Federico Fernandez has been interviewed in the Chronicle Live today, and he finally made his debut last Saturday for Newcastle at home to Chelsea, and he had an excellent game.
He could well become our best center-back this season, and there is going to be some competition between Fernandez, Schar, Clark, and Lascelles as to which players start games.
Fabian Schar also looked good on his debut, and he will improve as he gets used to the Premier League.
Federico Fernandez – a very talented central defender
This is what Federico said about his debut last Saturday:
“It was brilliant to finally make my debut at St James’ Park.”
“The stadium has a great atmosphere and I’m really happy to play my first game there,” Fernandez reflected upon his first Magpies appearance.”
“I tried to push myself and show a good game, and I’m really happy.”
“We have a few days to work in training, decide on the system we will play, and we will see if it’s the same.”
“It’s always positive to have played a system already, and we have done that now.”
“We need to stay in the game for as long as we can, to defend, move side to side, run a lot – and then attack when we can.”
“The lads all work so hard and will put another big effort in at Man City.”
“Hopefully, we get a positive result there – and a bit more luck.”
Fernandez’ £6M deal was done almost at the last minute of the transfer window and could turn out to be a significant signing for Newcastle.
He could well become the best signing of the summer for the club.
Rafa was delighted to get the defender who played for him at Napoli through the door, and it enables Rafa to have different formations at the back.
But since a number of our new players came in late in the window it has taken a few weeks for Fernandez and others to be ready to start games.
That’s one of the reasons Rafa wants players in early in the summer, so they are ready for the first game of the season.
It makes sense to us – why don’t Ashley and Charnley listen to Rafa?
He knows what he’s doing.