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Bruce Well Aware Of Mercurial Winger

Newcastle Under-23 winger Victor Fernandez is still working his way back to full fitness from an injury-plagued season last year. He has shown flashes of quality for the Under-23s since he joined in February of 2017.

He has yet to put it all together in a Newcastle career that has been thwarted by injuries. Though he has put in some outstanding performances for the Under-23s this year.

Speaking after the win over rivals Sunderland, manager Neil Redfearn had nothing but praise for the young Spaniard:

“He was mercurial. In the first half, he was unplayable, it was like tackling smoke.

“They couldn’t get near him. It was a great run for the penalty and he was always going to bring him down, then he took his goal well.”

Victor is now 21-years-old and should be pushing for a first-team place at his age. Fernandez, though, is still a bit away from making a breakthrough into the senior side.

However, Steve Bruce is well aware of the explosive winger. Speaking in the Chronicle, Bruce was asked if he was monitoring the progress of Victor:

“Yeah. But there’s two or three that you always keep an eye on. When we get them up occasionally you take a look.

“We are getting towards a full squad now so it will be difficult. But as we have proved with the Longstaffs it can only be a good thing.”

If Fernandez can get some more U-23 matches under his belt, it may be best to look for a loan move in January for the youngster. He’ll need to get some first-team football at the senior level to continue his development.

Victor has the skill to become a quality player for Newcastle; however, he needs to prove that he can take the physicality of the English game. Getting half a season in League One or Two under his belt could be the right test for him.

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69 comments so far

  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #41

    Sure the club won’t be more saleable after relegation. But was it sold when it was more saleable? I don’t see us being more saleable under Bruce than we were under Rafa. Will it be better then if Bruce left? Unlikely, since we won’t find anyone better. I’m therefore trying to endure the tripe with a hope that a messiah will arrive. Realistically I don’t see things improving at NUFC over the next 50 years.

  • NY Mag

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #42

    Goodnight carltoon,

    Take care….

  • lesh

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #43


    ‘It’s all about taking notice and respecting a democratic vote for me’?

    Even if voters were peddled lies? Many who voted leave were from communities suffering the results of Tory policies and persuaded that European migrant are to blame for the fact that key employees such as the pits, steel works, shipyards that were closed by the Tories, the very same Tories who want to be rid of controls won over the years, the very same Tories that have been flogging off bits of the NHS, the very same lot who are determined to provided jobseekers the opportunity, the flexibility of zero-hours contracts?

    Support those bustards and there’s no turning the clock forward from the dark days when blokes had to rely on a nod for a days work.

    Be very careful what you wish for, think of your grand-bairns – they’ll have to live through the shit that Johnson, Rees-Mogg and Farage’ll gift them

  • Online Guy

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #44


    That’s why I’m asking your opinion as Im one who dodges politics as much as I can ..I am repeating what I’v read in passing , aint got time for politicians scoring points off of each other.

    Turkey etc , They will be part of the European union one day soon ?

    They are now threatening to flood Europe with refugees if the Americans hit them with sanctions over their involvement in Syria ? ..nice people !

    Anyway I don’t give politics enough time to know what’s going on .

    I’m watching this time round though . Hoping Corbyn does all the right things as I look for someone to hang my hat on . Will he honour the Brexit vote ?

    I will still stand up for the rights of a people who voted fair and square to leave Europe though.

    Maybe we should go for a best outa three !

    Ignore the clichè !

  • Online Guy

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #45

    Lesh #43 ..good reading and an education.

    I’m looking at both sides and maybe won’t even cast a vote in favour of any as there seems to be lies and half truths from many sides .

    It’s knowing who to believe … good to get your take on things as I know your passionate .

    Iv always voted Labour but became dissulusioned by the point scoring and the childish goings on in the commons.

    Leaves one non-plussed and searching for the truth .

  • Online Guy

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #46


    Will Corbyn go for another referendum over Brexit if he becomes PM ?

    Will Corbyn have an open border immigration policy ?

    Will he run down the British armed forces ?

    Apologies to Ed and family for touching on political issues we are all facing right now.

    I’m done.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #47

    The problem is, both sides peddled lies and both campaigns became embroiled in a slanging match, rather than making supporting arguments for how they would make thimgs better.

    We had a referendum because there was unrest and a lot of questions over EU policy and structures. These weren’t just held by leave voters, they were held by both sides. People wanted better/more from the EU. The remain campaign could, and should have focussed in how they would work to make being part of the EU better for all. Instead, it just got into a slanging match that, they were always going to lose.

    Corbyn wants to leave, talk of a further referendum on what the terms of the deal is, is him knowing Labour are in trouble come the election, and trying to gain votes. He has been pro leave from day 1.

    Parliament are handing all power to the EU. If they could survive and cope with a ‘no deal’ Brexit, they wouldn’t keep extending. They know they meed a deal, and every time parliament fails to agree, we strengthen the hand of the EU.

    Leave won the vote. Whether you agree or not, if we don’t leave, then whatwe call democracy is undermined and the whole system loses any credibility. We should go, we should tell the EU it is No Deal, and watch them run back with a more favourable offer.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #48

    Apologies for the typos.

    And the politics. First and last/penultimate (depending on any replies) post on a divisive topic.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #49

    The largest party in the EU parliament is essentially very similar on the political spectrum as the Tory party of the least 10-20 years. Not far right, but definitely right of centre. The strength of the right, and far right is growing in the EU.

    As someone staunchly left wing, how does that sit with you as remain, and marry with political ideologies of the left wing?

    If Labour were elected to power, and Corbyn wanted to leave to move away from an increasibgly right wing Europe, to take the UK more to the left, would you still want to stay?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 1, 2019 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #50

    Somebody mentioned Corbyn’s desire to have a 2nd referendum as undemocratic, but of the 51% that voted leave very few wanted to crash out with a no deal. I was on the fence when the vote happened, but that was because all the papers made out it was remain vs a norway+ have your cake and eat it deal. So obviously leaving and remaining in the customs union sounded good. It’s now obvious that was never an option and i assume i wasn’t the only one hoodwinked. I think it’s only something like 15% of people want a no deal. Boris cancelled Parliament so he could push through something only 15% of the people want and it’s Corbyn who is undemocratic? 51% of people did not vote for no deal so no deal is not the will of the people. It’s the will of a small minority.

    For what it’s worth I think the 2nd referendum will go in leaves favour because so many remainers will respect the original vote and not vote or choose a decent leave option if there is one. My guess is we will leave with May’s deal or something almost identical and Scotland will break away and flourish the same way Ireland have done by poaching FTSE100 service jobs from London.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 1, 2019 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #51

    Sorry for not talking about Grant Thornton or alts.

    Thornton out.
    Everybody’s an alt.

  • Online Guy

    Nov 1, 2019 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #52


    Lesh ..I can’t offer much comment on this pair for fear of being sued !

    Thinking about some of your points Lesh and also the thought that part of my family who have sadly departed this mortal coil would turn in the provebial if I voted for anyone other than the Labour party, I done some research …I learned that Cameron and his wife dine with this pair and also George Osborne .. Cameron persecuted Jimmy Carr for a little legal tax avoidance, still wrong , but refused to comment when asked about this pair avoiding Corporate tax in the many millions on Property on UK soil.

    The Tories stand by and let it go on while wineing and dining with the Barclay brothers .


    Carltoon please watch this.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 1, 2019 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #53

    Who would vote for Andy Carroll to start?

    He is liable to get injured, but when will he not. Using his abilities at the start to establish a foothold in the match may be a better option than attempting to chase the game from behind. However, the team need to adapt to playing with Joelinton and starting Andy may prolong that period of adjustment.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #54

    Brewcey must think he’s got this sewn up. If he parks the bus and gets away with it with a 1-0 win he can come out and talk about mud being slinged, shutting people up and playing so well. If we don’t get away with it and we see a performance like Sunday then he just blames Rafa and the players mentality.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #55

    If the players hit a purple patch and propel us up the table do you think he’ll sell knowing he’s blagged another year at least in the big money. There was never a better time to sell than this year, 60M in the coffers, a half decent squad sitting in mid table but way up the form league due to a world class manager who stated his desire to stay and build something. We can all speculate as to why we aren’t being sold but from where the majority of people are sitting it certainly looks like he doesn’t want to let go of his nice little earner.

  • hibbit

    Nov 1, 2019 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #56

    NY Mag
    well said sir,
    if you have information you think NUST may have missed pass it on privately through Neil/Ed anonymity is quite understandable under the circumstances.
    it takes a big man to apologises, well done i’m sure Genjikai will appreciate it,

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 1, 2019 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #57

    Jail I think Ashley will sell if there’s a good offer that comes his way. I think if we are doing well then it’s more likely a buyer who won’t want to negotiate and will just come in and buy the club with no messing in the matter of days is more likely. I know people don’t like to hear it but financially if we stay in the league we are in nice position now and the club as we all know could be such a powerhouse with the right owner in place. We already have the fans, the stadium, the global fan base (to an extent and will be dwindling). We must be attractive so if we are doing well in my eyes we have a chance. I really couldn’t cope if we end up doing a Sunderland!

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 1, 2019 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #58

    Just a point in the politics discussion. How does Corbyn think he will negotiate a new deal to take to the people that will be better than what is currently on the table. Johnson was dead set on taking us out so (although being undermined by parliament) had the best chance of negotiating a deal of any substance. What’s on the table will clearly by the best that is offered so it’s a case of like it or lump it. Anyway Johnson will win and push this deal through no doubt. I couldn’t face any party in power with the likes of Abbott and Khan in tow! There all a bunch of scum bags in my eyes.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #59

    I’m just wondering why you should target Diane Abbott and Sadiq Khan. What do they have in common – apart from their politics?

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 1, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #60

    Ron knee that’s very simple they are both imbecile’s of the highest order. Don’t try and make this about something it’s not.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 1, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #61

    I don’t like Rees Mogg if you want me to be more diverse….jeez this is the world we live in!

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #62

    See the dangers of turning this into a political blog ?
    Give it a rest everyone and respect Ed Harrison.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #63

    Everyone will be watching SB’s presser later today like a hawk
    not least Manuel Pellegrini.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #64

    Apart from the midfield two I think we’ll start of as we did vs Wolves
    last Sunday
    Yedlin Lascelles Fernandez Clark Willems
    Almiron Shelvey Hayden Saint-Maximin

  • EastEnd

    Nov 1, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #65

    I know politics is a no go on the blog but I wouldn’t mind an amnesty on that rule given these unprecedented times. Maybe a dedicated thread where those that want to can discuss?

    I think making the right decision now is way more important than honouring an unhonourably conducted referendum (on both sides) of 3 yrs ago. Democracy would not be harmed by another act of democracy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #66

    Lewis Dunk at home to Norwich in a 5-3-2 or Callum Wilson at home to Man U in a 4-3-3 any thoughts lads, Norwich have only scored once on the road and Wilson seems to have hit a bad run, as have Bournemouth in the scoring department.(btw Jibbers, they aren’t all out with serious ankle injuries)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #67

    Ah, the rugger is on, does this fixture hold more weight than the football world cup, which to be honest is a pretty pointless affair.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 1, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #68

    Apologies to the Harrisons, but this is funny, topical to the Night Shift and appropriate for the time of year (or it was yesterday anyway)


  • JohnJ

    Nov 1, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #69

    OLG @ no 5

    You have it absolutely spot on and you echo my feelings to a T

    You other thing that bothers me greatly about the EU is How come they never have audits in the EU? Where does ALL the money go? It’s a bit like Mr Ashley and where does all the Newcastle cash go to but on a much bigger scale! He (Mr. Ashley) has problems getting a company to audit his books! How accurate are the audits? Where does all the money go?

    When I was a young lad my mother taught me to save my pennies and not to get into debt and to be accountable. That’s what the EU are not as Mr Ashley is not either!


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