One of our most experienced Premier League player in the Newcastle team is Federico Fernandez who is now looking like an excellent buy Rafa made on the last day of the summer transfer window.
The Argentine International center back joined us on August 9th for just £4M from relegated Swansea City and he has played very well for the Magpies so far this season.
He was our Man of the Match on Saturday, and he laid on the excellent cross that was headed home by Ciaran Clark in the dying minutes of the game.
Federico played a season under Rafa at Napoli back in season 2013-2014, so he knows what Rafa wants from his player and was delighted to join back up with his old gaffer at Newcastle.
Federico Fernandez – in action on Saturday
The initial reports coming from the training field before he even made his debut was that he was impressive – and he’s been that playing for the first team.
The 29-year-old has said this today on the Newcastle website:
“We know it’s very important.” “We have a couple of games against teams who are maybe middle of the table now. It’s no excuse, but in these five games we knew it would be very difficult, against top teams.”
“But we’ve approached them well, we’ve played like a team, but we didn’t take anything. Now we need to start taking points because that’s what we need.”
“We need to analyze the good things and prepare for Crystal Palace away. We can go there and win the game, so we need to be ready, be focussed and positive.”
“I think we played very well in the first half, and we deserved more from the first half (on Saturday).” We pushed high, we tried to press and we had our chances.”
“When you don’t score it’s difficult. We started the second half a little bit deep and after the really good free kick, they started to feel more comfortable with the ball.”
“We were disappointed because we approached the game very well, against a really good team.”
“They scored the second goal, and after that it was very difficult to come back into the game, even though we scored once later on.”
“I think we did everything in that first half to score a goal, but we didn’t, and that’s maybe the difference.”
“We need to keep working, defensively especially, and to create chances, score goals and win games now.”
“Overall, the commitment and the effort from everyone has been really good, but we need to keep going.”
Those are good, sensible and down to earth comments from the 32 times capped Argentina International, and that could be Rafa talking.
He played 117 Premier League games for Swansea, and it shows.
If Federico keeps up his good form he could be recalled to the Argentine squad; he definitely looks like a skillful and reliable player at the back and another good acquisition by Mr. Benetiz.
It looks like Fernandez will fill in exceptionally well for the injured Florian Lejeune.
Then when the Frenchman comes back from his severe ACL knee injury – probably in January – it’s anybody’s guess who the two first-choice central defenders will be.