Ferguson has Newcastle future

Santon was brilliant, says Pardew

Shane Ferguson: Could be set for a big future at Newcastle

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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."

Crossing

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."