Newcastle’s Federico Fernandez is receiving some high praise for his performance on Saturday. The 30-year-old Argentine started his third straight game for the injured Fabian Schar.
Fernandez was outstanding and seemed to go into another gear when Jamaal Lascelles went off injured after 20 minutes. It was the best we’ve ever seen Fernadez play.
With his performance, Fede has earned some accolades. BBC’s football analyst Garth Crooks has selected Fernandez for his team of the week. He joins Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira and Sheffield United’s Chris Basham as the pundit’s top defenders of the weekend.
Crooks points out that the center-back led Newcastle with 62 touches, and his 35 passes were joint top. Crooks says the despite Fernandez not being one of the defenders who scored on Saturday, his gritty performance was a dominant factor in Newcastle securing all three points.
However, Federico Fernandez may have a legitimate claim for the game-winning goal. He tweeted a video of the goal from a new angle. It appears to show that Ciaran Clark may not have gotten a touch on the ball.
VAR please I think it’s my goal ? https://t.co/iMCxyXd7rl
— Fede Fernandez (@pajarofernandez) November 11, 2019
Well, it’s a very close call whether Clark did get his foot on the ball. Whether he did or didn’t, he played a crucial role as his presence allowed the ball to get past Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale.
Either way, both Fernandez and Clark have been exceptional since they returned to the fold. Both are consummate professionals who have stepped up when Newcastle needed them the most.