Federico Fernandez will be in the squad for our next game at Cardiff City on Saturday in the early game (12:30pm kickoff) – just like last Saturday against Spurs.
Fernandez joined former Swansea team-mates Jonjo Shelvey and Ke Sung-Yueng at Newcastle on the final day of the window, and he is delighted to be back playing for Rafa,
Federico had said when he signed that Rafa was full of energy and really wanted to stay on at Newcastle.
We’ll have to wait and see about that.
Federico is another excellent character Rafa has brought to the club.
And the Argentine has lots of Premier League experience having played four seasons at the Swans, and he made 117 league appearances for the south Wales club.
Federico Fernandez – has 32 caps for Argentina
Before he made the decision to sign for Newcastle, he talked to new signing Ki Sung-yueng about the club.
Ki said only good things about Newcastle, so the 29 year-old was on his way to Newcastle via helicopter last Thursday to sign.
This is what Federico has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“I found out a couple of weeks ago that Newcastle were interested. But it was really in the last two days of the window that it became something more intense.”
“I spoke with Ki a lot before I came. He only had good things to say about the club, the city and everyone at Newcastle.”
“When I was on my way (to Tyneside on deadline day), he sent me a message telling me he was glad I was joining him.”
“Everything was fine, we have a very good relationship.”
“The Premier League is the best in the world so we need to be focused if we want to start well.”
“We have some big, big games early on. The first few weeks are tough but they are also very exciting.”
“The most beautiful thing in football is to play against the biggest and best teams and challenge yourself.”
“There will be a great feeling in the dressing room before those games, and hopefully we can continue that on the pitch too.”
“Of course our first objective has to be just to stay up. And then, depending on how we start, we can think about looking forward and finishing as high in the table as possible.”
“But at the moment, with the speculation that is around, and with how much rival teams have improved, it will be tough.
Fernandez will now be fighting for a starting place at Cardiff City on Saturday, and he could even be used at right back in the absence of the injured DeAndre Yedlin.