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Magpie Youngster Can Help Team In Vital Run-In To Season

11:10 am, Friday, March 23rd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

After 20 year-old Shane Ferguson played so well at left back at the end of last season, we’re surprised we haven’t seen more of the lad from Derry, Northern Ireland this season.

Shane Ferguson – in action for Northern Ireland last month

Of course Shane made a bad start to the season when he and Danny Guthrie were both injured in our friendly game at Darlington in July, and both lads had an interrupted start to the season through injury.

Shane suffered a serious injury to his ankle that night, and he took a number of months to recover from it, and also missed the US tour because of it.

And Shane has only recently recovered from a groin problem he  suffered while playing for Northern Ireland in their 3-0 loss to Norway, and Shane looked a very good player in that game.

Shane (one of my favorite movies),  will be in the Newcastle squad for Sunday’s game at West Bromwich Albion, and will likely be on the bench.

It’s been a really frustrating season for Shane, but the lad can help Newcastle big time in the run-in to the season, since he’s fit once again.

Alan Pardew talked about the 20 year-old left sided player today:

“Shane Ferguson has a good chance for the weekend.”  “He has been out for two or three weeks.”

“And he’s not played much for us this season. But he had a great game for Northern Ireland against Norway and he’ll be feeling a lot, lot stronger for it.”

Since Shane returned from international duty at the end of  February he’s had a muscle problem, which is why he hasn’t been on the bench this month.

We could even see Shane back at left-back in the Newcastle side, although David Santon, James Perch, and of course Ryan Taylor, can also play in that position.

We’d love to see Shane get a few run-outs over the last 9 games of the season, and help Newcastle get as many points as possible.

For the record,  Shane has so far appeared 13 times for Newcastle, unlucky for some.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Shane Ferguson

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    good old shane, always saw him as more of a left winger at least until he bulks out abit. crackin little player though

  • 2 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM


  • 3 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM


  • 4 Rotonda heights // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM


    santon colo willo jonas

    cabaye tiote fergie

    hba cisse ba

  • 5 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM


  • 6 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    no way

  • 7 Alan_Pard_Who // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Regarding the mike Williamson statement!

    Does anyone else find it funny that for 4 weeks in a row mike has come out in pre match press confrences stating that we need to be aware and try and cut out mistakes?!

    This coming from the man that last week silenced 52 000 cheering fans, electric of the papiss goal, by trying to dribble, loosing the ball and nearly conceding.

    That singular moment changed that entire game.

    Jog on mike.

  • 8 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    gunna be 442 or 451

    or with simpson rb santon lb

  • 9 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM


  • 10 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    ba looks like he could do with a rest, but have him on the bench

  • 11 Owldman // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Sadly Shane is a bit light weight and picked up an injury just at the time he was about to maybe get a few games for the fist team.Cant see him bulking out much perhaps get in the gym & get a bit more muscle.No doubt the coaching staff are working on it

  • 12 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    i think his skinny frame is what putting Pardew off from starting him. .

    would love to see him in the left wing maybe when we are comfortably leading.

  • 13 martoon // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    jakesome – I can see what you were trying to do – but it didn’t quite work – and you gave up before the ‘st’.
    Alan_Pard_Who @7 I think the players have to be available for press interviews on Friday so they have to say something positive. He is hardly likely to say “Yes I was cr*p against Norwich and should be dropped”

  • 14 Toon Tang // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    loose 6 stone in 4 week banner is giving me nightmares

  • 15 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    dang was hoping nobody noticed.
    willo just needs to look at collo and get some of his composure and belief because he is a good defender 70% of the time. but we paid 1 mill for him so………..

  • 16 jakesome // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    think we need a new pic of tiote on the banner he looks a bit fat and also doesnt have mr t hair

  • 17 jayphoto // Mar 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    @juanpeterbeardsley (from previous post) I actually completely agree! Im a massive santon fan but the last 2 times pardew has taken him off at half time we have looked far more balanced! Not sure ferguson is our left back answer tho, I prefer him in left midfield to be honest! He plays like an old fashioned winger, whipping balls into the box and beating players!
    would like to see perch play right back too!

  • 18 markmac // Mar 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    @12. Yeh ive said before myself i think he needs to bulk up a little, maybe get him in the gym AP!

  • 19 beefman13 // Mar 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    great to hear fergie might get some quality playing time, it has been frustrating trying to find out what has happened to him i thought he had been dropped out of the squad altogether, i wasnt happy with pardew if that had ov been the case, tyhing is he is the same height and weight as danny simpson ,taller than cabaye and a bit heavier as well, i think this lad is top drawer and the best of all the young players at the toon in my opinion, ive seen virtually every game he has been involved inn as i follow the reserves as well and i can promise all on here he has got real football strength, a baby face but that hides a steely determination, i have a fav at the toon with tiote and fergie is my next fav toon player,, he wont let us down and is a massive prospect for us at the cathederal of passion!

  • 20 mickg108 // Mar 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    If Simmo needs a boot for not signing,play Santon RB,Jonas LB & Fergie LW,,,Jonas hardly delivers on the wing ( Last Sun excluded) so Fergie’s lightweight would work in his favour & Santon comes in on the right anyways..

  • 21 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Mar 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM







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