Facundo Ferreyra was signed on a season long loan deal from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk late in the summer transfer window as cover for the striker position, but he’s never played for Newcastle in a competitive game, and hardly has made the bench for the first team.
Facundo Ferreyra – when he signed on loan
In fact Facundo had done so little at Newcastle once the January transfer window came around that we thought Newcastle would end his loan deal, why pay for a player who cannot even make the bench?
Facundo arrived on Tyneside after Russian rebels started the fighting in eastern Ukraine, and before the latest attempt at a cease-fire there was fighting going on around Donetsk.
Facundo has been interviews in GOAL and speaking to Goal and the Argentine U20 player who turns 24 on Saturday had this to say:
“I have not been lucky enough to play due to physical problems, but I am working to get well and stay on the field because I would love to stay and play here.” “The team was already established when I arrived and when I started to feel good, I had this injury and I’m struggling with that.”
“The truth is it’s great in England because I think the Premier League is the best league in the world.” “It is a very physical league. The defenders are very strong and you must be able to withstand the rigour. Here if you are not good physically you can not play.”
“I was fortunate enough to play well in the first six months at Shakhtar, but the second was little activity. I would have liked to stay, but the situation for me and my family was unsustainable.”
“When I got to Newcastle I struggled to adapt. It cost me physically perhaps, the inactivity in Ukraine. There were many tense moments. Today I‘m thinking some of the things and I can not help feeling that is not normal, nothing that I lived there.”
“It is simple to see demonstrations with a high degree of violence in the streets or see people wearing balaclavas and armed. It was strong stuff.” “I hope to stay. If not I can return to Shaktar and see if I want to stay there or not.”
“In case I do not I will have to go on loan.” “But I will fight to see if I am to play in Europe.” “I trust my ability and think I can do it.”
While playing in the Ukrainian Premier League last year he appeared 22 times for Shakhtar Donetsk, and scored 6 goals and has 2 assists.
Newcastle are listed as having 8 injured players on Physioroom.com, but Facundo is not one of them, but last week John Carver had said Facundo was injured, presumably he has a problem with his back:
“He’s injured at the moment,” “He’s had a problem with his back. He is here for treatment.” “I sat everybody on Tuesday morning and said everybody has a clean slate.”
It’s just a little surprising that the 23 year-old thinks he has any chance of getting a permanent deal at Newcastle, and perhaps if he can get in the first team while Papiss Cisse is suspended and starts to score some goals for us – it could be a possibility.
But Newcastle would need to see some form and some goals from the young Argentine, if he has any chance at all of getting a deal at Newcastle, and we are still surprised the club kept the loan going through the end of this season.
At the moment there is no chance of Newcastle signing this player permanently.
However, we’re very willing to see Facundo come into the side and score some goals for us through the end of the season – but there;s only 10 games left for Facundo to do that.
Somebody needs to score for Newcastle in Papiss Cisse’s absence, so in that sense it’s a huge opportunity for the Argentine, always assuming he can get fit and stay fit.
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