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.