Since we have seen Federico Fernandez play for Newcastle, he looks a good player and has made one of the center-back spots his won with some good performances for Newcastle.
Federico has played 6 times for Newcastle, and that appearance total is likely to increase before the end of this year when hopefully we are higher up the league table.
Swiss defender Fabian Schar also arrived as a newly signed center-back in the summer, but he lacks Premier league experience and has only played twice so far for the Newcastle first team.
Federico has shown great experience at the back for Newcastle this season, and he seems a calming influence at the club – both on the field and off it.
Federico Fernandez – in action at Crystal Palace in the 0-0 draw
And we’re looking forward to the increased competition in central defense when Florian Lejeune returns from injury – probably in December or January.
This is some of what Federico has said in the Chronicle today as he says we have to start winning games soon:
“Of course, in the game at Man United, the intensity and commitment was great. It’s just we missed some tactical movements which cost us some goals.”
“We try to read the game, see what is going on and then talk with the guys if necessary so we can become a better team.”
“Our best form has probably been away, although we were OK at home in a couple of games,”
“The thing is that we are in a good shape defensively, but we need to improve more with the ball.”
“We have to try to be in a good moment and start to win some games, starting with Brighton.”
Our next game is at home to Brighton a week tomorrow, and we have usually done well against them – but last season they took 4 points off Newcastle.
They beat us 1-0 at the Amex Stadium in late September and then got a hard-fought 0-0 draw at St. James Park on 30th December last year.
So we are due a win again Chris Hughton’s team who have eight points from their first eight games – six points better off than Newcastle.
We need the win on 20 October at home!