Shane Ferguson Has Earned A Start On Saturday

In the last couple of games Newcastle fans have seen some fruits of Newcastle’s burgeoning Youth policy on Tyneside.

Shane Ferguson – 19 year-old was Man of the Match at Stoke City

And those were two excellent performances from 19 year -old left back Shane Ferguson, the Northern Ireland International,  who can play at left back or just as comfortably out on the left wing.

Shane had to come on after 22 minutes for Jose Enrique at the Britannia Stadium, and the lad coped brilliantly with everything in that game, and was easily our Man of the Match with 75 % of the vote.

England manager Fabio Capello has said this week that 19 year-old Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere plays without fear, and that’s also true of young Shane, who seemed unperturbed by the hostile atmosphere at Stoke, and looked a great young player in the making.

We expect that Jose Enrique will not make the game at home to Wolves, and it seems that Shane has more than earned his place at left back in the absence of Jose, and of course he’ll get loads of support from the Newcastle crowd on Saturday if he starts the game.

This is what Shane Ferguson had to say today:

“The manager knows that I am here, and if I’m needed, I’m ready to play,”“We’ll see how Jose is, but if he’s not fit, then I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’s me who gets the nod. You want to play in every game, especially at St James’ Park.”

“I was anxious to get on more than nervous.” “I just had to show what I could, and help the team as much as possible. I know that is one of things that I have to do in the games I play.”

“It’s been well documented, and I just want to get as many crosses in as I can.”

Alan Pardew is trying to build Shane up physically, on what he jokingly calls a milk and steak diet, or a protein diet, which tends to build up the body, but when you have the skills that Shane has you don’t need to be big and bulky.

And over the last two games Shane has introduced himself to the Newcastle manager with two talented performances, and certainly when Jose was injured at Stoke, Alan Pardew had no hesitation in bringing Shane on as the replacement, but only after he had given the youngster what looked like a fatherly little talk.


Alan Pardew may switch one of the available experienced defenders to left back on Saturday, and of course Steven Taylor is available and would also love to get a start, but we are hoping Shane gets the nod, and if he does he’ll not let the side down, we’re convinced of that.

The Derry-born player continued:

“It was a good atmosphere,” Ferguson went on. “They have a lot of big players, but I wasn’t intimidated.”“Wolves will be the same – I’ll just go out and enjoy my football.”

“It’s about expressing yourself whenever you can on a football field, and that’s all I’ll be thinking about.”

“We know just how important this game is, and have done for a couple of weeks.” “Hopefully, we can get the win we need, and then push on a bit.”

Wolves do have two good young wingers in Adam Hammill and Matthew Jarvis, so it will not be easy for the youngster on Saturday, but as Shane says above, the Newcastle players know the importance of this home game tomorrow, and anything but a win tomorrow will come as a disappointment to Newcastle fans.

We have no idea if Jose Enrique will commit to Newcastle in the summer, but since we put out the article this morning hoping Newcastle would make every effort to sign up Enrique, it may be that it’s already a done deal that he’ll move to AC Milan.

We’ve received a e-emails this morning saying the inside information at the club is it’s a done deal, and Jose will leave, but these are only rumors coming out of the Newcastle club, and we have no idea if they have any truth to them.

But if Jose does go, and if Newcastle can get in 25 year-old Nigerian International Taye Taiwo from Marseilles, Jose may not be missed next season.

Taiwo looked an excellent player when Marseilles played Manchester United in the round of the last 16 of the European Champions League a couple of weeks back, and is a free agent this summer.

So if Newcastle can get £10M for Jose, and then bring in Taye for free, that’s more good business for the Newcastle club.

Let’s hope one of the free agents Newcastle are in negotiations with is this powerful Nigerian International, because he would be a great signing for Newcastle, if Jose does decide to move on.

And of course next season young Shane Ferguson will be pushing for a place, anywhere on the left side of the Newcastle midfield.

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • beefman13

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Without doubt the lad should get a start if enrique is fit, and to be honest if enrique was fit i would play both down the left, we need a bit more consistancy from crosses and young shane is differant class in that aspect to jonas, he is going to become a big player for us and i think the lad more than deserves a chance.

  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Well done to the lad lets hope he has a screamer and sets up a couple of goals for whoever starts up top against Wolves…

  • lewman

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    bulk will help him, look at zidane or the old ronaldo. they both used body strength along with amazing skill and just took the p1$$ out of people.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    without doubt ferguson should be playing if everyone is fit which is looking that way then the team shoul b this
    simpson colo willo jose
    jonas ireland barton ferguson
    nolan best

  • damonmwade

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    my line up would be this on saturday (if fit)
    harper, simpson, colo, s.taylor,(jose) defence
    guttierez RW, nolan, barton, ferguson LW
    ranger, best

    subs, krul,lovenkrands,guthrie,(ireland),perch,kuqi

  • dave 1961

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    A 25 year-old Nigerian THAT WILL PLAY IN THE AFRICANS NATIONS CUP!, you could not loose a full back as they are hard to mess about with. the only 2 players that need to be constants in the team.

  • cyprus

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Match of the season tomorrow. Seems it’s not on live tv here 🙁

  • damonmwade

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    oh forgot willo, play willo cb and put taylor on the bench instead of perch

  • cyprus

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry, day after tomorrow

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    That would be my team too davybtoon. Jose/Ferguson partnership would be exciting to watch, while playing Jonas on the right will give Simpson the confidence to attack with more gusto, knowing he’s got ‘The Greyhound’ chasing back with him – Jonas will run for you all day. I’d be very confident in all aspects, playing that team.

    3-0 The Toon!!!! HWTL 🙂

  • davybtoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    3 pts on saturday would virtually see us safe if stoke n sunderland dont win wud put us 9th and the fixtures this weekend i cant c many of the teams below us pickin up points
    this weekend fixtures
    man city v sunderland (home win)
    everton v villa (home win)
    stoke v chelsea (away win)
    newcastle v wolves (3-1 toon)
    west ham v man utd (away win)
    birmingham v bolton (away win)
    west brom v liverpool (away win)
    wigan v spurs (away win)
    arsenal v blackburn (home win)
    fulham v blackpool (home win)

  • davybtoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #12

    if that happened u wud be needing 11 teams to get more points than you and are goal difference is better than all teams below us, its jus not gonna happen

  • Klatoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Shane should be alright tomorrow at LB especially with Jonas who tracks back alot,helping him out. On the Jose replacement front,Taiwo is close to joining Benfica although Mourinho is keen too,having tracked him while still Inter boss

  • davybtoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    jose is fit he trained today go look at the pics on offical website

  • Thump

    Mar 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Good words from the young lad. Hope he keeps his form up, if not betters it. LB has always been our weak link and now with Jose being pushed by young Fergie, we’re in with a canny chance of having a well rounded defence.

    …forgetting about Sol, of course.

  • john DSOUZA

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

    He should b given a start.

  • countrylad14

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #17

    if all fit were fit id go for…..

    ——————– Harper——————






  • countrylad14

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #18

    *If all were fit even

  • countrylad14

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Or we could take Englands lead which is not something i ever thought i would be saying while Capello was in charge and go 4-3-3

    ——————– Harper——————




  • geoff777

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #20

    I really don’t get these weird formations.

    We need to stick to 4-4-2 or 4-5-1

    I’m not sure Pardew will play Ferguson.
    He probably should but if Ireland is fit he’s bound to start.


    Simpson – Willo – Colo – Enrique

    Barton – Ireland – Nolan – Jonas

    (+ Any two of our Championship quality forwards)

  • t00ntime

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t hate me for saying this but if it is already a done deal ( Jose to Ac milan ) and Alan pardew knows it’s a done deal then I would put Shane in lb for the rest of the season and forget about Jose . Because like everybody says all Shane needs is experience and i think a youngster like Shane has more right to a starting place than a guy that’s already gone
    And who knows by next season Shane might be on the pitch with taiwo on the bench

  • countrylad14

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #22

    The first formation is basically 4-5-1 Collo as the DM.

    cant see Ireland starting as he lacks match fitness so i can see him coming off the bench it would be silly to chuck him strait in after so long out.

  • countrylad14

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Plus im not sure Ireland+Nolan in the centre of midfield is a good idea as neither of them will sit back and help the defence as they are both attack minded players.

  • geoff777

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Pardew will feel under-pressure to play Ireland.

    He’ll want to show the only incoming player of his choosing (HBA deal already sorted before Pardew was inflicted on us), isn’t a complete waste of time. btw I like Ireland, we needed a option-to-buy clause though …

  • max

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #25

    i dont like him playing left back, but if left wing then he is so welcome..

  • estechco

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed, I wish you’d leave it be with the Taiwo references. He came out weeks ago and said he’ll only consider a top 4 team, so I’m guessing we can forget it.

    He may have talent, but that makes him sound rather arrogant, so not sure we want him.

  • Davies

    Mar 31, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    I think we’d look best on Saturday with


    Simpson Willo Colo Enrique

    Jonas Barton Ireland Fergie



    Provided they’re all fit of course. Everyone in their best position and some real beauts on there. Easy.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Wolves are unbeaten in four, taking eight points – a record that appears to be beyond us
    so despite Kevin Doyle being out I’m afraid they will fight us to a very frustrating draw
    but in our state 1 point may be gold dust, I’ve got a growing bad feeling it will depend on the last match home to wba

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #29

    wolves last 8 games:
    NUFC. Everton, Fulham, Stoke, Birmingham, WBA, Sunderland, Blackburn
    – they know they can stay up with this run in, and could easily end up above us – they know a draw might be enough for them
    be worried! we must win!

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #30

    tell me that sunderland will try to beat wolves in that second last game! please – they wouldn’t do anything so underhand as loosing ………….

    would they?

  • davybtoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #31

    am seriously concerned about the lack of faith some fans have in our team, theres not one team in that bottom 9 teams has an easy run in, so for us to go down we wud hav to go on worst run ever weve only lost 3 in 2011 i think thats the best of all teams in it and if were not safe neither are stoke n the scum

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Our home form has killed us all season supermacnumber9. Whatever the reason we play poorly most of the time at St. James. I don’t think much of Pardew so far. That 3-5-2 formation in the last match with Campbell in the centre at the back was ridiculous. The team looked lost! No more of that I hope. Go 4-4-2 at home with 2 big forwards. Anyone except Peter up front. Get at them right from the start and we will win. 3 points are essential.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #33

    supermac9 – thats one team theres no way were going down, 2year ago i thought we were going down this not a chance we will finish on around 46/48 points we will beat wolves, birmingham, wba, blackpool even 2 wins n 2 draws from them 4 games will c us home

  • davybtoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #34

    geordietwo pards admitted he got it horribly wrong at stoke with the formation n i agree lovenkrands should not be seen again this season, ranger n best for me like

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #35

    davybtoon & GeordieTwo – thanks lads, we need to support each other as well as the team, yes I’ve been saying 2-0 for a few weeks, we should do it and stay up by 4 clear points, but as the game draws closer the nerves start to twitch
    survival is success!

  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Yes I agree davyb and supermac we will finish with 42-45 points, well above relegation. Having 1 match in 4 weeks hasn’t helped the nerves. Let’s get on with it, get the points and hope the owner pulls his finger out in the summer. Four or 5 new faces in the summer and we’re away to the races next season. Also re-sign Jose and Joey please.

  • Mac

    Mar 31, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Come on the Toon. I live in Liverpool and wasn’t gonna go to the matchbut i have to now. I can’t miss this now.

  • archaeomag

    Mar 31, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #38

    @davybtoon 7 others
    I agree with those who say we have to get behind the team . . .and of course we are bit nervous we’ve been here before and it did not go well.

    As for MA & AP and the team – I’m sure they are doing their best, but they are a mixed ability group!

  • toonitoons

    Mar 31, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #39

    Good for the young player.. hopefully he will do well 🙂

  • Partizan

    Mar 31, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Somehow i don’t see us winning tomorow,,my prediction- 1-1


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