Federico Fernandez makes it into Garth Crooks' team of the week
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Federico Fernandez makes it into Garth Crooks' team of the week

Newcastle’s stand-in centre-back, Federico Fernandez, has been named in Garth Crooks’ BBC Sport Premier League team of the week, the second successive time a Toon player has made the cut.

Fernandez follows on from Jonjo Shelvey, who was included the previous weekend, but although each deserved their reward for top performances, both were slightly surprising inclusions.

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Speaking about the Argentine after the win against Bournemouth, Crooks said: “Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin may have been the defenders who scored Newcastle’s goals but in [sic] was Fernandez who won them the points.

“It was the Argentine who was prepared to put his head in the fray to stop Joshua King from nodding home an equaliser. It was just enough for King to think about a clash of heads or a broken nose but it was enough.”

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It is fantastic for Fernandez, who has been superb since deputising for the injured Fabian Schar, and while he did not get on the score-sheet this week, his defensive display was impressive.

No spot for any Newcastle forwards

Whereas last weekend Allan Saint-Maximin seemed unlucky to be omitted, Miguel Almiron was similarly overlooked this weekend, with the Paraguayan having an excellent game.

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Of course, it may have been different had Almiron managed to avoid hitting Saint-Maximin, and scored his first Newcastle goal, and a similar thing could be said for the Frenchman at West Ham last week.

It is further proof that forward players will be judged on goals, and little else.

The very fact that Newcastle players are being noticed is a positive sign, with performances definitely improving lately.

That said, Newcastle cannot rely on defenders to continue scoring goals, and in future weeks, it would be nice to see some of the attacking players named in Crooks’ teams, mainly because it would mean they were starting to find the net.