One question about the game at Stoke City next Saturday, is that if Jose Enrique doesn’t make it because of his hamstring injury, will Alan Pardew put his faith in young Shane Ferguson?
Shane Ferguson challenging Daniel Sturridge
Shane has never let the Newcastle first team down, and indeed when he’s played for Newcastle he’s looked a very accomplished left back, with just a great left foot, and his future looks very bright on Tyneside.
With Alan Pardew willing to send the youngsters out on loan this season to get first team games, Shane would have been an obvious choice, and there are lots of Championship clubs said to be queuing up to take the Northern Ireland International on loan.
But with Jose Enrique now a major doubt for the weekend visit to Stoke, Alan can hardly afford to send the youngster out on loan right now, and the loan deadline is at the end of this month, so Shane could still see himself out on loan this season.
If Alan prefers players playing out of position this Saturday at left back, like Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson or James Perch, then he had better send the lad out on loan because the games will give him some great experience.
An upbeat Shane Ferguson told the Evening Chronicle today:
“At the minute because of injuries, it’s hard for me to go out on loan.” “They need back-up in case anyone else gets injured.” “I’m happy to be here, and to keep impressing and showing the manager what I can do.”
“I’ve just got to keep my fitness up and keep impressing.” “I’m just trying to do well for the Under-21s, and hopefully I can get recognized for the senior squad.”
“I just have to keep working hard, and hopefully they’ll be watching and I’ll get my chance.” “The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since I came off in the match against Everton. It’s been great.”
Shane Ferguson was originally a left winger and can certainly cross a ball, as we all saw in the game at Stamford Bridge earlier this seaosn, and when he signed on for Newcastle in July of 2009 on a three year professional deal, some top clubs were after the youngster, but he chose to stay on Tyenside.
“When I first came over I played left wing, but one pre-season the left-back got injured.” “I tried it there, and I’ve been learning the game at left-back.”
“We’ll see how it goes. The manager is telling me every day I need a steak and milk diet.” “I just have to put a couple more stone on!”
We think that Shane may end up playing out on the left wing for Newcastle, where his frail frame seems better suited, but of course Alan Pardew is trying to build the lad up, but when you’ve got great skills like Shane has – it doesn’t matter too much if your not well built. Skill will always beat the rough play of lesser skilled players.
We have great hopes that Shane can become a top player at Newcastle – be it at left-back or out on the left wing – he’s got one terrific left foot – that’s for sure.