What Is Exactly Going On With This Mystery Player?


There have been a number of stories out this week that Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra, who has yet to make his first appearance for Newcastle this season, turned down the chance to play for the Newcastle U21 side last Tuesday at home to Middlesbrough.

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Facundu Ferreyra – what’s his situation at Newcastle?

John Carver has talked about the forward – who was signed on loan in August from Shakhtar Donetsk, and was brought in to strengthen our goal-scoring capability – but he’s never been  near the first team, and doesn’t even make the bench.

And when he was signed he was nowhere near fit enough.

This is what Interim coach John Carver has said about the 24 year-old:

“We asked him to play in a reserve game on Tuesday night at St. James’ Park against Middlesbrough, and he wasn’t ready for that, so ‘no’.”

“I felt he was ready for it but you have to trust the player – I asked the player and he said he wasn’t ready for it.”

“There’s a game next week against Derby, and I’ll ask the same question to see if he’s ready for it.”

“I think he’s been back with us now for three weeks, he has had a back problem and an injection in his disk.”

Facundo reminds us of another South American player we had on loan during our relegation season – Ignacio Gonzalez, who was a Uruguayan International midfielder signed by Dennis Wise on the last day of the summer transfer window.

Ignacio made two substitute appearances early that season and then was never seen again.

He suffered an Achilles injury in early November of 2008 and never returned, and looking back we have never had any good loan signings in the Ashley era – other than Loic Remy.

Once you are out for a long time some players may be reticent to return too early, but this lad doesn’t seem to want to play and he doesn’t seem good enough either.

So in a January transfer window when Newcastle unloaded seven players – the one we should have let go we kept.

There was incompetence shown in January by the Newcastle Board,  and this seems another example of that – when we could have saved money and should have by ending the loan deal of Facundo – we didn’t.

It’s certainly been bizarre at Newcastle since January, and why we kept Facundu needs to be explained at some time by the powers that be.

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15 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Reminds me of Marcelino and his expensive finger injury. Or was it thumb (up his ass mostly)

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Glad we took Colo’s advice when we took this guy. 2 malingerers together

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Someone bring me my chill pills! 🙂

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    No doubt we have already paid this duck-egg as much as 100 average season ticket holders would earn in a year. Ashley out, Charnley out, Carr out.

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  • scout

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Words fail me

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Munster,
    From previous,
    Graham Carr wtf, if they bought his first choices ie Remy, PEA, Lacazette, even Gomis ffs instead of the last resort Riverie we might have had a few goal scorers on the books. Riverie was only bought instead of Gomis because if things worked out he could be sold in a year or two rather than go for free, instead we will now pay his wages for five years and he will go for free anyway.

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  • stan anderson

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    So pleased when Pardew left,but the problem was worsened by installing Geordie Carver in the job.
    Pardew had a history of breaking all the wrong records and was purely a yes man to the slug.
    Anyone who would want him back at our club shows a complete lack of ambition for our club,just like the slug does.

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  • toon kk

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Stan
    the problem with our dross football is deeper than the manager, our squad simply isn’t good enough. Carvers doing no worse than Pards would have done with the players available.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Who the duck is Ferreya?
    Never heard of her.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Good signing listening to colo. Our hopeless captain. Was his recommendation right? Joke of a club.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Stan wud u rather pardew or the current incumbent to get us a few points for safety?? Carver clearly has zero to offer. Meanwhile pardew shows us all up at palace. As for carr these french guys are his choices jail. We can all say ” sign PEA and look clever. Carr is overrated.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 11, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    FF’s agents are the ubiquitous Horigen family who (if you check the link below) have a huge portfolio of exciting young players .This is a story we have heard before at NUFC under Mike Ashley, of the club doing an agent a favour with an eye to future deals

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/beratung-durch-familienangehorigen/beraterfirma/berater/1207

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 11, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    In FF’s case his brother
    Ha Ha Ha

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  • Sav

    Apr 11, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    If Carr has a crystal ball and can pick good players, doesn’t it make sense to back his choices, such as PEA, Bony etc? Mashley would have made profits on both but he refuses to back his man. But then we end up relying totally on Carr for manager and a total rebuild this summer. Go figure.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Carr has it figured out. He’ll go through the motions of proposing the likes of Bony and other proper players, creating the impression that we are “serious”, knowing full well that Charnley won’t agree to the fees, wages etc. required to make it happen. In the background he has lined up rubbish such as Anita, Gouffran and Riviere – basically players nobody wants, and who have agents desperate enough to make some money on them to give him a nice little slice of any deal. “Lee, I think I can get this lad Riviere for only six million – I reckon he might be a good buy.” “Never heard of him Graham, but if you say so. I trust your judgement, and Mike trusts mine, so let’s do it. We have to sign somebody after all to keep the unwashed masses on the terraces happy”

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