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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