Player With More International Caps Than Newcastle Games Hopes For Loan
Newcastle United continue to pay the price of having countless players they are desperate to get rid of but who were given contracts that were far too long, Shane Ferguson only one of them.
Northern Ireland international Ferguson now has twice as many starts for his country as he has Premier League line-ups fro Newcastle. The left-back/winger making his fourteenth starting line-up at the weekend and helping Northern Ireland to a 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands, creating the second goal for Kyle Lafferty.
Newcastle’s ridiculous policy of giving over-long contracts to both experienced and young players continues to backfire, as the squad is loaded with many players who have no future at the club, meaning they are filling the places of places who could contribute. This is especially suffocating for United’s hopes, with Mike Ashley unwilling to properly finance a big enough squad anyway.
Newcastle have senior players such as Ben Arfa, Obertan, Mapou and Marveuax who have no long-term future at St.James’ Park but who were given contracts far too long in length, meaning club and players are stuck with each other.
The same with younger players, Shane Ferguson was given a five year deal on the back of very little we’d seen on the pitch, so subsequently is going to still be here until June 2016 unless somebody is willing to give him an escape route and match his wages.
The same is true of many other young players who were given long contracts after achieving next to nothing; amongst them players such as Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid and Gael Bigirimana.
Obviously if you are a young lad and you are offered a five or six year deal at a Premier League club you’re hardly going to say no, especially if you’ve hardly started a first team game.
However, at Newcastle United this long contract policy is clearly benefiting absolutely nobody – the club left with players they can’t use and those players struggling to find new clubs lower down the leagues as their wages will be a big problem.
Shane Ferguson hasn’t started a Premier League game since November 2012 in a two goal defeat by Southampton. While at Birmingham last season on loan, Ferguson had a nightmare as he was only selected to start two Championship matches from December 2013 onwards.
Hopefully for the good of the club and the player, Shane Ferguson can find a permanent new home but for now he is realistically looking for a loan deal to get some pitch time;
“It felt good to get 90 minutes under my belt (for Northern Ireland), and I just need to get playing now, because I want to be playing every international game.
“If I’m honest, I’ll probably have to go somewhere else.”
Another player to impress in training…
“Alan Pardew has said he’s been impressed with me in training, but I’m still young, and so going out on loan could be a good thing for me.
“I don’t want to be sitting doing nothing, I’m not like that. I got the taste for it again, and all I want to do now is to be back playing.”
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