Ferguson has Newcastle future
Alan Pardew has praised Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson, claiming the youngster has a 'big future' at Newcastle.
Last Updated: 13/04/12 12:33pm
Alan Pardew has praised Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson, claiming the youngster has a "big future" at Newcastle.
Ferguson played his part in the Easter wins over Swansea and Bolton, coming off the bench in both matches.
And the Newcastle boss feels the 20-year-old left-sided player has given his team something different as they continue their unlikely push for a Champions League spot.
"I am a big admirer of him," Pardew told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
"Shane gives us a bit of energy - he is positive. You could tell we were lacking energy.
"We were not bright in the mind against Swansea and Bolton - they were two tough games for us."
And Pardew has encouraged the wide-man to keep putting balls into the box, adding: "He wants to cross the ball and that is brilliant when you have the strikers we have.
"He put a few crosses in and won us a few corners.
"He did his job defensively - he has a big future here."
Pardew also reserved praise for Italian full-back Davide Santon after the 21-year-old returned to the side over Easter and impressed in the home win against Bolton.
Pardew said: "I thought Santon had his best game for us - he was brilliant."