There have been reports over the last two weeks that the loan spell of Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk, will be terminated this month by Newcastle United.
Facundo Ferreyra – never made it at Newcastle
We don’t know who was responsible for getting this striker in – and at the time it looked quite promising because we were short of strikers – but it just hasn’t worked out, and the Argentine doesn’t even make the bench, and Facundo has never played for the Newcastle first team in a competitive match.
The striker was unhappy at his club in Ukraine because of the Russian rebels situation in the summer – and that has hardly improved over the last six months – so maybe the 23 year-old will try to find another club where he can play for the rest of the season.
The news is being reported in the Chronicle, and it’s just not worth paying a loan fee for a player who isn’t good enough to help the first team.
Releasing the Argentine would release a spot in Newcastle’s 25 man squad for the Premier League, so perhaps we could bring in another striker on loan this month?
Newcastle have never been too lucky with loan spells, and last year at this time we brought in Luuk de Jong but that didn’t work out either, but we still signed his older brother Siem in the summer.
Unfortunately Siem’s been out injured nearly all season.
However Loic Remy did have a successful loan spell at Newcastle last season – but he wouldn’t sign a permanent deal for us last summer – and is warming the bench mostly at Chelsea this season.
According to Lee Charnley in his interview in the Chronicle last night, it is very unlikely that any players will be coming in over the January transfer window which could have been the trigger for Alan Pardew to get out when he could, after the Palace manager’s job became vacant.
Lee also said we will not be selling any players this January – but put in the proviso that he would never say never about selling players.
The translation is that if a big enough bid comes in for any player, the way Newcastle operate under Mike Ashley is that we will sell – and sell quickly – regardless of whether we can replace him – money remains king.
What a terrible way to run a football club.
But that’s something the new head coach will be told and will have to live with – if he wants the Newcastle head coach job this summer.
They may see that as a barrier to being successful at Newcastle – and they could be right about that.
What do you think?
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