Just three years on from his disastrous loan spell at St James’ Park, ex-NUFC striker Facundo Ferreyra looks set to become one of the most in-demand free agents in Europe, with him set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk after scoring almost 50 goals over the last 2 years.
Remember him? If you do it’ll be for all the wrong reasons, with him being one of several foreign strikers who’ve been brought in on loan and failed to make any sort of impact. He failed to make a single appearance for the first team, instead scoring 1 goal in 8 reserve games during Pardew’s reign on Tyneside.
That being said, he’s had a brilliant time of it since he left – albeit in the Ukrainian League.
He scored a stunning 30 goals in all competitions last season – including 3 goals and 2 asssits during Shakhtar’s run to the Champions League quarter finals – also bagging 17 the season before.
Strangely, he’s not signed a new contract despite finding real form under in-demand manager Paulo Fonseca, meaning he’ll be free to leave this summer and sign elsewhere on a bosman.
We’re not suggesting we should take another look at him (he’s been tipped wi, but, if his goalscoring form continues elsewhere (he’s being tipped to join Benfica), then he’ll be another former flop who’ll leave us all scratching our heads a little.