Newcastle United’s Last Gasp Move For Former World Cup Finalist

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Transfers - 20:00 Aug 7th 2018

Having performed above expectations to secure a top-ten finish last season, Newcastle have made six additions to their squad ahead of a daunting start to the new campaign that will see them face Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in their opening five fixtures.

One of those signings was centre-back Fabian Schär, but a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered by Florian Lejeune means that the Magpies remain on the lookout for somebody to join the Swiss international, Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles in that position.

If media reports are to be believed, then that man could well be Federico Fernandez, a player who excelled at Napoli under Rafael Benitez, though Swansea are thought to be holding out for a £10m fee before letting him go.

The Argentina international, part of his country’s squad as they reached the final of the World Cup back in 2014, has already expressed his desire to continue playing at the highest level, and perhaps his current employers would have been had he featured in every game last term:

Federico Fernandez
CLUB Swansea CityAGE 29Y 5M
POS DEFHEIGHT 6FT 3IN
2017/18
WITH
WITHOUT
Matches
30
8
Win %
23%
13%
Draw %
23%
25%
Loss %
53%
63%
Avg Goal for
0.8
0.5
Avg Goals against
1.5
1.4
Mins per goal for
112.5
180
Mins per goal against
60
65.5
Shots for per game
6
7.5
Points per game
0.9
0.6
Clean sheets
7
2
TOTAL
8
3

In fact, Swansea won an extra 10% of their top-flight matches when the 29-year-old took to the pitch during 2017/18, averaging 0.3 more points per game and keeping seven of their nine clean sheets along the way.

A no-nonsense defender who isn’t afraid to get the ball out of dangerous areas, Fernandez also boasts the sort of experience that can be hard to come by, having clocked up over 100 appearances in the Premier League:

Newcastle may want to negotiate a player-plus-cash deal for the centre-back, as £10m represents a significant part of their remaining transfer budget, but the former Swansea captain’s performances during his time in England have certainly been pretty consistent.

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