When the season started, both Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez were on the outside in terms of first-team places. Even with Florian Lejeune rehabbing from his knee injury, both Ciaran and Fede did not make a start in the league for the first two months of the season.
Bruce preferred a back three of Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, and Paul Dummett to start the campaign. However, a combination of injuries and rotation saw both players get chances that they refused to relinquish.
In the case of Federico Fernandez, it was an injury to Fabian Schar that cleared a path for the Argentine into the first team.
Fernandez made his first start against Wolves in October when Fabian Schar was ruled out with a knee injury. He’s kept his place and started every Premier League game since while scoring a couple of critical goals against West Ham and Southampton.
However, Fede is one of many Magpies whose future at the club are still up in the air. Last week, Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie tweeted the following about Federico Fernandez.
Had a chat with Newcastle’s South American pair Federico Fernández & Miguel Almiron this lunchtime. Defender Fernández revealed he’s yet to hold any talks with the club about a new contract. His current deal is of course up in the summer #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 27, 2020
The Chronicle are reporting that the 31-year-old is attracting attention from clubs in China, Russia, and the Middle East with his contract set to expire in four months.
However, they are also claiming that Fernandez is keen to continue his career with Newcastle. The club have an option to extend his contract for another year, which we have to assume they will do.
Fernandez is reportedly very happy on Tyneside and will likely hope he can work out an extension beyond just next year if Newcastle do trigger their option.
According to the Chronicle, Fede is relaxed about the situation and, despite interest from elsewhere, feels there is plenty of time to work something out with Newcastle.
With Steve Bruce transitioning to a back four last weekend, Fernandez has still managed to keep Fabian Schar out of the team. It’ll be interesting who Bruce selects at center-back against West Brom tomorrow and if he’ll stick with the new formation.
Whatever he decides, we’ll likely see Fernandez get the nod once again at Southampton on Saturday to make his 20th straight start in the Premier League.
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