It could be a big season for Shane Ferguson coming up.
Shane Ferguson – big season coming up
Ever since he substituted for Jose Enrique a year last February and performed so very well, he’s looked a very good player when he plays for Newcastle.
And over the last few games of the season just past, when Alan Pardew brought the Derry-born lad on – he played some good sensible football, in that famous black and white striped shirt.
Ferguson can play just as well at left back or on the left wing, and of course he had a bad start to the season, being injured along with Danny Guthrie in the first 30 minutes of the friendly game at Darlington.
It’s what Alan Pardew is looking for in more of his squad players – players who can play several different positions for Newcastle.
We still think if Shane had been given a few games starting at left-back this year, he would have been just as good as he was last season.
The Northern Ireland international turns 21 in July, and Alan Pardew sees the lad’s versatility as a strength, and when asked which is his best position – the Newcastle manager had this to say:
“I don’t think it matters to him.” “I think he can play wherever I put him, a bit like Jonas Gutierrez has proven at central midfield, left back and wide up on the left of a front three.”
“Shane will get more involved. Ferguson’s a player who’s knocking on the door strongly.”
Those are encouraging words for Shane from the Newcastle manager.
And while Newcastle will sign at least three top players this summer, and replace any player who unexpectedly leaves Newcastle, the Magpies will have youngsters like Shane Ferguson pressing hard for a first team start next season.
And that just has to be good for the overall health of Newcastle United.
Shane, who stands a good 5’11” tall, has so far appeared 18 times for Newcastle, nine times in each of the last two seasons.