When Shane Ferguson came on in Newcastle’s two Easter weekend games, he again looked good in the black and white stripes of Newcastle United.
Shane Ferguson tussles with Steven Caulker at Swansea
Shane played great at the end of last season, when he came in for the injured Jose Enrique at left back, but he’s looked good on the left wing in the last couple of games, and he’s an intelligent player who rarely gives the ball away.
Pardew wanted to build 20 year-old Shane Ferguson up physically over the summer, and while he doesn’t look much bigger than last season, he’s probably got a lot more muscle on him these days.
Shane is a good winger, and he can put some lovely crosses over with that left foot of his, and Alan Pardew thinks Shane is coming into top form at just the right time:
“I am a big admirer of him.” “Shane gives us a bit of energy – he is positive.” “You could tell we were lacking energy.”
“We were not bright in the mind against Swansea and Bolton – they were two tough games for us.”
“He wants to cross the ball and that is brilliant when you have the strikers we have.” “He put a few crosses in and won us a few corners.”
“He did his job defensively – he has a big future here.”
It was plain to see against Bolton what Shane’s instructions were, and he worked very hard on defense, as well as trying to inject some skill and energy down the left wing, and he achieved both goals and provided some energy into the Newcastle play.
We thought last season that Shane could possibly be the first team left-back this season, but an injury in the pre-season game at Darlington seemed to put an end to that.
Davide Santon – great game against Bolton
And Shane may not be able to get in at left back these days, because another Newcastle youngster, Italian International Davide Santon, has played very well for the club since he came back in at Swansea.
Alan Pardew has handled both players extremely well this season, and he had this glowing comment to make about Davde’s play against Bolton:
“I thought Santon had his best game for us – he was brilliant.”
Davide Santon has appeared for Newcastle 22 times in his first season on Tyneside, and Shane Ferguson has 7 appearances to make it 16 appearances in all for Newcastle over the last couple of seasons.
Both lads appear to have very bright futures ahead of them at Newcastle.