Newcastle are expected to introduce new loan signing Facundo Ferreyra of Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow, as the deal for the Argentine striker has already been agreed, and certainly credit to Newcastle for moving so quickly, and we beat a number of other clubs to the 23 year-old Argentine striker, and Lee Charnley is showing he is more than up to the job as Newcastle’s new Managing Director, and certainly so much better than Joe Kinnear.
Facundo Ferreyra – to be announced tomorrow?
It will be Newcastle’s seventh signing of the summer, and the striker joins Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat on Tyneside.
But this signing may not be the last one this summer as evidence in the first half yesterday again pointed to a Newcastle weakness in defense, and we still think we need to bring in another center-back in this transfer window.
But Newcastle have done great so far this summer, don’t get us wrong, so we are certainly not grumbling.
We have apparently we have been following the Argentine for over two years now and the season before last Facundo had a great season at Velez Sarsfield, and he scored 17 goals in just 25 appearances, but last season he didn’t see too much playing some at the Ukrainian club.
The Argentine was one of six Shakhtar Donetsk players who wanted to leave the club this summer, because of the fighting going on in the eastern region of Ukraine – and you cannot blame them for that.
And we have already seen the tragic shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane with all 298 people on board killed, and they included dedicated Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney – on their way to support the lads in New Zealand.
And it was only in the last few days that a Dutch led team have been able to get access to the crash site – where some bodies were still lying there after over two weeks – and that’s simply shocking, tragic and disgraceful and we’ll leave it at that.
On a happier note – here are some details on our new signing Facundo Ferreyra:
- The Argentine striker has 12 appearances and 5 goals for the Argentine U20 side and will give Alan Pardew’s side a much needed goal-scoring threat up front.
- He was born in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina in 1991 and gets the nickname of Chucky and came through the Youth Academy at his home town club, Club Atletico Banfield or more simply Banfield.
- Fabricio Coloccini talked to his Argentine compatriot before the deal, and persuaded him that a Newcastle move would be best for him.
- While not a prolific goalscorer, he has scored 37 goals in his 103 first team appearances at three clubs – Banfield (56 app 14 goals), Velez Sarsfield (25 app 17 goals) and Donetsk (22 app 6 goals) – and Ferreyra is still young at just 23 and can improve a lot at Newcastle.
- Shakhtar paid £7.5M for the 6ft 2ins striker last summer, but he did not play much for the Ukrainian side last season, with only five league starts among his 22 total appearances – and he is available on a permanent deal at Newcastle for £6.4M.
The 23 year-old now has a great chance to further his career at Newcastle United in the Premier League next season.
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