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.

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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).

  • Wor Lass

    maybe Colo knew more than we gave him credit for. I expect Saivet will be creating goals for Messi next season.

    • Nut

      Colo was on the argentinIan internationall scene and would have known alot more about him than most.

      The fact that no one respected that and was willing to give the lad a try was crazy. He and Dombia once fit might well have run rings round defences and been better than what we havery now.

      We could have bought him for a pittance.

      • Paul Smith

        I just knew he was more than decent in football manager and that game generally gets things right when it comes to young prospects believe it or not.

  • Toon

    Why didn’t he play? Let’s have a Mag poll, I’m thinking the results will be astonishing

    • Peaky Magpie


    • Dillon Tovak

      Why don’t we listen to a pundit embarrass themselves by giving a reason?

      • Rich Lawson

        Could be another wonderful Graham Porter article ?

  • paul mclaughlan

    It’s “Ukraine”. “The Ukraine” equates to saying The England. Don’t do it again.

    • Dillon Tovak

      You do hear people say the Ukraine.

      • paul mclaughlan

        You do. And it’s wrong. Any self respecting fan of The Wedding Present should be able to confirm this.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Something that may be correct but I don’t like is referring to a Portuguese or Japanese person as “the Portuguese” or “the Japanese” to me it sounds plural.
          Like referring to Harry Kane as the English.
          But then again, I am an idiot.

          • paul mclaughlan

            Hmmmm. Opened a right can of worms there. Eh?

          • PhilK

            For your information Ukraine means “Borderlands” in slav. So “The Ukraine” isn’t so wrong after all

          • paul mclaughlan

            You didn’t give me one piece of evidence to suggest Ukraine is called “The Ukraine”. Where I can provide this piece of evidence provided by the BBC.

            “”The Ukraine” is incorrect both grammatically and politically, says Oksana Kyzyma of the Embassy of Ukraine in London”.

          • Peaky Magpie

            I like referring Harry Kane to a fuc*ing cheating bas*ard…

          • Dillon Tovak

            Tis true, I caught his thing on the brits yesterday and he’s such a gormless [email protected]

          • Peaky Magpie

            I saw that and your description of him is perfect…🤣

          • MadMag83

            Commentators are always calling Ronaldo “The Portuguese..” I’ve always thought the Portuguese were the people of Portugal. However I don’t know of any equivalent so meh

          • Dillon Tovak

            It should be Portugueseman like Frenchman, Scotsman, Englishman ect.
            The Portuguese just doesn’t sound right does it.

  • ghostrider

    This stuff happens in football all the time.

    • Danimal


      • MadMag83

        I think it’s a line from Plato’s Symposium.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    He’s still better as the spirit of a “Serial Killer” inhabiting the body of a child’s doll !

  • Nut

    I remember watching his debut in a friendly, he came on and looked the part almost as soon as he came on the pitch, I could see quality there then even though he didn’t do much.

    What surprised me is that we never really got to see him play.

    CollucinI recommended him so he definitely was not going to be a bad player.

    Bothe he and Dombia were not played and should have been given a chance, had they we might not have landed up in the boat we have been in.

  • Paul Smith

    No different to Doumbia. We sign lots of players that for whatever reason fail to perform for us… Perhaps it’s the fact they are always coming into a dysfuntional team / club. Perhaps it’s the pressure. Perhaps it’s the atmosphere at the stadium. Our fans normally jump to the players not adapting to “the pace and power of the premier league” thing… but I think there’s more to it than that.