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.
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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