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Pardew Guilty Of Over The Top Claims About New Signing Facundo Ferreyra

7 years ago

After a conversation with Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini, Facundo Ferreyra claims that he did not need to think twice about signing for United.

The striker refused to return to the Ukraine due to the current political unrest, so a short-term loan deal was the obvious solution for both the forward and his club.

Newcastle have the player for the coming season with an option to buy at the end of it, a figure of around £6.4m reportedly the fee if they decide to buy, with £1.6m paid for the year’s loan on top of wages.

While the striker could prove to be a decent signing, trust Alan Pardew to make some over the top claims about the player which don’t really stand up to any scrutiny.

Facundo Ferreyra first;

“I spoke to my friend Fabricio Coloccini and when he told me about the club, I did not need to think twice.

“I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me then it was a very easy decision to make.

“I’m very pleased to sign for Newcastle United.”

Then over to Alan Pardew;

“Facundo Ferreyra is somebody we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio Coloccini, we think he could be a bug success here at Newcastle.

“He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that at Newcastle United.

“This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly regarded in Argentina.”

When Pardew refers to Facundo Ferreyra playing at the ‘top level’, so far the 23 year old has played for Argentina’s Under 20s (never involved with the senior team), while at club level he has played in the domestic leagues in both Argentina and the Ukraine, none of which could be described remotely as ‘top level’.

The only real claim to ‘top level’ football is one start in the Champions League when Shakhtar had a goalless draw with Bayer Leverkusen. Apart from that, Ferreyra’s European competition experience consists of  68 minutes of appearances as a substitute, split between a handful of Europa and Champions League matches.

Why put extra pressure on a new signing by making such stupid claims about a striker who has never played for his country, nor played in a top domestic league, he wasn’t even first choice for Shakhtar last season and only started five league matches.

To watch a video compilation of Ferreyra goals click [intlink id=”45610″ type=”post”]HERE[/intlink].


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