Federico Fernandez made his debut yesterday for Newcastle and looked such a good player at the heart of Newcastle’s defense.
And in Florian Lejeune’s absence, he could well become Newcastle’s number one center-back,
The £6M man from Swansea looked a bargain buy yesterday in Newcastle’s valiant but unsuccessful attempt to get something out of this game against Chelsea.
A soft penalty and an own goal were our undoing but we were so unlucky – just like against Tottenham two weeks ago.
Federico Fernandez – played so well on his Newcastle debut
This is what Rafa said after the game about Federico who was with Rafa for one season at Napoli:
“They had some chances in the second half when they changed and when we were more open, but you have to give credit to him and to the rest of the players.”
“It’s confirmation of what I say, that sometimes you need players with experience, in this case experience in the Premier League, to help the players around to be better players.
“To make so many changes because you have to do it today and also to change the system.”
“And to put players who don’t know each other too well in another system on the pitch performing the way that we did.”
“I don’t remember too many Chelsea chances in the first half.”
Rafa was short of experienced players last season and we dropped points because of that.
Ashley wants to sign players 26-years-old and younger but as usual, he’s just looking at the money angle – and the profit he can make on players.
Rafa’s thinking about building a good team and those are two different things,
Rafa managed to get Rondon, Fernandez, and Ki in this summer – Rondon on loan – and they all have lots of Premier League experience and they all started yesterday.
Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto are experienced Internationals but have to get used to the Premier League.
What do you think?