We have felt a little sorry for Federico Fernandez this season after he was our best defender in the first half of the season and one of our best players.
Signed for only £6M from relegated Swansea in the summer, we know that’s true because Rafa has said it.
But after picking up an injury, Federico couldn’t get back into the starting eleven.
But did play at Bournemouth in our last game – and played the whole game and played well with Fabian Schar suspended for a couple of games.
Federico Fernandez – in action for Newcastle
Fabian is suspended for the game at the Emirates on Monday night, so we expect Fernandez to start that game too.
Federico seems to love it at Newcastle, and he said this in the Chronicle:
“It is a beautiful place to live!” “It’s colder than Swansea but I just love it.”
“I really enjoy discovering new places with my family.”
“Last weekend I went to the Lake District and when I get a day off we go to one of the beaches here.”
“We go to the places that are close and discover the culture of the North East.”
“I try to move to different ones (beaches), there’s so much choice here!.
“We’ve been to (Tynemouth) Longsands to build a sand castle and we always explore with the family.”
“You are a footballer for three or four hours a day, but then I am a father and family man afterwards.”
“It’s great to spend time with them.” “You clear your mind and think of something different to football.”
“Then it’s back in to focus again.”
“People are very respectful.”
“They come up and ask for photos or autographs, but this a really good city and there are really good people here.”
“We want to deliver success for them.”
“We’re in a position where we are working very hard to get to the highest point and are closer to what we are looking for.”
“We are training well and are preparing well.”
Federico was keen to rejoin Rafa Benitez last summer after he had played for him at Napoli and the Argentine International seems happy at Newcastle and playing under the boss again.
He just turned 30 last month, but he can be a valuable player for Newcastle because of his vast Premier League experience playing four seasons at Swansea.
He will have one year left on his contract in the summer.