Newcastle United have added to their options in attack by wrapping up a loan deal for striker Facundo Ferreyra. The Argentine forward joins the club from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, per NUFC.co.uk.
Manager Alan Pardew has been quick to express his delight at completing the signing, per the club's official website:
Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio (Coloccini), and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle.
This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly-regarded in Argentina.
The experience at the top level Pardew references includes appearances in last season's UEFA Champions League and Europa League, per ESPN FC. However, despite his brief exposure to Europe's premier club competitions, it would be fair to say Ferreyra is still a player with something to prove.
Testing himself against the rugged physicality and frenetic pace of England's Premier League is a good way for the player to show he belongs at the highest level.
Ferreyra referenced the chance to play in the Premier League as part of the usual platitudes new signings offer when they are unveiled, per NUFC.co.uk:
I am very pleased to sign for Newcastle United.
I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me, it was a very easy decision to make.
I spoke to my friend Fabricio Coloccini, and when he told me about the Club, I didn't need to think twice.
The presence of countryman Coloccini should play a key role in helping Ferreyra settle in the North East. The Magpies need him to make a quick start.
An already misfiring strike force requires further help after Pardew ruled out a return of last season's loan star Loic Remy, per Sky Sports:
We've not really had much contact with Loic and I don't see that evolving, if I'm honest.
Whatever happened at Liverpool is irrelevant really, because he's had plenty of chances to come to us.
Without Remy, Pardew's options are limited Sammy Ameobi has struggled to make the grade, while misfiring Papiss Cisse's once bright start is now a distant memory.
Meanwhile, Frenchman Yoan Gouffran is not a natural striker. The ex-Bordeaux star thrives in more supporting roles.
The quest for new goalscorers has now even taken in Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, according to Daily Mail reporter Craig Hope. But at the moment, Ferreyra is the man Newcastle fans will be hoping can combine well with fellow new arrival Emmanuel Riviere this season.
If Ferreyra makes a fast start to life in England, Pardew will likely move quickly to make it a permanent signing.