We expect Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to loan out quite a few of the youngsters at Newcastle to other clubs, almost continuously, until they are ready to fight for a first team place at Newcastle.
19 year-old budding star Shane Ferguson, who looks more like 14 😀
And this year Pardew has already sent a number of Newcastle’s promising youngsters out on loan to other clubs, and is likely to send quite a few of them out again, once he has made a determination on their progress in pre-season.
And Alan has talked today about one of the young stars, Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson, whom Alan thinks is very close to the first team, and being the under-study to Jose Enrique.
Shane Kevin Ferguson has looked very good either at left back or on the left wing, when he’s played for the Newcastle first team, which he did earlier this season in the Carling Cup, when he was outstanding in the great win at Stamford Bridge.
The Newcastle manager kept Shane in Tyneside, and out of the tour of Italy last week, because Alan wanted him available for the first team.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We kept Ferguson here rather then send him to Italy because he is close to the first-team squad now.”
“I see him ultimately as a full-back, but he needs to get stronger.” “He is on the milk and steak diet, rather than the chicken and pasta.”
“It is all about protein!” “He has a great chance here.”
Shane has the distinction of playing for the full Northern Ireland side, before he even made his first team debut for Newcastle.
Shane (one of my favorite movies) made his senior debut for his country when he came on as a substitute in the 3–0 defeat to Italy in June of 2009, and he was also called up for the 2011 U21 European Championship qualifier against Germany last November, but was on the bench
The youngster, who was born in Derry back in 1991, has so far played 3 times for Newcastle, and we think he may make his mark more as a left winger than as a left-back.
But Shane looks a very good young player, who seems to be staying on Tyneside from now on, and maybe he’ll be pressing for a first team place next season – we hope so.