SHANE Ferguson is confident he’s coming of age at Newcastle United.
And the teenager has told manager Alan Pardew he won’t let him down if he’s given a start against Wolves on Saturday.
Ferguson, right, has come off the bench in Newcastle’s last two games, the defeats to Stoke City and Everton.
Left-back Jose Enrique, struggling with a hamstring problem, limped out of both fixtures, and is a doubt for the six-pointer against Wolves at St James’s Park.
However, Ferguson earned praise from Pardew after Newcastle’s defeat at the Britannia Stadium, the 19-year-old’s performance about the only positive from a frustrating afternoon in the Potteries.
And Pardew has hinted Ferguson would start should Enrique fail to prove his fitness.
“The manager knows that I am here, and if I’m needed, I’m ready to play,” Ferguson said.
“We’ll see how Jose is, but if he’s not fit, then I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’s me who gets the nod. You want to play in every game, especially at St James’s Park.”
Ferguson – who Pardew sees as a left-back in the long-term – can also play on the wing, and the Northern Ireland international showed his attacking prowess to carve out a shot on goal against Stoke after jinking past two players.
Reflecting on the game, Ferguson said: “I was anxious to get on more than nervous.
“I just had to show what I could, and help the team as much as possible. I know that is one of things that I have to do in the games I play. It’s been well documented, and I just want to get as many crosses in as I can.”
Slightly-built Ferguson has also insisted he won’t be bullied by Wolves should he be handed his first league start by Pardew after handling Stoke.