Pardew – Shane Ferguson Was Absolutely Brilliant

Shane Ferguson made his starting debut in the Premier League yesterday, and again the 19 year-old baby-faced left-back did not disappoint.

Shane Ferguson – absolutely brilliant

But early in the second half the youngster seemed to pick up a calf injury,  and had to leave the pitch and was replaced by James Perch, who will serve his one match game in the next game at Aston Villa.

We’re not too sure how bad the injury is to Shane, and whether he can play at Villa Park next Saturday, but with Jose Enrique missing yesterday’s game, the Spaniard should be fit to come back in at left back after his hamstring problems.

Alan Pardew rightly praised both the performance and character of the Ireland youngster, after the game:

“You need characters to absorb that and as I say, I mentioned Fergie, it’s before his time really, he shouldn’t be playing in a game of that magnitude.”

“We didn’t have that many bodies today he’s come in and was absolutely brilliant. That’s good work the academy and the development squad have done.”

“Peter Beardsley and Willie Donaghue saw him through today because he hasn’t done much work with us. I really enjoyed his performance.”

A nice little compliment for Peter Beardsley and Willie Donaghue there, because of course they have a very important job to do at Newcastle, as they bring the youngsters through, from the U18 side through the Reserve side to the first team.

Shane didn’t look out of place at all in this game, but somehow we see his best position on the left wing in the future, but this lad should be given some playing time through the end of the season.

And Ferguson is attracting International attention as Ireland are trying to get him to play for them, rather than Northern Ireland.

He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, and he’s already played one friendly International for the Northern Ireland side when he was just 17. However, Giovanni Trappatoni is keen to tie him up for the Ireland side, so we’ll follow that story.

Our other 19 year-old, Nile Ranger, again impressed when he came on, and he seems to be able to keep the ball a lot better than he used to.

Nile is probably better than Andy Carroll at the same age, and is picking up some good experience, when he’s brought on after 65 minutes in almost every game.,

But once Newcastle are safe in the league, we’d love to see the youngster get his first Premier League start, and his first Premier League goal too – so he can get that particular monkey off his back.

The two 19 year-olds in yesterday’s game pointed to Newcastle’s burgeoning youth system, and another 19 year-old, James Tavernier was on the bench, after he returned from his very successful loan spell at Gateshead.

Things somehow look very bright for Newcastle United this morning.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    ranger needs that elusive goal .. but as you said Ameboi was immense, as well as Nolan,Barton, and the magnificent spanish speakers Collo and Guti .. collo with this defence splitting passes .. can’t wait until we get our next win and then enjoy seeing the team have no pressure and enjoying their Premiership football .. well done lads..

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    see theres alot of talk of barton to everton .. can’t see it as everton have no money .. also we need him .. hope this isn’t true but there are alot of rumours about it..

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Dont forget Danny Guthrie was immense aswell.

  • thepict

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Joey has been our best player this season, rumour has it he wants a 3 year contract give him it. News today that Moyes not happy that he is having to sell players in the summer as sweendog says they don’t have any money.

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Ciaran Thomas .. agreed guthrie was good too ..

  • stuckdownsouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Joey was immense yesterday, but he wants a 4 year extension not a 3 year one. Even with his cut in wages that is 3m when he is 33. I want him to sign like everyone else but it’s got to be at the right price for the right length, we had Butt on big money past his best and we’ve got Smith now, who we can’t sell (forgetting that he’s injured) because his wages are too high! For all the cock ups that Cashley and Liarmeaarse have done they seem to be getting the finances right. We didn’t pay over the top for Mosses last season and he can’t make the Wigan bench and the jury is still out on Beckford. So fingers crossed Joey & Jose sign but not at any price!

  • stuckdownsouth

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Also Fergie is going to be a star!

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Fergie was amazing he for my country northern ireland!

  • beefman13

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Sweendog, with respect, what exactly did guthrie do yesterday, he did not put himself about did not want the ball at all , joey had to work extra hard to compensate, 6 touches of the ball in 90 mins in central midfield, shocking really,tiote in that position would put himself about and want the ball, we won 4-1 i am happy but guthrie has to go.

  • KazengaAsprilla

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I want to see Ferguson in a more attacking role, hows the guy ever gonna reach his potential playing out of position? I also cant wait to see more of the likes of LuaLua, Vukcic and Phil Aiey

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Shane u fenian u better play for NI(I am from Northern Ireland)

  • Alberts_tash

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Calm down man, he’s been representing Northern Ireland for about the last four years.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13

    KazengaAsprilla says:

    “I want to see Ferguson in a more attacking role”

    Dont we all KA unfortunately this club is so short sighted in terms of providing back up for injured players, (how long have we all known that we have no suitable option to replace Jose ?????) that Fergie has to fill a position in which he is not comfortable.

    Quite why it was such a surprise for a so called football professional (Pardwho ???) to find that Fergie was a good player is mystifying. Granted he got caught out a few times but he’s not a natural left back so give the guy a break.

    He will, when he plays his natural left midfield role, give us good cover for Jonas or whoever takes over from Jonas when he leaves at the end of the season.

    As for stuckdownsouth and your assumption that JB isnt worth a five year deal, if he wasnt playing yesterday we wouldnt have won.

    He already has 16 months left on his current contract so all he wants is an extension of three years which would take him to 33. During which time he’d form the basis of a creative yet combative midfield for this club for the next four seasons. If other players came into the club and replaced him in the first team then that would mean we were improving as a club. Personally I think he’ll still be playing at the top of his game for the next five years or more as he’s not just a gifted footballer but an intelligent one as well.

  • MadAboutToon

    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    hope fergie has some sense and plays for the republic, because he might end up with bullets in the post like lennon and co

  • Mag52

    Apr 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Joey Barton could still be playing as well as ever at the age of 33. Don’t forget that for various reasons he has’nt been playing as much football as a lot of players his age over the last few years, and how old is Giggsy? 43 or is it 53?

  • derekm

    Apr 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #16

    A word about Alan Smith – people keep slagging him off and I agree his career at St. james is in reality over, but I personally believe that if it was’nt for him in the dressing room at Orient last year we would’nt be where we are today. His drive, honesty and dislike of slackers came to the fore and began the team spirit that got us promoted and in all probability has ensured our only aim this year – to stay up. Let’s give the bloke some respect for what he has done and TRIED to do for our club, and wish him well for what is left of his career.


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