Shane Ferguson has played very well this season, and he is now regularly introduced as a sub into Premier League games, and starts the Europa League games, either at left back or out on the left-wing.
Shane Ferguson – man of steel
Alan Pardew had put the Northern Ireland International on a meat and potatoes diet a year last summer, but we couldn’t see much difference in his build this season, and Shane has admitted it was very hard for him to put on weight.
But that frame of his is now strong, and he is very hard to push off the ball in training, and in the games he plays for Newcastle, and James Perch has called him Newcastle’s man of steel.
Shane revealed his secret, and that he is much stronger now:
“Yes, I was put on a diet, but it’s hard to put on weight! I’m working hard with the fitness coach and I think I’m getting bigger and stronger now. I’m getting fitter and looking forward to playing more games.”
“Playing in Europe is where I want to be. It is a dream come true and I’m just happy to get any kind of opportunity but to represent Newcastle and to be part of this club’s proud tradition in Europe is exactly what I want.”
“I’m delighted to have had my chance and now it is just about pushing on.” “I’m really grateful to be back in the squad. I’m delighted to get a chance because this is a big year: I’m fit and injury-free. I’ve had too many injuries at tough times really.”
“Last season they came at the wrong time, when I just felt like I was getting an opportunity. And then when you don’t get a pre-season you’re always playing catch-up and it’s really tough.”
“In training I’ve been working on crosses and delivery for a while. Steve Stone has been taking me for extra sessions and the big thing that I was looking to improve was to try and get more assists and to have more of an impact going forward.
“I’m absolutely delighted that I’ve been able to do that to some extent.”
And it seems that Shane will get a starting position on the left-wing tomorrow night, and the two 21 year-olds – Davide Santon and Shane – get a chance to build a good partnership down the left-wing.
For the record, Shane has 7 appearances for Newcastle this season, and 25 appearances in total for the first team.
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