Shane Ferguson is in with a chance to make his first start in the Premier League at Stoke a week come Saturday.
Shane Ferguson – in action on Saturday
Shane made his third appearance for the first team in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Everton at St James’ Park, and put in a very good shift in front of the watching Alan Pardew.
It seems that left-back Enrique is now a major doubt for the game at the Britannia Stadium, although Pardew has more experienced players to play at full-back in Steven Taylor, James Perch and Danny Simpson, and he may call on two of them.
The 25 year-old Spaniard has had hamstring problems in the past, but will now be given extensive treatment by the Newcastle medical staff before the Stoke game, in the hope he can make it – but we doubt he will.
Better to have him rest it and fully recover, and not take any risks, and ensure Jose is fully fit for the remaining 8 league games following the Stoke game.
Pardew has said that one important thing to do with young Ferguson is to build the lad up a bit, as he is very slight and that’s an understatement.
But it seems that Alan was more than impressed with his solid and skillful display on Saturday afternoon, over those last 25 minutes.
Alan Pardew said today:
“That cameo’s going to do him and me the world of good,”“When Jose got injured, I thought it might be too much for him to bring him on in front of 50,000 people.”
“He hasn’t really got much experience, but when I did introduce him, he was great, so next time I’ll feel a little bit more confident.”
“Who knows? He might be starting at Stoke if Jose doesn’t make it.”
Ferguson could also be given a game for the Newcastle Reserve side against Arsenal at St. James’ Park tomorrow, to keep the youngster match fit.
And with Newcastle committed to bringing youngsters through the ranks, we have to have the manager give the lads their chance, and if they do well they deserve more chances.
So on that basis, Shane should be in with a very good chance of starting the game against Stoke City, and if he plays as well as he did in the Carling Cup earlier this season, he’ll do just fine.
We have to hope on the injury front that both Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland will be fit for the Stoke game, where a win would be fantastic and take the lads up to 39 points. and almost to safety in the Premier League for the season.
Then we can concentrate on strengthening the side in the summer, and be ready for an assault on a top six position next season.
Howay The Lads!!