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Shane Ferguson Struggling On Loan At Birmingham

9:36 am, Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

We check up on the younger players out on loan fairly often, and we had a report out yesterday mentioning that last weekend Haris Vuckic scored two goals for Rotherham and James Tavernier got one in Rotherham’s 6-0 win at home to Notts County.

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Shane Ferguson – not on bench at Birmingham

And Mehdi Abeid got his 6th goal for Panathinaikos in the 3-0 win at Olympiakos Piraeus, and Mehdi’s doing very well, and has played 25 games for the Greek club.

Conor Newton scored St. Mirren’s first goal in the 2-0 win against Kilmarnock, with Adam Campbell being introduced as a late sub after 89 minutes.

We checked up on the Birmingham game – a 1-0 loss at Ipswich and saw, not for the first time this year, that Shane Ferguson wasn’t on the subs bench.

In fact he’s not been on the bench for a number of weeks now and today Alan Pardew has talked about the lads out on loan.

We had thought maybe Shane was injured but couldn’t find any information to say he was out with an injury – and he’s not.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say in the Shields Gazette today:

“Of the players who have gone out on loan at the moment, Curtis and Mehdi have done very well, and so have Tav and Haris at Rotherham,”

“Some of the others need to get going. I’ve not heard a lot of Ferguson at Birmingham – he’s not been featuring.” “He needs to get back in that team.”

“Those guys are very important to us.” “Curtis has done well.”  “We sent him up there to play, as he wasn’t going to get many opportunities here. He’s done really well.”

Shane Ferguson is still in the Northern Ireland squad for tonight’s friendly in Cyprus, but if he cannot make the bench for Birmingham, who are not exactly doing great in the Championship this season – they are in 17th place but 9 points above the drop zone – what chance has he of making the Newcastle bench?

We always thought Shane would make it at Newcastle either as a left back or left winger, and it’s disappointing to see him not getting games at Birmingham so far this year.

Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic are doing well out on loan – as is Conor Newton at St. Mirren, and the Newcastle born player is very likely to join the Scottish club permanently in the summer.

Adam Campbell is also a regular sub north of the border at St. Mirren.

What do you think?

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Tags: Adam Campbell · Conor Newton · Haris Vuckic · James Tavernier · Loan Moves · Mehdi Abeid · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Shane Ferguson



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geordie157 // Mar 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Of the players out on loan I think abeid is the one that can step up next season. The others will go on to have decent careers just not sure if they’ll reach premier league standard.

  • 2 geordie157 // Mar 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    On santon, I can see him leaving. He’s a player I like but defensively he’s poor. I’d give dummett and haidara a go next season, of that fails go and get Aaron cresswell from Ipswich.

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Mar 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Freguson is sadly a League One player at best .

    I remember when he burst on the scene, he looked dangerous and could swing a decent cross in.

    What went wrong?

  • 4 ToonDarnSarf // Mar 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I see people are still trotting out names of managers to replace Pardew just because they’re currently doing well. I seem to remember names like Clarke, Jol and Laudrup last summer. Didn’t they do well…

  • 5 We hate isaac dunn // Mar 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Search for isaac dunn, hes a reserve winger for Charlton Athletic, he looks like a bright young rising star, apparently meant to be on the watch list for teams such as Everton and West Ham.

    The toon needs Isaac Dunn, rumoured to be the new Messi.

  • 6 jayphoto // Mar 5, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Think Curtis Good will make it as a premier league footballer! Tav seems he could be a decent back up!
    Vuckic is a strange one, think he’ll be a top league player just maybe not in england!
    Not seen enough of Abeid to comment though id expect him to go on losn to a top championship side or poor premier league side next year, maybe derby to replace hughes would be a good loan?

  • 7 toonbrother // Mar 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Ferguson is garbage. Cant believe Pardew ever dropped marveaudx for this one dimensional player

  • 8 lesh // Mar 5, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Just as well Kinnear didn’t buy him after all!

  • 9 Brutooon // Mar 6, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    ferguson wont make it, he look ok as an impact sub but when he starts – just a below average player




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