Baring a miracle, it seems that Facundo Ferreyra is set to leave Newcastle United before he has even kicked a ball in anger for the first team.
Having made no appearances for the club’s first team during the first six months of his loan spell from Shakhtar Donetsk, it seems only reasonable that the club are keen to end his time with them – and that looks like it is set to happen unless the new manager comes in and sees something in the 23 year old forward that Alan Pardew, John Carver and the rest of the coaching staff missed. Unlikely.
There is interest in the player and it seems that an Italian adventure is on the cards, and a clean break all round seems ideal for all involved.
Given Ferreyra has not contributed at all in terms of goals or assists, it is safe to say the club will not miss him – but there is no doubting that the fans and you imagine new manager would ideally like to see a goalscorer come into the club this winter and provide them with another option up top.
Quite if that will happen remains to be seen and any business will, as per usual, probably be the outgoing of a top class player, and the incoming of a mediocre one at best such is the way Mike Ashley’s mind seems to work.
We have been told that the next person to take the reigns at St James Park will be a head coach and not a manager per se, meaning that from the outset, it will be clear that all recruitment will be done by the board and not by the manager – there will be no list of names, no demands on who the club want to buy – the head coach will have to make the best of what he has.
Hardly a new situation for a club in the modern game but still one that is more European than traditionally English – and looking at Ferreyra’s time at the club, it makes you wonder if it is one that works for Newcastle at all.
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