and unlike times in the past – they will be given their chance under Chris Hughton.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Good luck to the lad, he has a big obstacle to overcome in the bull like!

    Shame he dont play RB, he would be in the team now!

  • Darling27

    Oct 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Good player in the making. He’ll step up to the plate if The Bull picks up an injury.

  • Matt

    Oct 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    And exaggeration of the day award goes to…this article.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    @ Matt // Oct 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM (3)

    And the tw@ of the day award goes to…YOU!

  • CT

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Competition 4 places is what we lacked past few years, but is this kid in front of Kadar who looks a prospect to me either LB or CB?

  • Bucks mag

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Tamas has really dropped off the radar hasn’t he? Bit worrying.

  • Chris F

    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #7

    kadar’s a centre half by trade though, playing at left back might give him first team exposure, but his game isn’t about getting forward down the flanks and supporting the wingers, so he’ll never excel there.

    Ferguson, who started as a winger, will find the position more natural.

    however, it’s still somewhat premature to say he’ll be pushing enrique for a place just yet, he’s only played a handful of first team games so far.

    sometimes, i think the clamour for our youngsters to play from the fans is a bit OTT. If they’re good enough, they’ll get a game – they shouldn’t be thrown to the wolves just because a few posters on web blogs say so.

  • chuck

    Oct 6, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    In the words of John McEnroe, “you cant be serious”.
    I know it`s hard to keep coming up with subject matter for the number of blogs you write Ed. and we are grateful for the effort.
    But to suggest Fergusen is a guaranteed starter against Arsenal or that he will threaten “El Toro”any time soon, is pure exaggeration.
    Sure it`s nice to have possible first team players coming through the system and as a Norn Iron,international, looks possible for young Ferguson, I`m sure you remember the great N.I. left back, who was a great player for the club, Alf. McMichael.
    If young Fergusen turns out any where as good
    as Alf, I would be quite happy.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 7, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #9

    i m just glad we got a reliable cover for left back, he would get couples of games under his belt

  • Mags

    Oct 7, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #10

    I have only seen him play twice and both times I have been impressed with the lad.

    If he carries on in this manner he looks very promising indeed.

  • munch27

    Oct 7, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Guys get of Ed’s back as he is quoting Beardo and if Beardo reckons the lad is getting close to first team call ups thats good enough for me.


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