Federico Fernandez has so far justified his Newcastle contract extension
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Federico Fernandez has so far justified his Newcastle contract extension

It’s been a bad start to the new season for Newcastle United.

The club are yet to win in the Premier League, and are also already out of the Carabao Cup.

To compound the poor results and performances, Newcastle then finished transfer deadline day without making a first-team signing.

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The Magpies did land Santiago Munoz, but the 19-year-old will head straight to the academy.

It means Joe Willock is the only incoming all summer.

As good as it was that he came back, the fact he is the only ‘new’ face is extremely disappointing.

It’s all doom and gloom at the moment, but there is perhaps one thing the club got right this summer.

Federico Fernandez was handed a new contract back in July.

It had looked at one point like he might move on, but the Magpies gave him a two-year deal. There is also an option of a further 12 months for the Argentine.

Newcastle may have been shipping goals a little too easily, but Fernandez has made a decent start.

Premier League statistics indicate that he is currently second in the division for blocks made (8), with only Arsenal’s Rob Holding (9) ahead of him.

He also ranks fifth in the league for clearances (17) and joint-third for headed clearances (10).

He’s only committed one foul and is yet to pick up any cards.

Fernandez has also been decent on the ball. He has made five progressive passes so far, and WhoScored have recorded his pass completion rate at 89%.

The others need to step up

Fernandez is doing his bit, and the others need to be stepping to get on his level.

The star joined the club from Swansea City back in 2018 around £6 million (BBC Sport)

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He’s probably no longer at the level he was in previous seasons, but he’s proven to be good business by the Magpies.

Hopefully, he can maintain this kind of level and there won’t be a decline. Because that would be a real worry.