Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra played at Aston Villa on Monday night for the U21 side, in the same game that saw Siem de Jong get 72 minutes, and according to Development manager Peter Beardsley Siem, Adam Armstrong and Facundo were all outstanding for Newcastle.
Facundo Ferreyra – played well on Monday night
Newcastle won the game 2-1 with two come-back goals from Adam Armstrong after going 1-0 down, and after the game this is some of what Peter Beardsley said:
“The boys were really good – Siem was really good, Facundo was really good and Arma was really good so we had a good core at the top of the team. The three of them were outstanding, I thought.”
“Facundo’s attitude is spot on and that for me is the most important thing in any footballer.” “But tonight he showed good ability.”
“He hit the post with a brilliant shot in the first half and is probably disappointed he missed the second one.”
“Then he did a brilliant turn around Senderos and the goalkeeper made a fantastic save.”
Facundo has been injured most of the season with various ailments such as a bad back, and he is yet to play for the first team, and it has not been a successful loan spell for him.
Facundo was brought in from Shakhtar Donetsk last August, in a belated effort to add some goal scoring power to the side, but it just hasn’t worked out.
Facundo reminds us of Ignacio Gonzalez, a Uruguayan International midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez who joined us on loan on the last day of the 2008 summer transfer window, along with Spanish U21 striker Xisco.
Director of Football at the time Dennis Wise brought those players in and it ended with manager Kevin Keegan leaving the club that September, because he was told absolutely nothing about those two players being brought in.
And he played only twice as a late substitute early in the season, and when he was actually fit again from his Achilles problems, the season was over and we were supposed to have paid £1M for the loan spell.
It seems the same thing will happen with Facundo this season, and we’re still not sure why we kept Facundo on loan in January.
You cannot accuse Newcastle of running a good ship these days – it often appears at times we just don’t know what we’re doing.