Federico Fernandez scored his first goal for Newcastle United against West Ham on Saturday. For the second straight game, Fernandez came in for the injured Fabian Schar and was able to channel Fabian’s attacking prowess.
Last week it was a dangerous cross that Jamaal Lascelles headed home and this past weekend Fernandez took the glory himself by heading a Jetro Willems delivery into the net.
It has been some return for the 30-year-old who previously was limited to a few late-game substitutions and a lone start in the Carabao Cup.
We would expect that Fernandez will keep his place this coming Saturday at St James Park even if Fabian is ready to return. In fact, we think it will be an unchanged side for Bournemouth before the next international break.
This next match is another opportunity for Newcastle to climb further away from the relegation places. Two wins on the trot makes such a difference in this league.
If the lads can claim another victory this weekend, it could propel them into mid-table as they prepare for the flurry of fixtures coming before the new year.
Fernandez has spoken about the importance of winning consecutive matches in the Premier League. This is what the he had to say as published in the Chronicle:
“For us, we were playing good, in a good shape, especially defensively.
“I think, next week, we have an opportunity to win two games in a row, which would be massive in the Premier League.
“We need to work hard and repeat the performance.
“Every game is different, but it’s important for us. This kind of performance, we need to repeat as much as we can.
“If we can, we will be in a good position.”
It is very important for the lads to keep putting in the performances. After the win against Manchester United, captain Jamaal Lascelles said that they had set their standard.
We saw a new level this past weekend as the lads were able to create loads of chances. If Newcastle can build on that while maintaining their defensive responsibilities, they should be in a good position to continue to push up the table.