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In-form Newcastle player ruled out until January

7 years ago
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Popular former United player Peter Lovenkrands, has called for twenty three year old Shane Ferguson to be given the chance to help cure Newcastle United’s current problems.

However, even if Alan Pardew wanted to pick the Northern Irish international he couldn’t.

Shane Ferguson has been an important player in the last two European Championship wins which have helped put  Northern Ireland proudly top of their qualifying group with nine points out of nine.

This is what Lovenkrands had to say to the Chronicle about the Northern Irish winger/full-back;

“Shane Ferguson is still a great talent and he showed this week with good performances for Northern Ireland , not least his part in the respectable 2-0 win against Greece.

“I’m glad he’s done well for Northern Ireland because it bodes well for him, if he is doing that at international level in the Euro qualifiers he can do it in the Premier League too.

“It’s as simple as that and it’s not going well for Pardew down the left, so why not give him the chance?”

Unfortunately for Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands has missed the fact that the twenty three year old left footer wasn’t included in Alan Pardew’s twenty five man Premier League squad which had to be submitted at the end of the summer transfer window.

This means that the earliest Shane Ferguson could get his chance is when clubs are allowed to make changes to their Premier League squad in January.

The ridiculous length of contracts handed out to Newcastle players, especially young players who have achieved little so far, is perfectly summed up by Shane Ferguson’s situation.

Alan Pardew didn’t even think it was worth naming Ferguson in his squad and yet the player still has two years of his contract to run, not having started a Premier League match for close on two years. The Northern Ireland player given a massive five year contract in 2011 before he had even started a single League match for United.

Another sad irony to the whole episode is that Jonas Gutierrez was named in the twenty five man squad (see below) by Newcastle United, despite as we later found out, there being no possibility of Jonas being in a position to play Premier League standard football in these first four and a bit months of the season.

NUFC Premier League 25 Man Squad

Mehdi Abeid, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Siem De Jong, Facundo Ferreyra, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback, Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi, Rob Elliot, Haris Vuckic, Tim Krul, Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor

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