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.
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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