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IT JUST AIN’T HAPPENING: Former Newcastle starlet Ferguson struggling in Millwall spell

Newcastle United's Shane Ferguson looked the goods when he burst onto the scene in late 2010, impressing as a 19-year-old.


Then in the back half of the 2011/12 season, as the Magpies achieved a fifth-place finish in the Premier League under Alan Pardrew, Ferguson was again showing promise.

Fast forward four years and the Northern Irishman is at the crossroads, after underwhelming loan spells at Birmingham City (twice) and Rangers - the most recent blighted by injuries.

Ferguson is currently on-loan at League One side Millwall, on a six-month loan deal. The 24-year-old has spent the majority of his time at The Den watching from the bench, having made just one start in the Lions' first eight games of the season.

Ferguson came on as a 70th minute substitute in Millwall's most recent clash, a surprise 2-0 loss to Southend United.


Newcastle fans have waited patiently for this seed to flower, but even the most patient of Toon supporter must surely be wondering: is this really the same player we saw a few years back?

For a player with obvious talent, it seems strange that Ferguson is unable to break into the starting eleven of a team that currently sits 14th in England's third tier.

Ferguson recently made a substitute appearance for Northern Ireland in a 1-1 draw with Hungary in a Euro 2016 qualifier. It's a good thing Ferguson isn't a regular Twitter user, as he won't have wanted to read what the Twitterati had to say about his cameo in that match.

Ferguson is still young enough to turn things around, and there is plenty of time this season for the left-footer to make an impact, be it on the wing or at full-back for Millwall.

But to make an impact you have to be on the pitch, and Ferguson seemingly has a long way to go before impressing Millwall boss Neil Harris, and becoming a Lions regular before even being considered by Steve McClaren at St James' Park.

Tim McGlone
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