JOSE Enrique is set to return at the expense of Shane Ferguson at Aston Villa on Sunday – but the Newcastle teenager isn’t complaining.
Ferguson won praise for his performance in last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Wolves – his full Premier League debut.
The left-back had come off the bench in Newcastle’s previous two games in place of Enrique, who has been troubled by a tight hamstring in recent weeks.
However, boss Alan Pardew is confident Enrique will be back at Villa Park, and that means a return to the bench for Ferguson.
For his part, Ferguson is just glad to be working with, and learning from, the Spaniard.
“Me and him have been talking a lot,” Ferguson said. “He gives me advice and tells me just to do what I do in training.
“He said to have confidence, and go out and show people what you can do. He tells me not to worry about things. From the team’s point of view, if Jose gets back as quick as he can, that’s a positive. He’s unbelievable – the sooner he gets back the better. Learning from Jose has been a big help.”
The three points taken from Wolves last week moved Newcastle back into the top half of the Premier League, and put them within touching distance of safety.
Ferguson said: “It’s looking good now. We know what it means to the fans.
“We have to just look to finish as high as we can in the league now. We’re confident. We feel we can go down there, put on a good performance and get another win.”