If Facundo Ferreyra doesn't get Newcastle chance this weekend - then when?

The 23-year-old has been lurking in the St James' Park shadows so far this campaign...

On the left-hand side of the above picture is Facundo Ferreyra - and it's fair to say his presence is a bit of a mystery at St James' Park.

At almost every first-team training session in front of the cameras, the Argentine forward is there, running, working, scoring goals.

But Ferreyra is yet to make his Premier League debut for Newcastle United and it is getting to the point where reasonable questions can be asked of Alan Pardew's decision to bring him to Tyneside on loan.

And Saturday's clash with Chelsea might provide the perfect opportunity to unleash the 23-year-old, it not just give him any sort of league minutes at all.

After Newcastle's six-match winning run, they have now lost at West Ham United and drawn at Burnley in their last two fixtures. Neither result is too disappointing by any stretch but the Magpies' performance levels have dipped - and no one is realistically putting all their hopes into the prospect of Newcastle beating Chelsea.

So why not give Ferreyra a go - even if from the bench?

Newcastle have been short of goals even when they have been winning games and, though Pardew has an abundance of other strikers to choose from, the Argentine would provide an element of surprise against the Blues.

It can certainly be argued that this might be too big a game for him to be thrown into. But, if not this weekend, then when will the striker actually be given his chance? Aren't Magpies supporters growing a little bored of seeing Ferreyra in every training session and never on a matchday?

“We’re trying to build him, physically and mentally,” Pardew said of the 23-year-old recently. “The Premier League is different to what he’s been used to. He’s picking up in training and is improving.”

That building process has to come to an end eventually, though...

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