Fans may have been wondering why our new loan signing Facundo Ferreyra has not even been on the bench much at all this season for Newcastle, but the news out today is not good for Newcastle fans.
Facundo Ferreyra – not showing through in training
The Chronicle is reporting that Facundo is simply not showing through in training, and maybe that’s why he saw limited playing time last season at his new club Shakhtar Donetsk, where he played only 22 times and scored 6 goals.
Newcastle’s players are supposed to be shocked at his lack of progress in training, so we just have to hope this is an accurate report – because this sort of news is going to be covered a lot today and in the next few days.
If Facundo is proving to be a bust, it would mean we have little striking power up front – as we had thought – because with Siem de Jong out for four months, it looks like the Argentine U20 International will not be able to fill the breach.
Ferreyra did not play in the U21 team’s 2-1 win over Wolves on Monday night, so maybe he is being kept for Saturday’s home game against Hull City – but this is bring interpreted as if he isn’t good enough for the U21 side – which seems a bit of a stretch.
A source close to the players has told the Chronicle this:
“He hasn’t even managed to get a regular game for the reserves.” “And there have been a few raised eyebrows in training.
“But he came to the club as a friend of the captain Coloccini and isn’t thought to be the manager’s pick.”
As we said before we just hope there is some truth in the report, and he is being compared with Xisco – who was a complete bust when he brought in from Deportivo on the last day of the transfer window back in August of 2008.
The lad simply wasn’t good enough for the Premier League, but stayed four and a half years of his five year contract, picking up a massive £50K/week in the process.
But Facundo is on a one year loan deal, and we suppose if he doesn’t come through, we could always cut the loan deal short, but when he was signed the news was that the Magpies had been tracking him for two years.
But with demonstrations and banners against Alan Pardew planned for the Hull City game on Saturday, this is looking more and more like the mess we were in six years ago.
It’s hard to see with everything going on, how we can get 3 points on Saturday,and it appears there is once again turmoil off the field.
And if Saturday is anything to go by, there is turmoil on the field also – with the players’ confidence shot.
We have two points from our first four games and are currently bottom of the league having conceded a massive 10 goals.
Things are not looking very good at the moment, and that’s an understatement.
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