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Remarkable tale – Newcastle disaster story helps bring down Manchester City

4 years ago
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Wednesday night and a (kind of) familiar face caught my eye as I flicked around the Champions League football.

It was predictable usual depressing stuff as Liverpool and Spurs completed easy qualification phases, just as Man Utd and Chelsea did on Tuesday.

However, over in the Ukraine what is this.

Yes, the so far invincible Manchester City were brought down 2-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk.

And who is playing the lone striker role…Facundo Ferreyra!

Yes, possibly Newcastle’s worst signing under Mike Ashley and Graham Carr, which takes some doing.

Arriving when Alan Pardew was manager in summer 2014, he spent a whole year on loan at Newcastle without ever being good enough to get on the pitch.

Turns out though that he might indeed have had some talent well hidden from Newcastle fans.

Facundo Ferreyra returned to Shakhtar Donetsk in summer 2015 and has been doing alright for himself.

He didn’t score himself last night as two first half goals from teammates beat Manchester City but Ferreyra played well from what I saw, going off after 89 minutes and Aguero scoring a late consolation after the former Newcastle man had left the pitch.

Facundo Ferreyra has started all six Champions League and scored in wins over Napoli and Feyenoord, helping his club to an impressive 12 points and confident progression to the knockout stage.

In fact he has been impressive ever since heading away from Newcastle, the Argentine striker now having scored 43 goals in all competitions from 64 starts (and 14 off the bench).

It was never going to happen after bizarrely never ever playing him but I wonder what would have then happened if Newcastle had taken up the option to buy Ferreyra at the end of his loan period.

Good luck to him in the Champions League…
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