Newcastle United coach praises Ferreyra's under-21 impact

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Newcastle United's Facundo Ferreyra has received words of praise from Peter Beardsley today.

Facundo Ferreyra has been excellent for Newcastle United's under-21 side, according to Peter Beardsley.

The Magpies coach says that the striker has shown great form for the development squad in his fleeting appearances so far.

Ferreyra starred in Newcastle's 5-0 win over Middlesbrough yesterday and Beardsley was full of praise for the front-man, who is on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. 

"I have to say he’s been excellent for us,” Beardsley, the club's under-21 manager, told the Shields Gazette.

“He hasn’t played many games for us, but he’s been outstanding."

“I just look at the things he does for the team and his attitude is incredible."

“One day, hopefully, he’ll be a top player for us."

“His attitude is spot on – he’s brilliant around the training ground – and really, I couldn’t praise him enough.”

Despite Beardsley's praise, Alan Pardew does not appear particularly enamoured by his new loan signing.

Ferreyra has not played for the senior side since pre-season, even despite their struggles in-front of goal.

Reports emerged earlier in the season that the club were concerned about the levels of his performance in training so he will have been pleased to hear of Beardsley's praise today.

Ferreyra actually had an impressive scoring record during his time in the Ukraine, but he has become the forgotten man since moving to St. James' Park.

His chances of breaking into the starting line-up look limited now, too, due to the form of some of his rivals for a starting place up-front in the squad. 

Ayoze Perez has shown his worth in recent weeks, while Papiss Cisse still remains the side's major goal threat. 

Ferreyra can do little more than continue to impress in the development squad's matches, though, and he will be hoping that this form is enough to force his way back into starting contention. 

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