Shane Ferguson has looked very good for Newcastle in his two recent substitute appearances at Manchester United and at Reading, and he’s set up a goal in each of those two games with some good crosses from the left wing.
Shane Ferguson – likely to get a start against Bordeaux
Shane now seems to be a starter for the full Northern Ireland side, so he will want to push on at Newcastle and see if he can get more first team appearances, after being injured early this season.
Alan Pardew seems to think he can do that, as the Newcastle manager had this to say about the Derry-born youngster:
“He’s pushing, Fergie. I kept saying he’d have an impact with that left foot of his, and my goodness he’s made an impact this week.”
Two assists in two fairly short substitute appearances is not too bad, and Sammy Ameobi is also fit again from the injury he picked up last January, which kept him out for the rest of last season, and we could also see the 20 year-old start the game at St. James’ Park on Thursday evening.
Sammy Ameobi – in action against SC Braga in pre-season
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say about Shola’s younger brother, who was born and bred in Newcastle:
“Sammy didn’t get on at Reading because we had a couple of injuries, but I’ve said all along those two will be big players for us this year.”
We expect to see both players in with a very good chance of starting the game on Thursday night, and it would be nice to get the win, before we meet Manchester United at St. James’ Park on the following Sunday.
And for the record, 21 year Ferguson has made 21 appearances for Newcastle and 20 year-old Sammy Ameobi has made 15 appearances for Newcastle.
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