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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  • SamBrown3

    Fantastic Player on FM 2015 – He had something like 160 goals in 120 performences for my Nufc Team, needless to say his value soared and his head kept being turned by Madrid, chelsea and Bayern, but I’ve managed to keep hold of him.
    Must admit never seen him play live, but when we have been down to our barest bones, he should have been given a chance. He has obviously pi$$ed someone off or there is a fee per game type clause in his contract

  • BrianKD

    The phrase “penny wise and pound foolish” comes to mind, they won’t pay what they need and waste it on an inferior product.

  • Demented_Man

    Worst ever loan – Stephen Ireland.  Made Siem De Jong look fighting fit.

  • RexN

    Just reminded me of Gonzalez whose signing cost us a manager. Having said that, he did get about 40 minutes on the pitch. Who knows, if we are safe after this weekend, he could get a run out against West Ham.

  • maddib

    Paul Moran

  • Sickandtiredstill

    SamBrown3 FM 2015? If only life and football worked out like PS games. You are ignoring the fact that in the real world he’s been in a sick bed most of his time here.

  • Ollie Burtons Grandad

    Switch off your PS and how about joining the real world? He ain’t played in the “REAL” first Team because:-
    A) he is shite.
    B) he is a sick note
    You really need to get out your bedroom and get a life.

  • Brian Standen

    Alex cropley

  • Hobs

    Worst loan deal: £100mill from Mike Ashley

  • TonnekToon

    Did he sign off with invisible ink ?

  • DownUnderMag

    RexN wouldn’t surprise me if he played the last game, scored a hattrick and then got signed up by another club next season and ends up being one of the top strikers in the division….just the way our luck is at the moment.

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