It Could Be Big Season Coming Up For Shane Ferguson


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.

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153 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Will be good to have our younger players coming through the system and adding strength and depth to our squad, without costing us a fortune!!

    Good business.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    On the previous thread, i don’t think Sammy Ameobi will make it great. He will just a decent player before he moves on in his career unless he makes drastic improvements in his footballing techniques.

    Like someone mentioned his first touch isn’t great, and he doesn’t know what to do when the ball is at his feet. By the age of 18, a quality player would have mastered these 2 thing.

    Sorry but Shane Ferguson has everything to be a quality winger for us. But not S.Ameobi. Hard truths.

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  • nufc_eire

    May 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    We should try and make him into just an attacking left back and concentrate on making him better in that position. Also he needs to bulk up a bit too, then he’ll be brilliant!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Sameobi is too tall to be a winger. His centre of gravity is too high to beat defenders with ease. A player with Marveaux height is the perfect winger. Low centre of gravity, able to twist and turn very quickly.

    Sameobi will be a decent striker at best. Or a centre back.

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    He Has Never Let us Down VerySolid for a Small Guy and Very Skilfull – He Deserves His Chance Like Harris Vuckic and Sammy Amiobi Etc !!!!! This Summmer Is Going To Be Very Long Without Games to Go to Until August !!

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  • Beardo

    May 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #6

    The best of our prospects bunch. Think he’s the bees-knees.

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  • jamesnufc86

    May 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    5’11 !! Shane Ferguson is 5’11 ???

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Sammy is class and a better prospect than fergy for me. Would put money on with anyone that in three years time Sammi will have done more, the next Chrissy Waddle in my opinion.

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    And there is no way Fergy is 5ft 11inches, no way.

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  • seantoon

    May 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    5ft 6 at the most surely

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  • jayphoto

    May 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    be an excellent full back in a 4-3-3 system or winger in a 4-4-2! reckon he would have played a lot more last season if not for injury, specially coming off the bench! Hoping him and vuckic can stay injury free for the season, vuckic for me will be the 1 who becomes a massive star! The touch, passing range, shooting range he has means he could go right the very top, feels like a very italian style centre mid, sort of Pirlo like!

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  • Beattie25

    May 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Fergie is 5′ 11” in heels!

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  • Phatoon

    May 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Fergie is 175cm, or just shy of 5’9″
    Sammy is 194cm, or just over 6’4″

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Looking forward to seeing players like Abeid, Sammy & Fergie getting some games in the Europa and Carling Cups. I think Fergie is going to be great LW, Abeid will become a Cabaye like midfielder i expect but i reckon Sammy’s future lies as a CF but have the ability to go on the left if needed to ala Demba Ba.

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Sammy would be more effective than Ba in a 433, that is currently not in the future, i have seen something in the kid, his bravery when taking on seasoned international FB’s (Clichy, Ivanovic) is not to be dismissed easily, he has confidence and this will mean that Obertan is surplus to requirements.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #16

    On Mark Davies signing i voted against it because he’s just a slightly better Guthrie and we need a goal scoring midfielder like Marvin Martin or Sigurdsson.
    Only player i would take from Bolton is Stuart Holden (it looked like a number of people also looked interested here on the blog) as he looks a very impressive CM and he’s still only 26 so that’s probably the highest we’d go age wise however maybe he’d not like to come or we’d want him here after i read this on Wikipedia:
    After playing two years of College soccer at Clemson University, Holden signed with English club Sunderland in early 2005. On March 12, Holden was attacked outside a bar in Newcastle, leaving him with a fractured left eye socket, which prevented him from training with the club for two months. When Holden resumed training, he suffered an ankle injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season. Holden was released after his six-month stay having never played for Sunderland’s first team.

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  • jayphoto

    May 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #17

    agree with Check! Sammi gave Clichy a tough time at the emirates, the raw potential is there, needs a lot (ALOT) of polishing though, his decision making needs to improve but he could become a really good player!

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #18

    jay – thanks for that, its the first time anyone has agreed with me for days,

    days of Simmo bashing to be fair.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19

    oh and before people start questioning me on not wanting Chung Yong-Lee either i’d say that he’s a very good player and if we sold Obertan then yes maybe however i believe we need a RWF not a RWM that Lee is so i’d be looking more at Junior Hoilett, Ola John, Matty Phillips, Wilfried Zaha and Son Heung-Min.

    Out of all the relegated sides the only players i’d like to see Newcastle maybe show an interest in are: Matt Jarvis (can play on the right or left, in my opinion England best LW but like all English players he’ll over priced and we also need a winger who can play as a forward as well but Matt cannot do that), Stuart Holden (good CM but we need to get a goal scoring CM), Steven Fletcher (effective backup but should set sights higher also he’ll be expensive and i’d like a younger CF like Rhodes), Junior Hoilett (ideally yes but it’s going to be difficult to get him), Steven Nzonzi (same as Hoilett situation however Nzonzi has never proved himself fully but his potential is clear to see and Pards would get it out of him but he’s too pricey) and Grant Hanley (would be handy but he’ll be to pricey i expect but worth a look in)
    There are others like Yakubu, Chung Yong Lee, Pedersen & Martin Olsson are all other good player but they’re either too old (Yak and Pederson) or i just think we need them (Olsson we’ve got Santon, Fergie and Dummett and Lee cannot play as a forward just on the wing).

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  • nden85

    May 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #20

    SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER THIS. Is anyone else having problems with these articles where there are lots of random characters inserted all over the place. e.g. the final line of this article looks like this for me:

    “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.”

    Is anyone else experiencing this??

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    nden85…I get that problem when i’m not logged in, but afterwards it’s fine. Bit of an odd one

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    yep, i havAe had theA thing, strangeA it seemAs to disapeAar onceA ive loggeAd inA.

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  • check the toastie

    May 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    IbizAToon thAnks for being more helpful thAn me. A true gentlemAn. The Blog currently sEEms to bE fUll of lIttle bUgs.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #24

    I like it though. I just imagine a little cartoon Italian mouse reading the article to me. Kinda brightens up my mood.

    “PardewA isA Going to A SellA all ofA theA PlayersA”

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  • sirtoongospel

    May 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #25

    5’11”??? I bet he isn’t. I am that tall and have stood next to him. He is a little flyer, around 5’8″ I would say

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  • lewytoon

    May 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #26

    yeah ive thad that problem for a few days, i mentioned it a few days ago and they all said it was just my computer, just log in and its fixed

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #27

    On the Sammi vs Fergie debate…Excited by both tbh. Not sure which one will prove to be a better player down the line. How’s that for some fence sitting?

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  • Sav

    May 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #28

    What about Tavernier? With talk rife that Simpson is leaving is no-one proposing that this kid could get a chance? Wherever he has gone on loan they seem to think highly of the young RB and he’s just captained the 7s side to victory in Hong Kong. Seems to have a great attitude and some ability so I hope he gets at least a few games next season.

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  • toonincheek

    May 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Bit of an enigma, is Sammy.

    OK, so he LOOKS like he’s got a poor first touch, and he LOOKS like he isn’t in control of the ball with those gangly legs.
    Very much like Shola.

    But Shola uses it to his advantage – defenders think he isn’t in control of the ball, go in the the tackel, and find Shola’s gone.
    The most talented player in the club, per wor Alan (at the time, obviously).
    Just maybe, Sammy is of the same ilk.

    I say, the jury’s out -it’s up to Sammy – but here’s hoping.

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  • nden85

    May 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #30

    thanks for clearing that up, its sorted it for me too by logging in, still annAoyAingA AthoughA . . . . .

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Aaye…it isA

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  • WWYCD

    May 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #32

    I get the feeling Sammy and Shane will out shine Vuckic next season…starting to think Vuckic’s days are numbered unless he proves his fitness next season as well.

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  • lewytoon

    May 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Vuckic is class, will be class

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Yo Child Beater….I think you’re right. I like Vuckic, but he never seems to be able to keep himself in shape. Shame, as he looks a tidy little player with a good shot on him.

    Would love to see some of the youngsters seriously challenge a spot in the first team next season, it’s certainly been missing this year

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Lewy…which is it? 🙂

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  • WWYCD

    May 21, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Lewy
    He is aye I don’t disagree but I don’t thin NUFC are ther type of club to keep a player whose not up to the PL game. Jimmymagpie has said on a few occassions that the feeling within Newcastle is Vuckic hasent come on as much as hoped because of his fitness. Maybe he just ist suited to the English game

    Ibiza
    Haha that nickname could get me in trouble with the fuzz mate!

    I agree our prospects need to be pushing harder next season Sammy did it this season before his injury (on reserve duty as well) Fergy did it last though he needed this season to really build himself up. Vuckic, imo, never really has seems to get half a game then out for a month, Abied was bedding in but next season I expect him to be on Vuckic’s back so even harder for the bloke to get a game unless he can prove his fitness. Hope he does because I think he could be our 3rd CM ahead on Jonas eventually

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    YO CB….does that tone it down a bit? 🙂

    All of the players mentioned show great promise, so hopefully we will see a lot more of them.

    Should be an exciting season, which is good, as this one was really boring, don’t you think? 😉

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Martin has said that there’s no point in joining a club not playing in the CL.

    So it’s pretty safe to say we’re not going to sign him.

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  • WWYCD

    May 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibiza
    Perfect mate haha.

    Aye must admit what a boring season its been, need something to brighten the next one up haha

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  • pieceofpapiss

    May 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #40

    So, to open up a can of worms from yesterday with ochytoon….

    It’s all over twitter we have signed Debuchy. Has anyone got a reliable source for this or do we write it off as twitter rubbish.

    Bear in mind it was CWarr07 who posted it.

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