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This Teenager Has Been Impressive During Spain Training

19-year-old winger Victor Fernandez is with the Newcastle squad in Murcia this week and is likely to be given a runout in the game tomorrow against Royal Antwerp at the Pinatar Arena.

Fernandez and 19-year-old goalkeeper Nathan Harker are with the squad in Spain getting valuable experience training with our first team players.

Fernandez was signed with some fanfare from UE Cornella Youth just over a year ago, and he has been impressive in training this week.

He was born in Barcelona of Argentine parents and has shown his talent playing for the U23 side over the last year or so.

Fernandez – in action while training in Spain

Rafa had checked with our U23 coach Ben Dawson before taking both Fernandez and Harker to Spain.

Rafa was asked about Fernandez, and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle:

“We have some young players coming with us during the season.”

“Here, we needed to bring a couple of them. We were talking with Ben. Fernandez can play in three for four positions, so he was a good option.”

“He’s doing well, he’s training well. “The young players are shy at the beginning, but little by little, they are giving us what we are expecting from them.”

Harker was born in Northampton but signed for Newcastle as part of the Youth Academy in 2010.

He has been a regular for the U23 side since Freddie Woodman went on loan to Aberdeen last January and Nathan has looked impressive.

This is a good chance for both teenagers to impress the boss Rafa Benitez this week.

Both players will be given a run-out tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Mag :P

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Dang I’m not missed?

    I’ll get my coat.

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2


    I always enjoyed reading Kevin Hann’s posts. Haven’t seen anything from him in months.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    If Slimani’s injury is made worse while training with the Algeria squad then aren’t we due compensation from the Algerian FA to cover his wages for the rest of the season?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Cairney having a cracking game for Fulham bossing the midfield, Mitro has done what he has had to do OK so far.

  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Freddy Shepherd managed to claim a huge
    chunk of compo for Owen off the FA when
    injured on international duty.
    When Tim Krul did his elbow in with his national
    side the Netherlands FA told NUFC to do one
    when they tried to claim.
    I think getting any dosh from Algeria if the
    worst should happen will be very difficult.

  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #6

    i wouldn’t be surprised if there was a clause in the loan contract with Leicester that we don’t pay some/all his wages until he is fully recovered from injury.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7


    Interesting article on compensation for players injured on international duty. Algeria could argue his injury was no better when he arrived for training than it was when he left to return to Newcastle. Might be a case of ‘prove us wrong’.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Looks like there are going to be 3 mini games tomorrow so all of the players should get time on the pitch, I would imagine that both sides have agreed not to be going at it gung-ho, so probably lots of goals and hopefully no injuries.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Mag 😛

    Who are you? 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    “… and hopefully no injuries.”

    Amen to that!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Interesting that, when I left a space for your name Mag:P I got an emoji. Have to remember that one. 😛

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #12

    jane – I’ll be surprised if that’s the case. I would think Leicester were more likely to say if you want to take a chance on taking him on loan then that’s on you. He obviously passed his medical with us well enough for him to be loaned out, but who knows, you could be right! I bloody hope you are.

  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #13


  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #14


  • Mag :P

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Lol Essex.

    Is that sarcasm or do you actually not know?

  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16


  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #17


  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #18



  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #19


  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #20

    finished now 😐

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 17, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #21

    jane/jib, there’s “speshel” place in heaven for you. Take the yellow bus and don’t forget the windows taste of sugar.


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