Shane Ferguson Could Replace Enrique At Britannia Stadium

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!!

34 comments so far

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 8, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    I wonder if we have seen the last of Enrique 🙁

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Same with Joey Barton….Shot Bru

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Told you all yesterday that Ferguson was knocking at Pardew’s door. Same as Ranger hasn’t been a bad boy but was stretchered off from training on Friday. Bloody hell I’m good.

    Shot Bru, Nope.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Ciaran Thomas, Nope to. Oh and how do you get a link with your nick?

  • nufc_mad

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    i think Barton will start against stoke he was a massive loss past couple games hes a key player and i think he will be in the squad

  • shearermania

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    dont think it would be a good idea starting young ferguson against stoke – they will bully him….wrong game for him

  • MacToon

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley’s gamble for this season seems to have paid off as I can’t see us being relegated! However the odds for next season will be alot worse especially when we move 1 or 2 or more first team players on.

    Atleast it keeps some happy on here playing fantasy football or FM, writing endless lists of players names and made up values.

    IMO Ashleys goals season after season, premiership survival, no more no less.

  • MacToon

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    *especially when we move 1 or 2 or more first team players MOVED on.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if someone has carroll and enrique tatoos? I could do with a laugh.

    wolves’ 3-3 draw with spurs worries me – they will come here looking for a result, we could not just drop points to a rival but the way they play we could have more injuries and bookings leading to missing bodies in the run in
    I have a bad feeling in my water!

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

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  • shearermania

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    fickle fickle fickle……
    a win against stoke and the feel good factor is back – we will start mentioning europe – pards a brilliant manager – enrique will be staying – best is the new number 9
    a loss
    we will be relegated – why sack hughton he was the greatest manager ever – the fat man hates us and will pocket all the carroll money – enrique hates us too – barton will leave – best is pants.

    lets see which one it is…..until then -keep faith

  • Markaccus

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Supermac. I wouldn’t worry about wolves. They don’t get away with half as much when they play away, and don’t forget we have our fair share of physical players these days, not as if we had an arsenal type squad (both physically and footballing 😀 ) wolves play about one good game in four I rekon, usually at home

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    shearamania & markaccus
    thanks lads for the +ve vibes, yes lets keep our nerve & beat stoke 2-0

  • NuFc TuRnEr

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #14

    he wont start, it will be
    s.taylor – willo – collo – simps

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #15

    supermac…rather have the points in the bag and in our position rather than stuck in the bottom 3 like Wolves….Our run in is a good one…apart from Man utd, Chelsea and Liverpool we are mainly playing teams teams involved in the relegation battle…all we need to do is beat 2 of them and we’re safe…in fact we only need another 3 points to be sure. Main candidates for the drop will be Wigan, Wolves, Blackpool, Blackburn and WBA.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    does the magpie shop sell nerve tonic?

  • super bartooon

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Stoke will absolutely bully him, briliant prospect needs to gain a bit of weight to compete in this league and against the likes of stoke and wolves, but what is important is the ability and this kid has ability the rest is for Pards and carver to work on to make him a complete player.
    All in all he is a prospect for the future maybe next season.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #18

    I had a premonition about next season, last night. We had Bendtner and Sturridge as strikers, they bagged 18 each in the prem, Ben Arfa got 15 too. Joey remains driving force. Enrique leaves, but we replace him with Gibbs, who becomes the top EPL LB. Pardew springs a tactical surprise, by beginning the season with Jonas at RB, masterstroke.

    We finish 2nd and win the F.A Cup!!!

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Good, I’m happy to see youngsters players playing at Newcastle.

    Ferguson is good, but I prefer him at Left Midfielder, but I hope that he can do a good match at Left Back.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #20

    I hope that Newcastle scout Jucilei.Great player, played in one of the biggest teams of Brazil, is a great Center Midfielder, better than Carrick, Guthrie, Smith.

    He was sold for 10 million, to a Russian team.But he wants to play for Brazil National Team, so he wants to go to another team in June.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #21
  • solano

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Not a great situation or place to make a full debut…..I’ve seen him a few times at Darsley and he looks promising….his size would be a worry for me…especially given the amount of balls that will be bombarded in from corners, throws and free kicks….. but there doesn’t seem much of a choice but to blood him….it could be the making of him or it could set him back a bit in his development…….fingers crossed he comes through it with flying colours.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Gotta say,he`s a good wee player but wee being the operative word.
    With that i reckon he shouldn`t be near the field against Stoke unless we are 2/3 goals up.
    He would be bullied big time by Carew and Jones and the long throws will be directed at him.It wouldn`t be fair on him really.
    Danny at left back and Tayls at right back for me-it will help the team a lot if Joey and Ireland are back as we were far too light in midfield and out of place it seemed.
    Anyone know if KADAR is injured???

  • connor_nufc

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Shud get a start looked impressive on saturday might as well gibe him a chance

  • connor_nufc

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Shud get a start looked impressive on saturday might as well give him a chance

  • connor_nufc

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #26


    Keep dreaming kid

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Assuming Jose, Jonas, Barton and Ireland wont start at Britannia, we could do a 5-3-2 against stoke.

    ————–Nolan–Whoever’s available-

    Would probs stop the aerial threat of stoke, and having a strong centre midfield would be crucial as in any game. Just a suggestion?

  • nufc_mad

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #28

    is it me or does ferguson look about 10 in that photo haha

  • Snubs

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Ashley just wants to stay in the premiership, nothing more or nothing less? Wow another comment that’s got me in hysterics.

  • The Leazus End

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #30

    @Snubs // Mar 8, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    i would be happy with just staying in the prem this year

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Kadar is injured.He suffered a serious harmstring injury.

    My team:
    ————————-Tiote———————————————-Nolan———–Vuckic(is injuried?)—–

  • max

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #32

    i dont want lovenkrand playing.. let ireland backup best..

  • RedMissionBells

    Mar 9, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #33

    It appears that whenever there is speculation that our players are leaving, they somehow gets injured.
    For instance, Andy Carroll got injured and was shipped out to Liverpool. There was speculation on whether Barton was going to sign a contract and he too got injured. More recently, Enrique has been acting like Charles N’Zogbia prior to his departure over his comments to the spanish press and has Also been injured.
    Coincidence ?

  • Brutooon

    Mar 9, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Shane Ferguson is not the same level as enrique, this youngster need to built some muscle as a starter.


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