Ferguson Will Be Pushing Santon For Starting Position


Shane Ferguson had a good game against Bordeaux last night, and we think he will be putting pressure on 21 year-old Davide Santon for the left back starting position at the club, if he continues to shine like he has in the last three games for Newcastle.

Alan Pardew – looks like he was happy last night

Shane is second in our poll for Man of the Match behind Gabby Obertan, and he was cool and assured at the back for the Magpies, and he showed once again he put in some great left wing crosses, and this time Cisse was on the end of one, and he put it home in true striker style – all in one movement with his left foot.

Of course Shane is just as comfortable in the left wing spot, and he plays just as well there, and maybe that could be his best position, as he’ll get more opportunity to put those crosses in.

Ferguson said the lads were buzzing after the game, and it was probably Newcastle’s best performance of the season so far, and on a par with how the lads played most of last season.

This is what Shane told the local press today:

“It’s three in three and to be honest I don’t know what’s going on!” “But seriously I’ll just keep working hard in training each day and practising those sort of crosses.”

“I want to keep getting better at getting it in the right place. Papiss just got there at the right time.” “And it makes it so easy when you have Papiss and Shola waiting in there.”

“All of the lads were buzzing after the game because we knew we’d played so well.” “It was fantastic and everybody in the dressing room was buzzing.” “The football we played was fantastic and was a brilliant night to be part of.”

“We knew it was going to be a tough game but we came through with flying colours.” “Bordeaux are a very good side. Hopefully I will be involved again.” “I’d love to get that chance against Man United on Sunday.”

“It would be a dream come true for me and something I have dreamt about from a young age.” “The atmosphere against Bordeaux was brilliant and it will be again on Sunday.” “It was a good experience and now we will look to build on this against Man U.”

“I was talking to the manager before the game.” “It was great that he came last night and that I was able to put in a good performance in front of him.” “It shows him what I have got to offer.”

Three assists in three games is not too bad for any player, but that’s what Shane has done in his last three games, and in two of those games he came on as a substitute.

There’s no doubt that Shane will now be pushing for a starting position somewhere in the Newcastle line-up, and that can be at left back or on the left wing.

The 4 times capped Northern Ireland International should see a lot more playing time from now on,  as he seems to be coming through big time at Newcastle.

That’s got to be good for the club.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:


You can also reach Ed at admin@nufcblog.com

Buy your Newcastle tickets here.

=============================================



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

262 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Definitely, but neither are strong defensively. Santon still doesnt get close enough to his man on crosses or wehn balls come into the box. Fergie will play left wing more often i think but they could be very good together.

    0
  • rainrix

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    He should really take jonas’ place tbh. I do like jonas but he is losing his ability as a winger. I think we’d be much more effective with fergie on LW. Also fergie has played lb so he should know how to defend and track back.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    However the energy down that left side will be hard work for other teams!

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Should be taking Guti’s place. Guti works hard which should be a given, but his final ball more often than not loses possession time after time

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    He would seem better at LW currently. Santon and Fergie down the left could work really well for us.

    I expect lots of rotation anyway, it’s fantastic that we have the choice – not many fans thought we’d have many this season (choices that is).

    0
  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Just read the news about jimmy.

    Although I only engaged in conversation with him once or twice, I’ve been reading his posts for the best part of a year now.
    It’s strange to think how just words on a computer screen will be genuinely missed by so many people, such is the community of this blog I guess.

    I know he’ll be watching the matches from the gallowgate end in the sky.

    Ps. If jimmy’s family are still on here, as others have suggested, can you send a short biography and some details to ed, I’m sure everyone would love to read it

    Howay the lads.

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s great when a Fergie breaks through. With 3 assists in 3 games he has to be taken seriously now as poor old Guti’s assists record probably doesn’t make great reading

    0
  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon and fergie would be great on the left, there both great attacking, but are also both defenders so we would be secure at the back aswell

    0
  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Just thought I’d pop in to say RIP jimmymagpie, we had our battles you and I but you were a die-hard Mag to the end. You will be sorely missed.

    Howay the Lad.

    0
  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Munster Mag from previous

    You may very well be proved right in the long run and time will tell all.

    But at the moment they do appear to be making hard work of it and that makes me smile a little. 🙂

    0
  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I wish people would stop thinking Fergie is a fullback. He is poor defensively, lightweight and not a very hopd header of the ball either. He should take Gutierrez’s place on the left wing

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Big Pappa…That’s how it looks from here to. Seems to lightweight to be back there. I know small FB’s can work, but something doesn’t seem right there, he seems to struggle with the back line defending business, may just be getting used to the PL / EL standard though. Has anyone seen him for the reserves at FB?

    @9…..Real or fake Ruddy, anyone know?

    0
  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Real ruddy

    0
  • bills-son

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #14

    RIP Jimmy, a legend on the blog.

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Real ruddy & beattie25
    Good on ya lads for popping on to pay your respects for jimmy hope you both start posting again soon!

    Fergie shouldnt be pushing santon because the lad is not a full back he’s to lightwieght
    Lw yes lb no

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Wizard and tads….Thanks 🙂

    Ruddy…Hope last night gave you a good re-charge of optimism.

    0
  • check the toastie

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Dont agree think Fergyu can play fullback, laenty of great full backs are small, Lahm, Cole, Baines, even Kenny Sansom, its about movement and ability not size.

    Fergy is competitive its not like he’s Marveuax or someone who cringes at the thought of physical contact.

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibizzle
    For what??

    0
  • toonLYF

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #19

    very sad news about Jimmymagpie – RIP.

    I met some Bordeaux fans after the game last night as i got stranded in Pelaw so i shared a taxi with them. Great to have an insight of what French football fans think of Newcastle etc… They loved St James Park and are staying to watch the Man Utd game. They expected a closer game with what they admitted to be 9 out of 11 of their first team starting last night, but went on to say we just had that extra bit of quality everywhere, and that due to our power we would be a force to be reckoned with in Ligue 1. Made me smile 😛

    Fantastic bunch of fans, and all 200 of them were LOUD last night, louder than the gallowgate for the majority. Though they weren’t too fond of the fact i supported Toulouse as my French club. (Bitter rivals with Bordeaux) 😉

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Check
    Marvs not a lb tho!!
    Dont see where the benefit is in dropping santon one of are most exciting youngsters why not just play the lad lw

    0
  • steveno7

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21

    I think fergy playin in front of santon would be better .
    I dont think hes physically srong enough at lb yet .

    0
  • numba9

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Play both

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #23

    tads..Just being wonderful 🙂 – No, acknowledging it was real ruddy. I realise now this was not at all in response to my question, but thanks anyway.

    Check….I’m basing my opinion on very little. Whilst he seems up to a tackle, he doesn’t seem very assured. Possibly something that comes with practice. I think for a small FB, positioning and timing is key. Things that can certainly be worked on. Who would you prefer LW then if Fergie is at LB?

    0
  • check the toastie

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Not saying drop Santon, never would, but would defo consider playing Santon RB and maybe fergy LB,

    Currently though would play Anita RB Santon LB and Fergy LW, agreed that he would be better there currently. Jonas cannot and should not play Left wing again, contributes nothing but effort.

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #25

    But Check….Where would you’re superstar player fit in? I am intrigued to see Santon at RB tbh. Can’t remember seeing him there and a fair few have been calling for it for a while. Have you seen him play there or is it based on him being right footed, so assume he could cross some in from the right?

    0
  • Gateshead-Mag

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #26

    RIP jimmymagpie

    true contributer to the blog, always gave his opinion no-matter what people thought of it.

    thoughts go out to his family, thanks for letting us know

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza
    Its easy we all know the soothing words of real ruddy!!!

    Check agree jonas is not really a LW anymore he looks far more assured in his new CM role

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Tads…I’m just never sure though, unless they’re several paragraphs long.

    Talking of Ruddys….fake Ruddy, isn’t it time to return to your own name now (or one of them at least)? We’ve lost a decent blogger today, controversial at times, but isn’t that what makes it interesting? You may have had some problem with Ruddy, but surely you’re best off dealing with it properly, via discussion, or just moving on?

    0
  • newcben

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Fergie and Jonas down the left could be really good with Fergies crossing ability and Jonas work rate and ability to cut inside.

    With that having Santon down the right with his ability to cross and get forward and HBA ability to cut in off the right.

    That would definitely keep the oppositions defence thinking…..

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Dont want to sound harsh here lads and generally if true i would love to see a biography piece wrote about Jimmy but 95% of these posts on blogs tend to be a hoax for two reason:

    1) usually somebody has hacked the account or they make a name similar to the poster which is hard to spot
    2) They have taken enough stick and decide in their sad mind to end that account and check what reaction the death gets on the blog and starts posting as another name.

    I am really sceptical about the passing of jimmymagie as lets be honest what man’s dying wish is to inform a blog full of people you dont know and some heavily criticizing his posts that he died. Also the family would be in bits and it would be the last thing on their mind to do.

    If i am wrong i am sorry and again would love to see a bio piece on the man.

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza
    Well said there are a couple on here who hold grudges far too long for, lets be honest, no real reason!
    Come home ketsy all is forgiven! 😉

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #32

    on Fergy for me i dont see him as a LB would much rather him focus on being a keith gillespie type of winger in that he just gets to the byline and whips in quality balls all day long

    0
  • newcben

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #33

    I have to disagree with anyone who says Jonas in CM, I think he panics and loses the ball too much. He also doesn’t have the passing ability to play the final ball or the footballing nouce to get in the right position. Wing or Wing Back he is best, only time before he moves back into defence I think.

    Cab, Tiote, Anita, Bigi, Pearch, Vuckic and even HBA in CM would are better I believe.
    He is an inspirational player to have on the pitch though in terms of his passion and work rate.

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #34

    tads….What is said on the blog shouldn’t be taken to heart perhaps as much as it is. But hey, we’re all passionate about the toon, for some mad reason, so I suppose it’s expected that occasionally some may go over the top. At the end of the day, we all come here to share ideas and opinions and it should be mostly enjoyed.

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Nufc83
    Very sceptical view there lad! Dont think 1) would be an option jimmywas a constant reader and would of said something by now also on the mobile version everyone has a little unique picture (sorry ibizzle tis how i really know the real ruddy!)
    And option 2) well you’d have to be a very sick individual imho

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #36

    newcben i dont agree at all i think Cm in games where we expect to be under pressure Guti can be a real asset with his tireless running and hassling of the opposition and his ability to hold the ball and win free kicks when under pressure.

    I dont see him having much influence in an attacking sense anymore

    0
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Newcben
    I have to disagree with anyone who disagree’s about jonas in CM 😉
    He plays a CDM role for us his hold up play is fantastic rivaled in our squad only by shola he can easily keep the ball with 2-3 players on him his short range passing is great he can get past players and dont think his positioning has ever been questioned

    0
  • Ashton

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Hopefully we start playing 433 from now on. Obertan playing so well has to do with his new position. No one has mentioned it yet but Obertan played on the left for the first time for us and he looked much more confident and effective. Playing on the left gives him more options and space unlike playing on the right. So he should be utilized there from now on.

    Cabaye was much more effective in the 433 last night and played brilliantly. by far his best game for us this season.

    And for the first time this season I feel like we played well and deserved the win.

    0
  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #39

    newcben….Disagree personally, he never looks composed enough for me at FB. I think he does ok in CM, obviously not better than Tiote, Cabs and I would imagine soon enough, Anita. As for the younger ones, playing Guti there is perhaps getting in the way of their development, but he does offer a huge plus to the team, perhaps when the team is firing we wont be so reliant on his hard graft and defensive duties. Shame though, but based on skill and pace, etc, he seems to be edging further away from the best starting 11.

    LYF…..Was the atmosphere not very good then last night? Very odd for 200 odd to make more noise than the Geordies.

    0
  • Ashton

    Oct 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Oh and why is everyone nuthugging Fergie all of a sudden?? He played well but Obertan played better. Everyone is putting Fergie as a lw on their starting line-up but Obertan played better and is more effective. Obertan should get the nod over Fergie on the left wing.

    0
1 2 3 7

You must log in to post a comment.