Shane Ferguson Has Been Brilliant For Newcastle

As expected Alan Pardew will give 19 year-old Shane Ferguson a summer fitness program, so he can become stronger and able to cope with the physical rigors of the English Premier League.

Shane Ferguson – could become a great player for Newcastle

It;s been noticeable that Shane has come out of many games this year, with about 20 minutes to go, and it seems he doesn’t have the stamina at the moment to play all out for 90 minutes.

Of course that can easily be remedied,  and a diet is one thing that the Newcastle manager will have the youngster on this summer, and maybe even a summer weight training program.

Alan has joked about having him on a heavy protein diet of steak and milk.

Whatever happens to Jose Enrique this summer, Shane Ferguson would not be out of place if he started for Newcastle next season at left back, if  indeed Jose elects to leave.

But Newcastle will still bring in a more experienced left back in the summer if  that happens.

Pardew told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“We’ve got to get him stronger.” “Fergie hit the wall against West Brom on Sunday.”

“But he’s still young and developing – that’s where these players are at. They’re not there yet.”

“If they do the work, they’ll threaten the team.”

“Fergie was brilliant. It’s such a shame he couldn’t see the game out.”

Certainly Shane has looked the part on every single game he;s played this year, and if his form continues into next season, you have to believe this lad will be a starter  in some position on the left side of midfield.

Shane is already a big favorite with the fans, not only because he looks a great young player, but he’s also a smashing lad.

Ferguson has a bright bright future on Tyneside. 😀

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • G

    May 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Can run, can pass, can read the game quite well for somebody so young. Can only get better too surely? Deffo one to watch.


    May 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I am very impressed and excited by this lad really hope we keep him next season and he gets his chance in the team. LuaLua aswell

  • Markaccus

    May 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Went to the game on sunday, first one in quite a few years, and enjoyed watching fergie cause WBA problem after problem down the left. He’s very quick, has great ball control, and his tackling is good for such a young player too, the perfect replacement for jose if he goes, and useful left winger.

  • LondonMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I cant wait till his about 21 goign to be a force, shame his not English could of sorted the LM position out for the next 10 years!

  • a.barry

    May 24, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    this lads on the back of my top. one for the future thats for sure, he looks like he is a very hard worker who wants to do well.He also has bags of talent we cannot ask for better than that.

  • G

    May 24, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    LondonMagpie, I am quite pleased he is under 21, as it means we don’t have to submit his name in the official squad, and can still call on his services, without breaking FA regulations.

  • Magpietillidie22

    May 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc Rumours of Menez of Roma coming to Newcastle have been checked out and aren’t true.

    Chronicle journo on twitter


    May 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Yeah I just saw that Magpietillidie22 and I like Ryder but on transfer issues I dont trust anything from the Chronicle or Journal because they have to do what NUFC say or they dont get inside access

    So this could be a smoke screen probably not on this issue though

  • LondonMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9


    But he isn’t going to choose us its between Ireland or N.Ireland! Am i wrong?

  • G

    May 24, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #10

    I was referring to our Prem squad under the new rules (assuming this season we have to name our squad again), not the England squad LM. lol.

  • LondonMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh haha been a long day at work so far.

    I just want to hear some juicy transfer news

  • G

    May 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Perhaps if I had called it the official 25 man squad showing home-grown players etc, I could have made it easier? Long day here too, been in since 7, not finishing till 7, and need to find time to do some training too.

  • wynsleap

    May 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Ferguson looks a real prospect. Quick feet, good skill, bags of confidence and a grafter too.
    Can’t agree with Pardew about him “hitting the wall” on Sunday. United certainly hit the wall once he went off.
    It’s an easy option taking off the kids but there again top managers play the men on form and don’t pander to players just because they’re popular dressing room characters.

  • G

    May 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Didn’t exactly look like he was huffing and puffing from where I was sat either wynsleap? Don’t seem to remember him getting a knock or anything either.

  • chuck

    May 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Lets not get carried away Ed.
    Kids a decent player, but he appears a bit immature physically, not a lot of stamina and get`s pushed around.
    I have said before his physique is more suited to that of a fast winger (Giggs) than as a stopper RB.
    Just needs a bit of upper body strength and muscularity and he will be fine.
    We cant expect a lot from someone so young yet.
    As for the steak and milk diet, what is this the nineteen fifties for gods sake ?
    Perhaps some of the EPL players wanting to extend their careers, should take a leaf from Giggsys bookand try a combination of diet and yoga, they may be surprised at the results over time.

  • toonfan09

    May 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16


    dont think it was the yoga or the diet it was all the extra cat he was getting on the side…. used the word cat cos dont know the age range on this site

  • H26

    May 24, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Hello everyone, read the blog for ages so finally decided to register in order to leave my “pearls of wisdom”.

  • sticklebricks

    May 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Seems like a genuinely nice lad and definitely one of the better youngsters at the club, looks like he’s a favourite of AP aswell.

    I don’t think he’s ever going to be a world star on the same stage as Ben Arfa/Enrique have the potential to be but definitely a solid LW for us for many years to come.

  • Cardboy

    May 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Totally agree the lad’s got star quality.

  • Nathaaan

    May 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Anyone else spot the rash on his neck? Is this the new top by any chance?

  • toonfan09

    May 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #21

    na thats just some lass he was with the other night


    May 24, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Shane is world class , very impresd wit this kid 🙂

  • connor_nufc

    May 24, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Better play for NI rather than the scum ROI

  • gorskino10

    May 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Class act but shame he only problem (well 2) lacking a bit of strenght, but that is something he can work on. but atm he seems a little scared or nervious of making a mistake the more and more he gets used to SJP and being in the first team picture he will settle down and then we will see how good Shane can truely become, nice to see these youngsters come through, Any more news on that French kid from Lens? have we signed him officially?

  • stestickle

    May 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    this kid could be class but deffo left wing

  • connor_nufc

    May 24, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #26

    He can go f**k himself

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 24, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #27

    connor_nufc I agree he is from the same town as me but when to a fenian school

  • davecokes7

    May 24, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #28


    This is a football blog so why dont you keep your stupid opinions to yourself you idot. People like you are a prime example of why Shane wants to play for the Republic. Who would want to have to deal with bigots like you.
    Why do you think so many young NI players come South to play. So before you judge him why not take a long look at yourself because people like you are the exact reason he will play for Ireland. Its ironic really and the fact it makes you so angry is funny. Grow up.

  • davecokes7

    May 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I should have said idiot mistyped!

  • chuck

    May 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Crawfordladdi7 & Connor_nufc

    I have to agree with Davecokes7, take your bigotry somewhere else, it`s not wanted here !

  • IrishMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Shane is a great young player, good pace and skill, wasn’t too impressed with his crossing sunday though.
    Hopefully i’ll get to see plenty of him in both Newcastle and Ireland (ROI) jerseys next season and for years to come. The more experience he gets the better he’ll become.

  • connor_nufc

    May 24, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #32

    We spend r money on training these players up , he played for NI at every youth level and the senior yet he goes and plays for the republic wheres the loyalty in that?

    Its not bigotry its about playing for the country where u were born and raised!

    Were only a small country and yet a bigger country can come and hand pick r players but yet we cant take thiers? Wheres the fairness in that?

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 24, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #33

    We wont be like than to Shane if he kept loyal

  • IrishMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Thought Shane had one parent from the North and one from thr Republic, is that not the case? If so then he’s entitled to pick which ever side he wants.

  • connor_nufc

    May 24, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Then y play for NI at every youth level? Wasting our gd money to develop him

  • davecokes7

    May 24, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Would it not have been easier to say that than

    ” Better play for NI rather than the scum ROI ”

    Which is what you said above. So do not try and backtrack now and plead poverty on behalf of NI. Players born in on theisland have the human right to choose North or South. And to be clear I do not care about religion I think its all bollox to be honest but why would a catholic play for protestant fans who give him constant abuse?? Granted it is a somewhat small minority but it is still present. If the situation were the same in the South I would bear no grudge to a player who wanted to play international football not get abuse. And as I said above this is a football blog so how about we stick to the football. Ps hope your enjoying the match 4 nil and counting…

  • connor_nufc

    May 24, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #37

    We dont give them abuse untill they jump ship . We actually give shane a warm welcome wen he played for senior team .

    As u can see tonyt we need all the players we can get.
    He doesnt even reply to calls from nigel worthinghton . Nw thsts just disrespectful to say the least

  • IrishMagpie

    May 24, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m from the republic, my wife has one northern parent and one from the south, i’m neither catholic nor protestant. For me its just about the football. Maybe he didnt think he’d be good enough for the republic at youth level so went for the north, he realises now he is good enough so he may switch.
    I can understand people getting annoyed about it because he’s a real talent and training these players does cost money but i cant understand anyone bringing religion into it or calling ROI scum because of it.

  • connor_nufc

    May 24, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Ok im sorry about calling them scum

    I was angry at the time cause they were talking on skysports news about how many players have switched countries

    And all of yous who think its only the north who are sectarian ur having a laugh. the crowd at the game in dublin are booing steven davis

  • davecokes7

    May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40

    I agree that he should take the calls 100 % out of respect. But as IrishMagpie said above bringing religion and describing people as scum is shocking and out of order. I am simply making the point that you cannot have a go at a lad for making a choice. Be angry at the powers that be for making such a rule if you believe it is wrong but do not call people scum. Listen if you want your more than welcome to Paul McShane I think any Ireland fan would welcome seeing the back of him!!


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