Facundo Ferreyra’s loan move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Newcastle United is already in danger of turning sour with some fans dubbing him the “new Xisco”
Things appear to be going from bad to worse for Newcastle United, amid reports claiming that new signing Facundo Ferreyra is already struggling to adapt and has been dubbed the "new Xisco" by some sections of the Toon support.
Signed by the Magpies on the advice of Dennis Wise for £5.7 million back in September 2008, Xisco went on to make just nine first-team appearances for the Toon, though his arrival did signal the start of a period of major upheaval at the club that ultimately ended in relegation.
And a report published in the Chronicle appears to have drawn a parallel between the Spaniard’s signing and the arrival of Ferreyra on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.
According to the news provider, the 23-year-old has so far failed to impress those behind the scenes at St James’ Park and is currently struggling to even feature for the reserve side.
This comes after fellow countryman Fabricio Coloccini recommended the Magpies sign the Argentine over the summer, with little in the way of an endorsement from manager Alan Pardew.
Xisco was brought into the club in similar fashion, with Wise’s recommendation coming without the say-so of then-manager Kevin Keegan, who soon vacated his role after Ignacio Gonzalez also arrived at the club.
Little wonder then that the report claims some are already calling Ferreyra the new Xisco.
But while the Spaniard remained on Newcastle’s books for some five years, his Argentine replacement could head back to Ukraine soon, with the Toon able to terminate the loan if required to.
That would, however, leave them short of attacking options with Siem de Jong and Papiss Cisse both currently sidelined.
Newcastle are next in action against Hull, with many pundits claiming it is a must-win match for manager Alan Pardew.
Are you concerned about Ferreyra? Is he the new Xisco?