One of Alan Pardew’s jobs is to get everybody fit and ready to play this season, and it seems he has not exactly been taking it easy on new boy Facundo Ferreyra.
Facundo Ferreyra – two games in first three days at Newcastle
Facundo only joined the club last Sunday, on loan for the season from Shakhtar Donetsk, and he’s played two games already – the first was in the 3-1 win against Schalke on Sunday in Germany, when he was introduced in the second half.
Ferreyra started the game at Huddersfield on Tuesday night, where we drew 2-2, and Pardew started in a 4-4-2 formation with the Argentine up front with Manu Riviere, so he’s seen action in two of his first three days at the club.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about his new striker:
“We’ve been a bit hard on him as he’s only just arrived.” “He looks tired, but he’ll get used to it. He’s got a great mentor in Fabricio Coloccini to look after him. He’ll be OK.”
“It’s about getting everybody’s timing, intelligence and mindset right.” “It was nice to see us pushing for the win at the end.”
Facundo has a lot of potential but that’s all it is at the moment, and one of Alan’s jobs this season is to get the best out of the 23 year-old Argentine.
If Facundo does well then Newcastle could take him on permanently for £6.4M (€8M) at the end of the season, or even before that.
And he will be helped by captain Fab Coloccini being his mentor, as he starts to get to grips with the tough English Premier League.
We are hoping the Argentine does (very) well next season in the Premier League.
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