When Shane Ferguson went on loan to Birmingham in February of 2013 and stayed on loan there for the following season we thought that’s exactly what the Northern Ireland International needed.
So we were more than surprised when Shane struggled even to make the bench at the end of the 2013-2014 season when Birmingham were struggling against relegation under former Newcastle coach Lee Clark and they just avoided relegation on goal difference.
That put a big question mark over his future.
Shane Fergsuon in action for Millwall
But there’s some good news with Shane and that is he’s starting to play well for Millwall on loan and he scored a couple of goals in the 4-1 home win over Colchester last Saturday although the Lions lost 2-1 at Fleetwood last night.
It seems that Shane is enjoying his football again and it helps that he is playing regularly at the Den and he’s made 16 appearances with two goals so far this season.
It seems Shane’s been practicing too much on the training field at Millwall:
“I got told off a couple of weeks ago because I was out there too long. “Everyone was in, I was the only one outside.”
We had a game the next day and I was probably doing too much before a game so one of the staff said ‘come on we have to go in now, stop doing what you’re doing’.”
“So I got chucked off!” “I’m just enjoying my football and there’s not much of a better season than winning games.”
“I have been working hard in training with my finishing.”
Ferguson can play anywhere on the left-hand side including at left back, left wing back and a left winger.
Steve McClaren will have to take a hard look at the Newcastle players out on loan in January and make a determination on who he wants back on Tyneside to help us in what looks like yet another fight against relegation this season.
Shane could play left back for the team or out on the left wing – and he works his socks off for the side too and would track back.
The 24 year-old will be motivated to play well so he makes the Northern Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in France next summer.
Somehow we don’t expect Steve McClaren to bring him back to Newcastle when his loan spell completes on 9th January and we could even sell him then before his contract expires next summer.
Shane has played 32 times for the Newcastle first team and 22 times for Northern Ireland.