With all the velocity of rocket propelled pereguine falcon, Alan Pardew tears around the transfer market loading up his trolley to the brim.
The Magpies boss has hit the mother lode after several summers starved of any pocket money and isn’t wasting any time reinvigorating his squad, signing no fewer than six players before the first ray of August sunshine crept through the cracks in our curtains.
With under two weeks to go until the Premier League campaign gets underway, his spending spree shows no signs of abating.
Argentinian goal-getter Facundo Ferreyra has been parachuted in to inject further firepower into a frontline that’s already been bolstered with the arrivals of Ayoze Perez and Emanuel Riviere.
The 23-year-old has joined on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk, with reports citing conflict in the Ukrainian city as the motivation behind the move on his part.
Their loss has seen Newcastle gain a potential-loaded youngster who comes equipped with all the hallmarks of a textbook predatory striker.
After a steady start to his career with Banfield in his native Argentina, Velez Sarsfield signed Ferreyra and were compensated with a phenomenal 17 goals in 24 matches.
His short but hugely successful stint with the Buenos Aries outfit prompted the Shakhtar tractor beam to hoover him up.
In just five starts for the Moles he scored six times and is now on his way to Tyneside.
At six foot two, their €7m acquisition instantly accepted the gauntlet thrown down by a more physically demanding division, playing on the shoulders of defenders and always looking to utilise his pace to get beyond oppositions’ backlines.
This brand of centre-forward play is the sort that will allow him to adapt to Premier League rigours quickly.
Pace is one only one of his assets though; Ferreyra was used as an orthodox target man at times during his short Donetsk tenure, but his ability to exploit space is what earned him most of his plaudits.
The Toon’s midfield now boasts cunning creators such as Remy Cabella meaning there’ll be plenty of balls threaded through for him, while they also have the ability to revert to agricultural measures if the situation calls for it with Ferreyra in the side.