Newcastle's forgotten man delivers timely reminder to Pardew of his goalscoring ability

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Newcastle United striker Facundo Ferreyra has scored in a behind-closed-doors game against Burnley.

Newcastle Untied's poor end to last season has unsurprisingly continued this term, with Alan Pardew's men still looking for their first win of the season. The beleaguered Magpies boss has seen his side pick up just four points so far, with four draws and three defeats piling the pressure on former West Ham and Southampton boss Pardew.

There can be little doubting where Newcastle's biggest problem has been - in attack. Newcastle have scored just seven goals this season, with only four Premier League teams scoring fewer. Papiss Cisse has been restored to the Magpies starting XI, scoring twice against Swansea City last weekend in a 2-2 draw, but summer signing Emmanuel Riviere has yet to find the back of the net since joining from Monaco, whilst Spaniard Ayoze Perez has yet to be given much of a chance.

However, Riviere and Perez weren't the only summer additions to their attack, with Argentine centre forward Facundo Ferreyra arriving on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. Ferreyra, 23, started his career with Banfield before his goalscoring exploits earned him a move to Velez Sarsfield in 2012. Just one season with Velez reaped 17 goals in 25 games, and he became hot property around Europe, choosing to join the South American contingent at Shakhtar Donetsk for £5.5m.

Despite being prolific with Banfield, Velez and the Argentina Under-20 side, Ferreyra scored just six goals in 22 games for Shakhtar, before heading to St. James' Park for first-team football - but he hasn't even got that.

Reports in the North East suggest that his team mates on Tyneside have been 'shocked' by Ferreyra's lack of progress since arriving, and it has shown given that he hasn't even played so much as one minute of Premier League football - even with Newcastle desperately needing some goalscoring threat.

However, in a behind-closed-doors game against a Burnley XI this week, Ferreyra found the back of the net - serving a timely reminder to manager Pardew over what he can still do in front of goal. With time to get his fitness levels up before the Magpies face Leicester City at St. James' Park on October the 18th, Ferreyra now needs to prove himself to Pardew - and show that he can be the goalscorer that Newcastle need.

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