As Newcastle comfortably progressed to the third round of the Capital One Cup last night, one man could be forgiven for cutting a rather frustrated figure on the United bench.

Facundo Ferreyra would have been hoping to make his Magpies debut when he was named on the subs bench at Priestfield but was not called upon by his new manager, leaving many wondering where his first team football is going to come from.

Instead of blooding his new Argentine striker, Alan Pardew instead chose to bring Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez and Yoan Gouffran off the bench and leave the on-loan 23-year-old waiting for his chance.

Of the three subs brought on by the Newcastle manager, it was the introduction of Gouffran that confused me.

86 minutes had passed and the central striker Emmanuel Riviere was to be replaced, so why not give Ferreyra a cameo debut? Gouffran was instead picked – a player that has played all 180 minutes of Newcastle’s league games and is hardly in need of match fitness.

With Newcastle favouring the 4-2-3-1 formation this season, there is only room for one main striker to play up front, slightly ahead of Siem de Jong. Riviere has got the nod in every game so far this season and Perez has looked bright enough to make substitute appearances in all, which makes game time potentially hard to come by for Ferreyra.

The on-loan Shakhtar Donetsk striker has an impressive goal ratio – he averages a goal every two games in his career so far – and scored for Newcastle’s under 21 side against Bolton last Monday, so to see him as an unused sub in a League Cup game against Gillingham was a surprise.

Only time will tell if Ferreyra gets the first-team minutes to warrant his move from Ukraine but it has certainly not been the dream start he might have wished for.


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  1. Sol

    Maybe it’s because he’s a loanee & not a Toon player that he wasn’t used, just maybe the manager thought that his own players need game time outwith the EPL to get them match fit for playing EPL games instead of someoone who is a loanee & may not stay at the Toon or maybe he didn’t think like the rest of us, who knows lol

  2. Andrew

    Perhaps because our manager doesn’t have a clue and is the worst manager in my lifetime, and I’ve suffered through Souness and Allardyce.


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