Even with top center-back Florian Lejeune now injured and possibly out for the season, there will still be considerable competition in central defense this season.
Rafa has brought in Fabian Schar of Deportivo and yesterday we got Federico Fernandez who has played in the Swansea first team for four years in the Premier League.
So captain Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark will soon feel the pressure of these two players pushing for a first team starting position – and that’s great for the team.
Federico has been interviewed by nufcTV and has talked about Fabricio Coloccini who was at the club for eight years when we signed him from Deportivo in 2008 for about £10M.
Federico Fernandez – signing for Newcastle yesterday
Fabricio had a tough first season when we were relegated, but over the next five years or so he was a top-class center-back before losing form in the last couple of years on Tyneside.
Federico has talked about the former Newcastle captain on nufcTV:
“He was a great player for the club and I hope I can do the same as he did.” “I hope I can be like him.”
“Maybe in the future I will have the opportunity to speak with him.”
“I need to think about the city and the club and during the week I will contact him.”
“I worked with him (Rafa) at Napoli and he won trophies.” “He was also the key to me moving to Swansea too because he told me about the Premier League.”
“We have now found a way together again.” “Rafa and the staff are working really hard to improve the players.”
“It’s very good for everybody at the club.”
Fernandez has already played for Swansea this season, so he is match-fit and likely to be on the bench tomorrow for our first game at home to Tottenham.
Watch for some top players to e left out of the match-day 18 for tomorrow’s game.
Swansea were reported to be wanting £10M for Fernandez all summer, but we agreed a fee of £6M for him with the Swans – probably paid in total up front – which allows us to get good deals on players.
That’s another good deal to get an experienced Premier league center-back into the squad.
But yes, we were still surprised Ashley actually paid out some money on the final day of the transfer window.