These Two Lads Have Great Futures At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • LewSpi

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Ha. Stop posting Ed! I need to go to work but you have me glued to my computer.

  • UpTheRoad

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Love Shane Ferguson, exciting player!

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardew does appear to be a top man-manager and he seems to be quite strict and only plays players when they are putting in top performances in training, particularly with the youth players.

    Top job Pards!

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    (you could say ‘professional’ instead of ‘strict’, i guess)


    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Just dreamt that Liverpool best Everton 4-0 in the semi final and therefore Europe isguaranteed for us hehe

  • Beattie25

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Fergie going to be brilliant

    Santon going to be Wrold Class

    With regards to Ba

    I see a few conspiricy theorists/shit sturrers are in this morning.

    Concerning his recent bad attitude, it is clear to me he his frystrated with his own performances, nothing more. I remember an interview where he said he didnt care about scoring as long as he contributed to the team. He struggled, was substitued and got upset. To say he has fell out with Pardew or he is playing bad because of Cisse is ridiculos and pure here say.

    Next topic is to those of you that think he is a saint because he comes accross nice in interviews and state ‘He is not like Tevez or Balotelli’. This is the same Demba Ba that went on strike at Hoffenhime and refused to play to force a move to Stoke. When that fell through he signed for West Ham and jumped ship straight away to join us. He is no saint.

    I love Demba Ba because he is passionate, he plays for the team, he doesnt sulk on the pitch and he has supreme quality. He is no saint but this adds to his quality as a player. Ultimatley though if he leaves, he leaves.

    Every Newcastle team I have ever supported had one player that was irreplacable, that was until Andy Carroll. I thought he was irreplacable but this season has made me see that nobody is. Seemingly the only people we cannot afford to loose is Graham Carr and dare I say MA. The thing that defines our club is heart, passion, grit and fight with moments of quality thrown in for good measure.

    We are joint 4th and some of our players are average at best but through togetherness we have pushed so far. If one duck doesnt want to fly with the flock, let it leave and bring in another to keep the shape.

    Yes if Demba leaves it will be hard to take (more so for the financial implications of loosing a £20 million striker for peanuts) but if leaves he will just be a flash in the pan in the rich history of our team rathert than a man who can make history for us.

    Finally if there is a £7 million relase clause at least we get £4 million and the improved payment from the PL for finishing 6th or higher thanks to the goals he scored. He cost nowt and whats to say he’ll be any good at PSG? IMO the release clause will be if and buts, whens and hows and that whomever signs him will end up paying a lot more than £7 mill. Mike Ashley is not that stupid and there has been no rush to sign him up on a new contract, not even in Janurary with the top 4 sniffing. Something doesnt make sense so lets keep it that way instead of needlessly guessing and bringing down the positivity. Optimism channels through the fans and into the team. We should be giving Demba a reason to stay rather than saying goodbye now and getting shitty about it.

    Nuff said

  • Toonbyblood

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Predicted Wigan and Everton wins last weekend. Same feeling tells me Everton will beat LiverFool.

    Anyway if we get 5th do we still need a Liverpool result to get in to Europa?

  • bob

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    There is certainly a lot of crap posted on here about who will go or stay just wrap up and enjoy the moment!

  • Beattie25

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9




    it is a moment we shall enjoy for a long long time. Did you enjoy your 4-0 drubbing last week?

  • super magpie

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Dosent ba’s clause only come in if we finish in the bottom half? If so, we have nothing to worry about.

  • tarie4

    Apr 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Good comment..i completely agree with you.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Santon is better without doubt, I am from the same town as Ferguson. I rather come though Inter Milan youth system than a small Northern Irish club. He already plays for a decent Italy side

  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Always liked Ferguson and I think we are going to see a lot more of him. But please stay clear of injuries lad.

    Also completely off topic, is anyone else having difficulty posting on the Chronicle and Journal blog sites.

  • toon-1983

    Apr 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #15

    guys were not just waiting to see if liverfools make the final but if chelsea win the CL then it will only come down to the top four with 1-3 CL and 4 europa long shot i know with barca v chelsea next but dafter thing have happend like makems beating arsenal say lol

  • markmac

    Apr 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #16

    2 Great young players, and maybe we have no need to buy pieters at LB afterall?

  • ToonJovi

    Apr 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Only need Pieters is Pardew is contemplating playing Santon over at RB if Simpson leaves or simply as a replacement!


    gd solid back 4!

  • Jamie McKellar

    Apr 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #18

    I like how it says “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.”

    Anyone else notice he is wearing orange in the picture below??

  • obatoyou

    Apr 14, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #19

    What if we get hammered in the champs league. Will that be worse than not going? Not that I think we will just wanted your opinion


    Apr 14, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #20

    I am hoping that we get Douglas instead of Pieters ! Who i have never really rated! Although a lot of people on here think differently!

    Pieters is reported to back in plaster with his foot! He would, if he came to us spend most of the time injured! Douglas,however, if he came to us, it will be in August, and we are supposedly in advance talks with FC Twente about an august move!

    With Douglas in the back four together with Collo and Saylor and Santon! This, with Krul in the goal! We would hardly ever concede many goals!

    Team would look something like this:


    Saylor Douglas Collo Santon

    Hatem Cabaye Tiote Jonas

    Cisse Ba

    Our bench would be:
    Ferguson,Simpson, Guthrie, Shola Ameobi, Raylor,Obertan! Sammy Ameobi!

    Douglas would be a superb signing for us! I would sign one more striker too! Non african because if we sign another African Nations players then we will be in the shit again every time that competition comes around!

    For strikers! Everyone on here has their own favourites but i know who my preferences are for! What are yours?


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