Victor Fernandez returned this summer after a year to forget. He missed almost the entirety of last year due to a succession of injuries culminating in hip surgery.
Victor has spoken to nufc.co.uk about the Under-23s big win against Sunderland on Monday evening:
“The squad feel great after getting the win and beating our rivals. We all know that playing against Sunderland is a game we have have to win. I’m very happy for all of the team because we put in a good performance.
“Going one-nil up quite early was very important to get our confidence up. I just tried to complete some step-overs and beat the right-back and I got past him. He pushed me from the back and I thought it was a definite penalty.
“The red card changed the game completely. It gave us a great advantage, especially when they were already one goal down.
“It made it quite easy for us because we could have the possession of the ball when they had ten men, which made it really tough for our opponents.
“We had plenty of opportunities to try and score and I think we may need to be more clinical but, in the end, we got the win which is the important thing so we’ll move onto the next one.”
Victor was able to get his first goal of the young season to seal the victory. He spoke about the goal and how it will help with his confidence:
“I had a good chance which was cleared off the line but I still believed that I could score a goal.
“I’ve been out with an injury for such a long time so I can take a lot of confidence from scoring. I always want to play as well as possible and if I can provide assists and goals for the team, that is always great for me and gives me that extra boost.
“I was taken off after scoring but it was just a cramp I picked up. It was nothing too serious and I preferred to be substituted because the game was nearly won. I didn’t want to take too much risk.
“In the league, we aren’t doing as well as we’d like to but winning against Sunderland should give us plenty of confidence going into the next few games and hopefully we can build on that and try to win some more matches.”
Ferndandez is now 21-years-old and his contract will expire at the end of the season. He’s been at Newcastle for almost three years now having joined in February of 2017.
We have to wonder if he is going to be given an extension. He’s missed a year of development due to his injuries last season. This season he is finding his feet again.
Maybe Newcastle should pursue a loan move for the winger in January to see how he handles senior level football before making a final decision on him.