Where does Facundo Ferreyra rank among Newcastle’s worst ever strikers?

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The Argentine arrived at Newcastle United on loan but has yet to make a single Premier League appearance – is he the club’s worst ever striker, though?

Newcastle United have had a season to forget when it comes to strikers.

Papiss Cisse is in the midst of a seven-game ban after spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans, Siem de Jong has struggled with injury throughout the campaign and Emmanuel Riviere has failed to find the net regularly in the Premier League.

Only Ayoze Perez has emerged with any credit, having been thrown in at the deep-end by Alan Pardew and more recently John Carver.

And then there is Facundo Ferreyra.

Recruited on a season-long loan after impressing with Shaktar Donetsk in Ukraine, the forward has yet to feature in the Premier League – but where does he rank in the club’s top five worst ever strikers? Higher than you would have perhaps first thought is the answer...

5. Andreas Andersson

A tally of 32 goals in 39 games with IFK Goteborg brought this Sweden international to the attention of several big clubs in Europe, with AC Milan eventually winning the race to sign the striker.

After a single, disastrous, season at the San Siro though, Andersson became available again, with Newcastle only too happy to take the Scandinavian on in what they viewed as a bargain deal.

It proved anything but, with Andersson scoring four goals in 27 largely anonymous performances for the Toon. Kenny Dalglish even brought the Swede on in the 1998 FA Cup final - it did not inspire a miraculous turnaround for a Magpies side already 2-0 down to Arsenal.

He left the club after a year, returning to Sweden.

4. Daniel Cordone

Like Ferreyra, Cordone enjoyed a prolific initial spell in his native Argentina, scoring 40 goals in 106 league appearances for Velez Sarsfield before moving to Racing Club and then Newcastle.

The similarities don’t end there either, with the Argentine recruited as part of a bargain deal before making little or no impact on the Magpies first team.

In 21 Premier League appearances, Cordone managed two goals – against Derby and Tottenham – while he was able to add another to his tally against Bradford in the League Cup.

He returned to Argentina the following year, with the Daily Mail reporting that he is now seemingly working as a Claudio Canigga impersonator at charity games.

3. Facundo Ferreyra

A bad signing but somehow not the worst striker to arrive at Newcastle, Ferreyra is perhaps saved by the fact he has yet to play particularly poorly for the Toon – because, well, he hasn’t played for the first-team yet, having arrived back at the start of the season.

In truth, alarm bells should have been ringing by the fact that, while his goals to games ratio at Shakhtar was good, he only played 13 league games in the Ukraine, scoring six times.

The Chronicle previously reported that the striker was struggling with the physical demands of the league and with time running out, he looks increasingly unlikely to make any kind of impact.

2. Carl Cort

While Stephane Guivarc’h was a disaster during his short spell on Tyneside, the Frenchman fails to make the cut for the fact he played just four league games before being sold on to Rangers at a profit and did actually find the net during that time.

Instead, second place goes to Carl Cort who was signed from Wimbledon by Bobby Robson for a hefty £7 million in the summer of 2000, according to BBC Sport.

The Guyana international had managed 15 goals for the Dons during their final season in the top-flight and was seen as a bright prospect for the future.

But injuries and a lack of confidence saw Cort manage just seven goals in 22 Premier League games before heading off to Wolves in the next chapter of a steadily-declining career.

1. Albert Luque

The undoubted worst striker to be recruited to the Newcastle fold, Luque blows fellow Spaniard Xisco out of the water when you consider both his price tag and the number of games he underwhelmed in.

A Spain international and part of the squads that went to the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, Luque also reached the Champions League semi-finals with previous club Deportivo La Coruna.

Signed by Graeme Souness in the summer of 2005 as part of a £9 million deal, according to The Guardian, the Spaniard scored just one goal in 21 Premier League appearances.

Once again, injuries played a part, while Luque lacked the fitness and pace that had made him so popular in Spain. While Xisco made just nine league appearances for the Toon, Luque was a far more regular, disappointing, presence in the Magpies line-up.

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