Shane Ferguson – An Excellent Prospect At Newcastle

Newcastle fans seem to have taken 19-year-old Shane Ferguson to their hearts as he looks to have a very bright future on Tyneside.

Shane Ferguson – an excellent prospect at Newcastle

And Shane seems to be considering which country to play for, Ireland or Northern Ireland although he made his debt for Northern Ireland when he was just 17 years old, when he came on as a substitute in a 3–0 friendly defeat to Italy in June of 2009.

But because the game was only a friendly the youngster is still qualified to play for Ireland, which certainly has better football side than the North it would appear.

The Good Friday Agreement says that if a player eligible to play for Northern Ireland has an Irish passport, he can play for Ireland, providing he has not played a competitive fixture at international level.

Shane seems to fit that provision, but it is up to him to choose which country he plays – for he was born in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Ferguson told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I cannot really say much about it.” “I am just focusing on my club football at the minute, and whatever happens with internationals is a bonus.”

“If I keep doing well for Newcastle, the rest will take care of itself.” “I will have to train hard between now and the end of the season, and hopefully I will get another chance before the campaign ends.”

“It has been my best season at Newcastle so far.” “Hopefully I can help us gain more good results.” “I was waiting for the ball to go out of play, and asking the official how long was left!”

“It was great to get a run out – the atmosphere was brilliant.”

Ireland Chief Scout Don Givens has said that Mick Martin, the former Newcastle captain (1978-1984) and Ireland International (51 caps), has talked to Shane about playing for Ireland., and he said this today:

“Shane is making his mind up but Mick Martin has spoken to him.”

We don’t know if Jose Enrique will leave Newcastle in the summer, but in our poll, with over 1000 votes in, a full 57% expect him to leave, and only 22% think he will stay with the rest undecided.

Shane isn’t quite ready for prime time yet (maybe), and Newcastle will bring in an experienced left back this summer as cover for Jose if he leaves, but this lad will soon be challenging for a position of the left side of the park somewhere, at left back or left wing.

He’s been our Man of the Match in two of the appearances he’s made for Newcastle this year, and he looks an excellent player in the making and the youngster has a great attitude too, who has 7 first team appearances for Newcastle so far.

When Shane signed his new three year contract in June of 2009, after signing on with the Newcastle Academy in July of 2007, some top clubs were after him, but he decided to stay at Newcastle.

And after Newcastle fans have seen how good this lad is , they now know why he was so coveted a couple of years back.

It’s great to have fine youngster like Shane Ferguson at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

101 comments so far

  • Keano9

    May 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats good to hear about young Shane just concentrating on his football he’s definatly one to watch

  • Keano9

    May 4, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Hooray 1st for once


    May 4, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

    The lad is a LW not a LB we are restricting what he can do imo. He could be our Adam Johnson

  • connor_nufc

    May 4, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #4

    northern ireland r better .ul see in june

  • lewman

    May 4, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #5

    he will get his chance at lw prob in the cup games next season. he seems like a very exciting talent, him and tavernier both look as good as anything i have seen come out of our academy since maybe gazza.

  • NickeAlvaro

    May 4, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I think he is better suited to the wing, much in the same way as Bale is. Fingers crossed that he can develop the way we all hope!

  • giimps

    May 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Would like him in front of Jose, with gutti on the right, joey Tiote in cm, and prob Nolan and Ranger/Airey up top .hes gonna be a star IMHO and he needs to be given a chance vs brum before Benny is fit .
    Next season he will be chomping at the bit and should be given his chance .
    If Jose goes, get another LB, put Shane in front of him, Gutti on the right with Joey and Tiote in the middle and Benny and Whichever new striker we get up top.
    We should do ok with that (Barring injuries and suspensions) at least early on in the season, after the first 15-20 games we will see if were strong enough.
    IMHO we should play 1 up front next season and pile forward from midfield, rather than 2 up front and have a less fluid formation.
    H=Just the rantigs of a Toonfan…..waiting to be shot down…..HWTL

  • chuck

    May 4, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    I have to agree withWWJBD, the lad is a better winger than a defender, but he has to improve upper body strength to play in the PL.

    As far as who he can play for on an International level, anyone born on the Island of Ireland is considered Irish, by the government of the Republic of Ireland and is qualified to play for it`s team .
    It`s a bit obscure as to who can play for which team.
    There have been players who have played for both sides and during the early post war years both teams vied for various players.
    It`s unfortunate that unlike Rugby Union, where there`s only one side, there cant be a unified side representing Ireland in general.
    Ah well, we wont get into that.

  • Andy

    May 4, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Go play for Ireland Fergy, you may get a chance at a world cup! Anyways would like to see him start next game, push nolan next to shola shift barton inside and put jonas on the right.

  • Andy

    May 4, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Just get rid of NI. It’s only ever caused trouble for us as members of britain, the people living there and the people of Ireland

  • marcos_nufc

    May 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I read in the Metro UK newspaper web site, the full provisional England-Under 21 for European Champioship finals in Denmark (June 10-25) and I noticed that there was no Newcastle United player and I think it is worrying. Couldn`t Stuart Pearce find any good young player at Newcastle United? For example I could see a player, who plays for West Ham and another who plays for Watford. Why do these players are better than the young players at Newcastle United, which are a bigger club? We should start to reveal more good young players like Barcelona , Manchester United or even Santos and São Paulo here in Brazil. Alan Pardew should give the young players, like Shane Ferguson, more chances to play because they are our future. Besides, the young players have got more commitment to the club.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 4, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Definitely an exciting LW prospect as others have said. Too small for LB. We need a powerful pacy LB if Jose leaves. I still think we play best with a 4-4-2 formation so Ben Arfa with a new clever fast young striker we bring in this summer (hint to owner). We also need a pacy RW who can actually beat a man and stretch play to the right (another hint to owner). If Tavernier develops and STaylor comes back into form we should be all right at CB. I would like someone better than Simpson at RB with Simpson on the bench. We also need a pacy AM since Barton and Nolan are both plodders. Also cover at several positions once we part company with Smith, Perch, and Kuqi at the very least. A tall order for the summer, especially for an owner with pocket lint from the 1980’s in his wallet and a clown like Lambsarse in a key position.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    I think these youngsters below could make it and I’m assuming Enrique is gone. Ssadly I’ve lost faith with Ranger though.


    Tavernier Colo ? ?

    Jonas / Lua Lua Tiote Vuksic Fergie

    Ben Arfa


  • GeordieTwo

    May 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, forgot to mention Kadar as CB prospect and not sure best position for Tavernier but hear he is excellent. Next season Ranger has to prove himself or probably pushed aside by Airey. Here’s to a very productive summer in the players market.

  • jamesnufc86

    May 4, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    I like what i have seen on Ferguson, but i just worry bout is size, he really is just a little squirt, nice to read he’s on a protein diet though, hes too small to be put at left back

  • gorskino10

    May 4, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Like Bale and other LB he is better attacking and would thrive more in a LW posistion, atm he doesnt have the strenght Jose put on which is evident if you see Jose before NUFC and him now he has bulked out a bit which if Shane really wants to play LB he may have to do the same.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 4, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Why does everyone have this obsession with size? If he’s elusive, quick and can dribble (the qualities of the most admired players in the world), then who gives a rats arse if he isn’t He-man! He’s looked brilliant to me, the only other player in our squad who could have pulled off that run from the corner flag, is HBA. Play him AP.

  • gorskino10

    May 4, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #18

    really wanna see Ranger/Airey/Vuckic (whos back) Tavanier and Shane get s start next game or so we really need to see how they preform in EPL, friendleys and cups are a whole bit different.

  • MacToon

    May 4, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah stick our own little “Georgie Best” at LB, better still stick him in goal……

    As for international games, I’m biased and he shouldn’t play any incase of injury 😉

  • GeordieTwo

    May 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s a matter of being able to defend as well as attack ccc89. He just looks and plays like a winger to me. Very quick first few steps, has his head up looking for a forward pass, and can cross. To me having a natural left footed LW would be fantastic, then move Jonas to RW and bring in someone better than Simpson to play with him on that side.

  • colwell

    May 4, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #21

    I`m some what surprised that Tavernier hasn`t been bigged up more. He is very confident with the ball, great pace and great tackling I would love too see him get a few starts ahead of Simpson this guy I have no doubts will be 10x better.

  • giimps

    May 4, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Geordie two,
    I agree, Fergy LW Gutti RW but I reckon if Simmo has a proper RW in front of him, who understands the role (defensive duties as well as attacking) he will be good enough.
    He is still learning ,granted, but I think hes one of the many positives of this season,who has sometimes been stuck on his own on the right side .

  • GeordieTwo

    May 4, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Thanks giimps it seems obvious to me with Ferguson but who knows where Pardew will take us? You might be right about Simpson, I get a little frustrated with him, especially when he gives attackers too much space to operate. A lot of killer passes have come from opposition wingers playing against him with at least 5 yards of space and too much time to thread a pass. Are the pair of them big enough and smart enough to control the right side like Jose and Jonas control the left? Hard to say but it would be fantastic if they could. I think Jose has made Jonas a much better player on the left, not sure if Simpson can do the same on the right. All the best.

  • Toonboy_84

    May 4, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #24


    I agree about Simmo having a proper RW in front of him. He will also be better next season for having a pre season and a full EPL seasons experience behind him. He will only get better. He does need to stop giving his man so much space though. Backs off far too much.

  • Toonboy_84

    May 4, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Beat me to it Geordietwo………

  • Mark

    May 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Sign him up to another contract now before he gets better! That way no one can get him on a free next year and should he start playing regularly in the 1st Team, he’ll already be signed up so he can’t hold us to ransom for bigger wages…come on Ashley, you are always thinking about the money, make it happen

  • dazza

    May 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Great point Marco – that is always a concern. I don’t understand the difficulty we have as a club in that department. I mean Stuart Pearce played for NUFC, we must have ties to the club running through the England set-up. Why not start offering cash for any England U-16, U-17…etc that shows promise? Throw $500k at each one, hedge the bets, someone is bound to come off.

    Seems like we’ve stopped chasing the youth signings?

  • davybtoon

    May 4, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #28

    yea great points ferguson n lualua down to last year of there contracts they need to be signed up straight away, as there down to there last year that rules out loan moves for the lads n there 2 of our most exciting players goin forward mmm thats funny thats jus what we lack

  • kilcline

    May 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Would people be happy with blowing our transfer money on:

    Gamerio and Lukaka (Around 30-35m) or just one of them if we aren’t likely to spend more than £20m?

    With the rest of the squad bolstered by the likes of Larsson, Williams and Elmander?

    And if Enrique goes we buy a decent left back?

  • kilcline

    May 4, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    A pretty poor vid of young Ferguson but shows a glimpse of what he can do:

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #31


    exactly our very own beardo being a prime example. being small means you have a quicker turning circle, didn’t do maradona much harm did it !!


    May 4, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Maradona hasent half made up for it now though hasent he

  • arfa chance

    May 4, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Nor messi

  • Al-ToOn

    May 4, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Watching the Man Utd vs Schalke game and heard the Schalke right midfielder is 17 he has looked there most composed player with bags of energy. His name is Julian Draxler played 13 senior games with 1 goal. Plus he’s 6 ft which is a bonus. Anyway surely he would be worth a punt at, considering he was cpl semi final experience.

    How much you reckon £5?

  • Al-ToOn

    May 4, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Watching the Man Utd vs Schalke game and heard the Schalke right midfielder is 17 he has looked there most composed player with bags of energy. His name is Julian Draxler played 13 senior games with 1 goal. Plus he’s 6 ft which is a bonus. Anyway surely he would be worth a punt at, considering he was cpl semi final experience.
    How much you reckon £5m?

  • arfa chance

    May 4, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Jurado is immense for Schalke and farfan looks good

  • Al-ToOn

    May 4, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Lol £5 I think if that was the case I’ll buy him to clean my car.

  • Tonytoon73

    May 4, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #38

    arfa chance i agree that jurado is a class act.

  • giimps

    May 4, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #39

    I have heard Kazenga is signed up for a 5.5 year deal, not sure if its true but the same source told me the deal was done for him to go back to brighton to give him a year of championship footy too.
    We do need to tie Simmo down though, i understand from what Pards has said to the Media, there are quite a few who need tying down to longer contracts…..Joey, Nolan, Jose (If he wants) to name but a few.
    Heres hoping they sign up to the 10 year plan like I have …..HWTL

  • Geordie-Jake

    May 4, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #40

    we shud get jurado


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