A strange season all round at Newcastle United but Facundo Ferreyra may well be the Argentine cherry on the bizarre NUFC cake.

With United desperate for extra striking options for the current season, they brought in the Shakhtar Donetsk striker on loan, with the forward too frightened to return to his club due to the political situation in the Ukraine.

Said to be on Fabricio Coloccini’s recommendation, Ferreyra was brought in with grand claims from United of what a steal the loan signing was…

Not much doubt now as to whose pocket was picked in reality.

I can’t recall a worse Newcastle loan signing, a player who has never even got on the pitch in first team colours.

Last night Facundo Ferreyra made his final appearance for Newcastle reserves, and almost certainly the club overall, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3-2 defeat at West Brom. Goals from Barlaser and Roberts, with Ferreyra getting an assist for the first but otherwise totally anonymous.

Chucky will though look fondly back on his sole goal for the reserves against Bolton last August.

With Newcastle desperate for most of the season in terms of forward options, you can only wonder why the Argentine striker hasn’t been given a single chance.

John Carver preferring to throw in a clearly nowhere near fit Papiss Cisse on Saturday despite only a couple of training sessions and no warm up matches, in comparison last night was Ferreyra’s fifth consecutive game for the reserves and yet he wasn’t even in Newcastle’s matchday squad against West Brom.

No doubt we’ll never hear the full story of exactly why Newcastle made this very strange deal but when you add Facundo Ferreyra’s loan fee and wages to what United paid for Emmanuel Riviere and his wages, then surely it would have gone a long way towards bringing in a credible striker rather than gambling on a couple of players who had very average careers at a lower level before they arrived at St. James’ Park.

Gambling on budget options is simply false economy as you lose out both on and off the pitch in the end.

Any other contenders for worst ever Newcastle United loans?

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