This Youngster Will Be Future Threat For Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has come out and said he’s been delighted with the form of 21 year-old Shane Ferguson this season, and with his development since Alan  arrived at Newcastle almost two years ago.

Shane Ferguson – in action against the Red Devils last Sunday

The Northern Ireland international has been ruled out of his country’s World Cup qualifying game with Portugal on Tuesday night with a hip problem and he’s stayed on Tyneside to get treatment for it, and Alan Pardew thinks the lad will be fit for our next game a week today at the Stadium of Light, where we can hopefully pummel Sunderland.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press yesterday:

“Ferguson’s development down that left is going to be a threat for us, whether he’s at left-back or left midfield.” “I’ve been pleased with him these last few games.”

“When you think about it, it was his deliveries which caused a lot of problems.”  “Fergie, I felt, played well against United.”  “We only took him off because he was tired.”

The 21 year-old was substituted in Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester United, and he was brought off as Alan Pardew says, to protect him, and he was probably suffering from his hip problem at the time too.

Alan Pardew had said over a year ago that Shane needed to bulk up on a steak and potatoes diet, but we don’t see too much evidence of that in the physical appearance of Sahne these days – maybe it’s all muscle that he’s built up.

But there’s also little doubt this lad has some ability, and he’s got three assists on the season, with those terrific left wing crosses he can put over.

For the record,  Shane has made 5 appearances for Newcastle so far this season, and 23 total appearances for the club so far.

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70 comments so far

  • bambams

    Oct 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    He is another option but we need these young players now due to our injury situation. We keep hearing about how good they will be . . . Time will tell

  • beefman13

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    He is a lad who for me does not have a youngster tag anymore, he is a real top member of NUFC and can only get better imo.

    he has proved how valuable he can be already to us as winger or left back

    very valuable to us this season and a great option

    enrique was a top player for the toon a strong lad and quick as well but it took him over a season to settle, fergie has not let us down from the start including covering for enrique at the end of the season before last

    watching him come through the ranks he was always the best young lad at the club.

  • RailToon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Long time reader, first time poster. I still don’t really understand why people keep commenting that we need a striker. If we play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 (and we look awful in 4-4-2) then we only need 1 out-and-out striker and we have 4 players (including Campbell) to fill that position. Surely more of a priority is the LW role as Jonas doesn’t contribute enough to play there and I’m not sure young Fergie is really up to it either, I see him as more of a LWB. Hence why we keep being linked with wingers.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Very versatile down the left being able to operate in Left Back and as a Winger. He has shown that he can put in good crosses into the box. He can become a really big player.

    The top 3 youngsters in my opinion (in no particular order) are

    – Gael ‘Mini-hulk” Bigrimana
    – Shane ‘baby face’ Ferguson
    – Sammy Ameobi

    I’d like to see more of Abeid and Tavernier, if only for 5-20 minutes in a game.

    I think its a bit too early to bring Campbell into the Premier league. Let him get experience in Europe when he makes his cameo’s.

  • RailToon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Simmo/Raylor Saylor/Willo Collo/Perch Santon/Fergie
    Tiote/Bigi Jonas/Anita/Abied
    HBA/Obertan/Sammy Cisse/Ba/Shola ?????/Marv

  • woolerbill

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Shane is an OK player, but will never be more than that. The premier ship is not for him.

  • Krul Blow

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Is it just me or every time Cabaye strikes from outside the box (which he does 2 or 3 times every game) it is always hit with such purpose that your heart leaps and think it’s a certain goal only for it to go just wide… every time! I’ve got to the point now that when I see him take that kind of shot that I always just instantly discount it as a potential goal.

    Please Yohan, just aim a bit more centrally and you may end up with the top corner you were aiming for!


  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Your right that Fergi is no longer a youngster but wrong to suggest that he’s proven anything other than he has a future. I thought the praise following the Man u game was overstated. At times he seemed nervous almost hesitant. I see him being introduced slowly and not being an automatic starter.
    The outrage over DL interview suggests that many posters don’t understand MA’s game plan. DL is not the brightest nor the most articulate but what he said was nothing new. The aim for self sufficiency is largely an Arsenal blueprint without the bloated numbers on the books. This is to be driven by producing our own PL players via the academy, under21’s /reserves. Tweaking has already occurred in only recruiting 18’s and over but our future success will depend on an ability to successfully recruit players of the Bigi standing. DL’s reference to not having 2 players of relatively comparable standing will be achieved based on ultimately on our development programme. Those development players who are not seen as fulfilling the
    programme will leave. Fringe squad players will be sold
    just as the optimum sale of key players will create space for natural development. At present fringe players like Williamson and Simpson have had a role because the development programme is in it’s early phase. As to whether we recruit a centre half much will depend on the view as to Good’s standing at this time.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Quality players like Cabaye do things instinctively. It’s much to do with confidence which is linked with fitness.
    I share the view that when Yohan plays well we play well. Just think of our best showings last season. He’s a class act.

  • beefman13

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Woolerbill/pushy thats your opinion i have watched him in training for years and reserves and first team and he dosnt let us down at any time

    the reason valencia was brought on for man utd was the threat of fergie down the left and that was sir alex ferguson who said that. thats respect.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Some good news!

    David Crossan ?@davidmcrossan
    #nufc #cabaye fit to play v Spain after missing Japan defeat with abdominal problem

  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12

    beefmanWhat is it that your actually disagreeing with.
    That he’s an automatic selection? That he doesn’t have a lot to do still? Or are you back to just being arrogant, everyone has an opinion sunshine. Rather than being dismissive and losing all credibility try thinking that maybe i have seen a lot of his development at the club as well.
    5 a side football.

  • Krul Blow

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    I have no issue with the rest of Cabaye’s game. I think in general he’s a magnificent player and an absolutely key player for us. Just think he needs to work on getting those long shots on target… as soon as possible!

    Others are getting them in for teams higher up the table. It’s the difference between mid-table and top four I’m afraid.

    At the end of the day goals score points, not accurate passes.

  • beefman13

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    I think lots of fans have a real problem with the fact that we now want to get real value from the players we excellently scout

    players being brought in who are continually improving for us weather we get the out of contract or for the prices of a cabaye tiote anita santon benny, cisse at 10 million is worth a bit more now also, which may not be the biggest transfer fees when we bought them but are now worth mutch mutch more within a couple of seasons for me is the way forward.

    also bigi who was brilliantly scouted and has improved tons already and dosnt look out of place in the toughest league in the world most would think it has gone all tits up at SJP the exact oppossite is happening imo

    i would love some of the more less positive fans to have a chat with some of our staff and players and get their views on what sort of place the toon is at the moment

    ie spirit desire and question them on the failures as most see them

    if bloggers on here are saying we cant move forward then that is detremental to the thoughts of every player and member of staff at NUFC

    i will take their thoughts and opinions before i take those of the shall i say are less positive.

  • geordie157

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Fergs if he comtinues to develop can go on to be a good premier league player, for us.

    I’m one of a minority, and its not a priority as everyone knows centre back and another striker are what we need in jan. But i do feel next summer another winger is needed.

    I only really class Fergs and Obertan as natural wingers, Ben Arfa can play effectively there. But as for the others i’m not sure, Jonas is not effective on the wing any more, Marveaux seems to go missing and prefers to be more central, Sammy is more suited to playing on the side of a 3 man attack. A quality right winger who works hard and can cross would be a great addition.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    “that he’s proven anything other than he has a future… ” Try reading the post and you’ll see what i am saying. LOL

  • FatmanJoe

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Beefman. I think it’s more than brilliant scouting. Players like Anita, cabaye, tiote etc were hugely successful in their own leagues before joining ours. Seems a bit dismissive to say Carr and co managed to find these unknown gems. What was fantastic is that they’re being brought in for such low prices.

    Bigi too – the scouting was good, but he was a top young player in the championship and not unknown. It was the way the club were able to bring him in for a mere 1m.

    That’s going to become more difficult now. We’re a victim of our success in that department.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s defo not a left back like.

    I’ve watched him play for Northern Ireland on the wing a few times now, and he’s far better playing there.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #19

    MA sees players as tradeable commodities and it is as simple as that. Team performance is secondary to enhancing the values of individuals. The net value of the Toon goes up if our players are improved by good coaching and a reasonable performance…we do not need to win anything to trade players at considerable profit. If someone came in for Fergie (for example) at £2-3m over our estimate of his value he’d be off.

    You are wrong about the silly prices tag being a statement of intent on team stability when guys like Ba have a relatively low release clause. We simply do not know what MA will sell players for as yet. Negotiating requires bluff and these guys are poker players and gambling with the club’s assets. Purple is just another colour of gambling chip.

  • davybtoon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Magpiesflyinghigh – that fact no player was sold in the summer proves we were asking for more than clubs wanted to pay

    Fans are far to negative that is fact, they think we can’t move forward yet pardew n the players think we can n I kno who I trust n it ain’t the fans

  • pbNcl

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #21

    can anybody see the irony in the fact that we are falling into line with financial fair play, doing business with a company that profits from financial unfair play

    its almost poetic

  • beefman13

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Pushy, fans who say this is the way to do it and that is the way to do it are the ones being “arrogant”.

    let the fella who has made virtually 2 billion quid with his business acumen go about transforming the club in the way he sees fit, its his money he bought the club, he is proving you can run a football club as a business.

    So weather you dont like the way he goes about his business then that is yours and others choices, lets just see for example two years down the road were we are as a club with players with the state finacially of the club and how we are doing football wise which for most of us should be the most important thing.

    i will say now we will be doing very nicely indeed in every department

    you may say thats my SOV coming out but it is my genuine thoughts and feelings about our club

    i am man enough to say im not happy about something at the club if i was not ie ground renaming, CH getting the peddler, even this purple business is something they should have kept to themselves as it just stokes the fires for the detractors.

    That said they are trying to communicate more, he has told fans straight about the way the club wants to move and how they want to do it.

    maybe certain fans dont like what has been said, but its damned if you do damned if you dont were MA is concerned.

    i love the players we have brought in the last three seasons, nearly to a man

    a team feared throughout the land and respected by all teams.

    i like the players we have just signed as well, very much.

    Arsenal have been finding and identifying players of value and quality for years now and as we generate more money in the club in the upcoming seasons we will start to buy near their level imo.

    we may miss out on a few but who dosnt, we will still bring in quality to this football club i am more positive than ever about it.

  • pbNcl

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #23

    ill repost my personal best X1


  • pbNcl

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #24

    I like your gusto beefs

    im not quite as pro-upper management as you, but I like your optimism. what does SOV stand for btw?

  • davybtoon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #25

    There is nothing wrong with the wonga deal, hearts n Blackpool both sponsored by them n no fuss made what’s so ever so why from are fans it’s a joke, n b4 ppl say morals n ethics well why weren’t fans kicking off with northern rock for evicting ppl from there homes for not paying there mortgage

    If fans actually did there research they would see wongas apr only works at around 20%

  • pbNcl

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #26

    I see what your saying davy, but northern rock most definitely are not a company like wonga. this is clear

    if anything look at the creepy old man in the advert. this is enough hahaha

  • davybtoon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Banks are no different from wonga, in fact there worse they hide they charges were as wonga are upfront


    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Banks are very different from Wonga

  • davybtoon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Wwcyd – really think u will find they run to exactly the same rules ie they lend u money n if u don’t pay it back they charge u extra n send debt collectors
    Wonga apr is actually only around 16/20% not much more than banks

    Banks are the reason the world is in financial crisis

  • beefman13

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #30

    pbnNcl, SOV is supreme optimism valley!

    I was one of the fans for years who would chant the sack the board nonsence every couple of seasons

    i was one for getting managers evicted from the toon, i still feel most of the ones i wanted out was fair comment though ha ha, but i had to change my approach and decided to give this rewgime every chance and i have and am doing that.

    When MA first came in he seemed we were going the same way as the other regime the way we were buying players and the way we were giving the big heavy money contracts out, particulary to most players nearing the end of their careers. obviously wrong all together.

    after relegation, we had to regroup and plan out a strategy for the future, which has happened

    its a strategy which if followed through correctly can continue to produce great teams at NUFC

    it can become a snowball effect, and for three seasons it has proved that. there are still around 90 points up for grabs this season, we have had a stop start beginning to it we all know injuries have not helped to be fair either

    im just saying i go along with everything what everybody at the club feel, and that is we are moving forward. i feel they all genuinly believe that.

  • davybtoon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Beefman totally agree cabaye, tiote n santon have all recently done ivs saying they think we can get champs league

    The negative fans always moaning yet always getting proved wrong
    They said we wouldn’t go up we did, they then said we wouldn’t achieve anything with that team we got midtable, they then said relegation was on the cards when we sold Barton Nolan n Jose yet we finish 5th

  • pbNcl

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Ill agree with the problem of the banks contributing to the world problems. Im not sure northern rock as such had much in this, the bigger banks are pretty much connected northern rock is small fry

    wonga target and exploit the weak and financially vulnerable

    I appreciate the good work MA has done. which I must say is plentiful. It just dont sit right, surely we can get the same benefits with a bit of heart


    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Fundementals of their lendings are different as are the markets they target and the process the marketing goes through. The main issue people have with Wonga are the people they target and the very low standards people have to meet to gain a loan

    There is a reason why people go to these companies normally because they can’t get a loan from a bank

    I don’t actually have a issue with the Wonga deal but fact is they are very different businesses which can’t really be lumped together

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Beefie, Llambias’s rather odd and unnecessary statement would hardly engender much optimism would it? As I have said multiple times before, my concern with MA and his side kick is that they dont have the ambition to drive NUFC forward towards silverware or the CL. Forget about his business empire. What would worry me is that when we sell a purple player ( what are u on about Derek?) we will replace him with a lesser player (pink?) . Thus, Cabaye goes and an Abeid or someone similar comes in. Good for the coffers, but not for the development of the first team. Of course this was amply demonstrated in the summer. We get 5th …..would we kick on with some solid ( but safe ) investment ? To me it was something of an acid test. Hell no, we’ll spend a net 3 mill . Hopefully this will change in January, but I cant see why we whould be optimistic. We had that chance in the summer, but the club chose not to secure the players Pardew wanted, hiding behind the ” we wont be taken for a ride” ticket. Jeez, I guess 1 mill more for Debuchy would have made us the laughing stock of the football world eh?

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Davy, forget what players say – they will always say nice things . Do you think the team, as it stands, is good enough to break into the top 4? And if so, on what grounds?

  • davybtoon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Well if your problem with wonga is who they target then they are no different from gambling n alcohol company’s who target ppl with drink n betting problems,

    Fact Is 9 out of 10 ppl who use wonga are happy with the service they give n if weren’t for company’s like wonga there ppl would b in worse situation bcoz banks won’t lend to them


    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #37

    Also there’s a lot of factors which resulted in the financial crisis little bit too easy to blame banks exclusively for me but this really isn’t the place for that discussion

  • pbNcl

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    ah no I wouldnt blame banks exclusively either, not really football related tho haha

    wonga cuts a little bit deeper than 4 cans davy


    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Maybe they are but equally they aren’t far off loan sharks.

    Also how can u say 9 out of 10 people are happy with their service? Do u have any proof of that?

  • beefman13

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Davey were where you on thursday night? i did a 12 hour blogathon on the wonga deal




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