Federico Fernandez spoke to NUFC TV yesterday about the big win against Tottenham as well as the Carabao Cup match against Leicester City.
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Fernandez came on for Jamaal Lascelles late in Sunday’s win at Spurs and was able to slot in at the back seamlessly. Whenever Federico has played, he has never let Newcastle down.
Fernandez started regularly at the beginning of last season, but with the emergence of Fabian Schar, he has found it hard to get on the pitch. When Newcastle transitioned to a back three last season, he was behind captain Jamaal Lascelles, Schar, and Florian Lejeune.
This season, Newcastle has kept with the three central defenders, but local lad Paul Dummett has been preferred with Lejeune out injured.
With Lascelles and Schar carrying knocks from Sunday, Federico Fernandez is primed to get his first start of the campaign. This is what he has said about today’s cup match and how ready he is for it:
“We have a cup game now, and it is important to do well against a really good side like Leicester.
“So it’s important for players who don’t play much at the moment, to focus on the performance and try to reach the next round.
“I think every team is difficult. Even if you play a team that plays in a different league. Sometimes the motivation is low, but we play Leicester, and I think everyone will be excited to prepare for the game.
“They have quality upfront. We don’t know who yet is going to play. They have quality. They have pace. We really need to prepare to be focused to not give them space and to build the other way.”
Federico was also asked about the return of one Ayoze Perez to Newcastle. This is what he has said about Ayoze:
“It’s nice to see him back in Newcastle. We talked about it in the WhatsApp group so it will be nice.”
It will be nice to see Ayoze back at St James Park. We’re not sure if he’ll get the start as he has started Leicester’s first three Premier League matches.
They may give the nod to the experienced Mark Albrighton who has only played 24 minutes for the Foxes this season. Fousseni Diabate and Demari Gray have yet to make an appearance this season so they may also be options for Brendan Rodgers.