Who is Newcastle United’s new striker – Facundo Ferreyra?


Newcastle United look to complete the season-long loan deal for Argentine striker, Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk. A fee of £1.6 million has been agreed which could result in a permanent £6.4 million move.

Since Ferreyra was one of several of Shakhtar’s foreign players not to travel back to eastern Ukraine after a pre-season in France, speculation increased that he would be moving to a new club this summer.

Newcastle were among a host of clubs reported to be interested having scouted Ferreyra when he was playing in his native Argentina, for Vélez Sarsfield and so the link to Tyneside was an obvious one.

However, it now appears as though the move will come to fruition. A loan deal with a view to a permanent move has been agreed with Shakhtar and Ferreyra has discussed the move with Newcastle captain, Fabricio Coloccini.

Just three days ago, it looked as though Ferreyra would be returning to Shakhtar after he publically apologised for not returning and explained that his family were worried with the situation in eastern Ukraine. After a conversation with the Director, Sergei Palkin, Ferreyra said he was happy to return and any transfers looked to have been halted.

Newcastle’s latest move looks to be going ahead regardless of this public statement. The 23-year-old striker is still regarded as an excellent prospect and so for a £1.6 million loan fee, Alan Pardew and Newcastle may have completed an astute piece of business.

Ferreyra is a good all-round striker, who developed from the lanky teenage striker at Banfield to a more physical centre-forward who often played up front alone for Vélez Sarsfield. Ferreyra has enough pace to run in behind the defence and his versatility in these different roles as well as his good finishing makes him a threat.

Still only 23, there is certainly room for improvement in Ferreyra’s game. Making his debut for hometown club, Banfield at 17 and then breaking into the first team with some impressive performances saw him linked with some of Europe’s biggest sides. A deal of that nature never materialised but a move to Vélez Sarsfield saw Ferreyra further improve his credentials. Top scorer in the 2012 Torneo Inicial when Vélez were crowned champions saw the transfer rumours resurface and so it was a little surprising when Shakhtar Donetsk won the race to sign ‘Chucky’.

Ferreyra perhaps has not reached the heights that some had predicted at that stage in his career but with room for development he could yet be a top striker in Europe and for Argentina.


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