The days of spending big and importing ready-made talent seem to be long gone â€“ and if that leaves a few complaining about lack of ambition, Ferguson is only too happy to applaud manager Alan Pardewâ€™s progressive approach.
â€śIt is a different club from a few years back, that is true,â€ť fullback Ferguson told the Sunday Sun.
â€śThe manager has made a big difference. Heâ€™s been fantastic for us younger lads.
â€śHeâ€™s not afraid to give us a chance and it gives us all so much confidence to know thereâ€™s an opportunity for us there.
â€śAt Stoke last year he gave me a chance when it would have been easy to go for someone more experienced â€“ he did the same in an important game at Nottingham Forest too. Itâ€™s a good thing for the football club.â€ť