FACUNDO Ferreyra has been backed to make a success of his loan move to Newcastle United – from a standing start.
Ferreyra signed on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk in August.
But two and a half months into the campaign, the 23-year-old is still waiting to make his competitive debut.
Ferreyra featured late in pre-season, and he has turned out for the Magpies’ Under-21 side, managed by Peter Beardsley.
And the Argentinian, nicknamed “Chucky”, has been named on the bench on a number of occasions.
Ferreyra limped out of Monday’s 5-0 Under-21 Premier League win over Aston Villa, in which Adam Armstrong scored twice.
However, the former Argentina Under-20 international made an impression on Beardsley,. who said: “I have to say he’s been excellent for us. He hasn’t played many games for us, but he’s been outstanding.
“He was involved in Arma’s first goal, and 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.”
Ferreyra, a friend of Magpie captain Fabricio Coloccini, was allowed to leave Shakhtar because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Speaking last month, Newcastle boss Pardew said Ferreyra needed more time to “adapt” to English football.