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Newcastle reject remarkably fires club step closer to Champions League last eight

3 years ago
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Newcastle fans have seen plenty of disastrous signings over the years but when it comes to loan deals, none can surpass Facundo Ferreyra.

He arrived at St James Park in Summer 2014 and managed to go a whole year without ever stepping on the pitch once.

Supposedly signed on the recommendation of friend and countryman Fabricio Coloccini, Facundo Ferreyra arrived at a club that were desperate for goals.

How on earth the Argentine striker was deemed that bad by Alan Pardew and John Carver that he couldn’t get any time on the pitch for a team that was almost relegated (saved on final day with win v West Ham), is anybody’s guess. Especially when new ‘star’ striker signing Emmanuel Riviere only scored one Premier League goal all season.

Not surprisingly, Newcastle didn’t make the deal permanent and Facundo Ferreyra headed back to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Last season he helped them win the domestic league in the Ukraine with 13 goals from 13 league starts (plus 7 appearances as a sub) and this season they again lead the table after 20 matches.

In total in domestic football, Facundo Ferreyra has scored 20 goals in 23 matches.

Whilst league football in the Ukraine may not be the highest standard, the Argentine striker has also shown real quality in the Champions League.

Usually playing the lone striking role, clearly he is a far better striker than what we saw (didn’t see) at Newcastle United.

Goals against Napoli and Feyenoord had helped Shakhtar into the knockout stages and last night, Ferreyra helped his club take another big stride towards a possible place in the last eight of the Champions League.

Trailing at home to a first half Roma goal, early in the second half Facundo Ferreyra turned a hopeful long ball from the back into a superb solo goal to equalise (watch it below).

Brazilian Fred then scored the winner to give Shakhtar a great chance of progressing when travelling to Rome for the second leg.

The WhoScored match rating system made only team-mate Fred higher than Ferreyra in their rankings for the Roma game, from all the players on the pitch.

Watch the goal below (to go straight to it, it is at 1.17).

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