It was great to see Shane Ferguson back in the side, in those last few minutes of yesterday’s 3-1 win at West Brom.
Shane Ferguson – 14th appearance for Newcastle yesterday
Shane came on to replace the injured Papiss Cisse, who was carried off on a stretcher, but the good news there is that Alan Pardew said after the game it was only cramp and Papiss will be fine.
Ferguson always looks a good player when he gets a game for Newcastle, and he showed up well on the left wing yesterday, and he is now one of the few purely left footed players at Newcastle, along with the great Ben Arfa of course.
We have to hope Shane will get more playing time in the last eight games of the season, as he can play anywhere on the left hand side of the field.
It was yet another positive to take out of the game yesterday for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who said he was pleased to have the 20 year-old fit again:
“Shane will deliver crosses into the box and take us up the pitch.”
“We haven’t really got a natural left-footer in the team. I’m very pleased to have him back.”
Alan must have fogotten about a certain Hatem Ben Arfa, who has a pretty good left foot. 😀
And Shane could even come in and do the job at left back – if called upon – which is exactly what he did last year when deputizing fopr Jose Enrique, and we hardly missed Jose.
For the record Shane now has 14 appearances for Newcastle over the last two seasons, and he has two caps for Northern Ireland.
Alan Pardew recently noted that Ferguson had an excellent game in the 3-0 defeat by Norway, in Michael O’Neill’s first game as the new Northern Ireland manager.
It looks like Shane could be a regular for Northern Ireland form now on, if he keeps producing those kind of performance in International football.