Lee Clark took Shane Ferguson on loan in February, and the Derry-born player appeared 11 times with one goal for Birmingham City, and he got some rave reports for his play over the last couple of months.
Shane Ferguson – brilliant at Birmingham
And former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark, who is now the Birmingham City manager, has heaped praise on the 21 year-old Northern Ireland International today in the Evening Chronicle:
“Fergie has been brilliant for us – both at left wing and left-back.” “He has made goals and scored goals too.”
“He has been a breath of fresh air, to be honest.” “We would not hesitate in taking him back next season if the chance came up.”
That sounds like a player Newcastle could do with in the last two games of the season – doesn’t it.
And Shane himself has talked about his very successful loan spell:
“I have heard what the manager has said.” “It is good to hear. It gives me a lot of confidence.” “It is great for me as a player, to help me try to progress as a player.”
“At the moment it is just about playing and hopefully keeping it going.” “I just want to play games. I have enjoyed my time here at Birmingham.” “Everyone has made me feel welcome.”
We expect Shane to be on the bench at QPR on Sunday, and he may get to play on the left-wing in the second half to provide some of those pinpoint crosses for Papiss Cisse.
And Sammy Ameobi is also back in the Newcastle squad – after his koan spell at Middlesbrough – where he made 9 appearances with one goal, and will also be available.
It will be interesting to see if Sammy makes the bench on Sunday, after 18 year-old striker Adam Campbell has been on the bench in the last few games.
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