Facundo Ferreyra arrived at St James’ Park on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk but has yet to make a top-flight appearance for Newcastle.
The 23-year-old arrived at St James’ Park back in August as part of a season-long loan deal from Shakhtar Donetsk that gave the Toon the option to sign the Argentine on a permanent basis at the end of the campaign.
But fresh quotes attributed to the Argentine appear to suggest that a string of injuries and difficulties in adapting to the physical nature of the Premier League have been the root cause.
"I have not been lucky enough to play due to physical problems, but I am working to get well and stay on the field because I would love to stay and play here.
"The team was already established when I arrived and when I started to feel good, I had this injury and I’m struggling with that."
The interview also appeared to dismiss the notion that Ferreyra had planned to move to Serie A side Genoa on loan back in January, as reported by talkSPORT, with the Argentine describing the Premier League as “the best league in the world.”
Unavailable for at least the next two weeks with a slipped disc in his back, Ferreyra also admitted he needed to get to grips with what he called a “very physical league.”
"The defenders are very strong and you must be able to withstand the rigour," he said.
"Here if you are not good physically you cannot play."
The timing of Ferreyra’s latest injury could not be much worse with Papiss Cisse’s seven-game suspension for spitting leaving a potential opening in the Newcastle starting line-up.
Capped by Argentina at under-20 level, the 23-year-old striker scored six goals in 22 outings for Shakhtar before moving to Tyneside last summer.
Prior to his stint in Ukraine, the South American had impressed in his homeland, first with Banfield where he scored 15 goals in 56 games and then later at Velez Sarsfield where he managed 17 in 25 appearances.