Antonio Barreca aimed a dig at Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez for his lack of game time on Instagram before quickly editing the caption – but eagle-eyed Newcastle fans are not impressed.
The 24-year-old has only managed four minutes of senior football since Benitez brought him to Tyneside on a loan-to-buy deal from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.
He made his debut immediately after signing, coming off the bench in a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur for the final few minutes. But he has failed to make the matchday squad since, missing seven league games.
Barreca posted on Instagram, captioning a picture of himself training: “I’m here too, have you forgotten?” before quickly editing the post to read “I’m doing my best to be ready for the first chance.”
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) April 3, 2019
The signs were there from the off that Barreca may not make it. Jordan Lukaku was considered first choice, but the Lazio defender failed a medical. Barreca had only played nine times for a struggling Monaco side earlier this season.
His post has seen Newcastle fans react on Twitter, with many considering whether he deserves to be given a game over makeshift left-back Matt Ritchie – a man who is held in legendary status on Tyneside for his work done at the club.
Unless he's been absolutely awful in training, we should probably just give him a game or two to see what he's about.
— Jake Oliver (@jolivernyc) April 3, 2019
Honestly I’m pretty sure he was brought in on loan as a back up if we got injury’s there no way I would be starting [email protected] of Richie
— Jason Hellyer (@JasonHellyer2) April 3, 2019
Well now he’s definitely not going to play
— Matty (@MattySmit15052k) April 3, 2019
Wasn't this obvious when he couldn't get in a team in the relegation zone scrap in Ligue 1???? Not good enough for them, was never going to be good enough for us! Bring back @Kevin_Baboo
— Matt Fidler (@matt_fidler) April 3, 2019
I'd completely forgotten we'd signed him
— Andrew Barton (@TinTin_Official) April 3, 2019
Tbh I had forgotten 🤣
— Duncan Mason (@Duncan_Mason) April 3, 2019