Newcastle’s 20 year-old left sided player Shane Ferguson could pick up his second cap for Northern Ireland next week.
Shane Ferguson – shown in Northern Ireland colors
Shane has been called into the Northern Ireland squad by new manager 42 year-old Michael O’Neill, who was at Newcastle from 1987 through 1989.
And former Newcastle goalkeeper Tommy Wright, who was at Newcastle from 1988 through 1993 and then played 3 times for Bobby Robson on loan in 1999, joined up with O’Neill as the new Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach.
There were concerns that Shane would follow in the footsteps (so to speak) of Darron Gibson, Shane Duffy, Paul George and James McClean and play for Ireland, and take advantage of a FIFA ruling, but even though former manager Nigel Worthington accused him of doing that, Shane has stuck with the country of his birth.
Nigel Worthington was also fired, and it seems O’Neill knows all about Shane, and it seems he’s brought him into the squad as a left-back, although he can play just as well on the left wing.
And only yesterday there was talk he could join other top Newcastle youngsters Haris Vuckic and James Tavernier out on loan, and Shane talked about that possibility:
“Yes there was talk of a loan.” “It depends how it goes with injuries, but in the meantime I am staying at Newcastle. And keep working hard in training.”
“I just want to get a couple of opportunities.” “I just want to show everybody what I can do and push my way into the team. Hopefully I can.”
“The lads have been fantastic all season.” “We just have to continue and bounce back against Wolves.”
After the rout at Spurs 12 days ago Newcastle fans will be hoping for a win on Saturday against a manager-less Wolves side, who are third bottom of the league.
Wolves only just avoided relegation last season in those last 45 minutes of the season, as if scores had remained as they were at half-time, Wolves would have been relegated.
Newcastle seem to have a knack of bouncing back after they have lost a game, and Shane is hoping the lads can play well on Saturday and get all 3 points
“It wasn’t our night at Spurs but it is now about how well we bounce back.” “We’re back at home and it’s one we’ll be looking to win.”
“We have Yohan and Tiote back so we have a great chance.”
Shane has made four appearances for Newcastle this season and has 13 appearances in total for Newcastle over the last couple of seasons.
We’re not sure whether he will be sent out on loan, but he could surely do a job for Newcastle in the last 13 games of the season.
This lad can still make it big on Tyneside, probably as a left winger, and we hope to see him get another run-out against Wolves, after looking impressive in the last 45 minutes at Tottenham.