Newcastle United played out a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace yesterday in an uninspiring match.

Neither team could break the deadlock and it had some Newcastle fans worrying about the attack.

The Magpies have scored just four goals in six Premier League games this season.

But the defence has been a positive for Rafa Benitez’s men. Newcastle were solid at the back yesterday.

And have they found a new cult hero in Federico Fernandez? We take a look.


LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Newcastle’s last hero at the back was Fabricio Coloccini. The 39-cap Argentina international played over 250 games for Newcastle in an eight-year stay at the club.

He was a captain and a leader on the field and one of the best centre-backs in the division.

Newcastle fans would love to have a prime Coloccini back in their side now.

New Argentinian hero?

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace shoots during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on September 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Newcastle may have found their new talisman. Federico Fernandez had a great game against Crystal Palace and he looks the real deal.

Having joined this summer from Swansea City, could Fernandez be the new Coloccini for Newcastle fans?

The 32-cap Argentina international has impressive match stats, as sourced from Who Scored.

Fernandez managed to make three tackles and four interceptions to nullify the Crystal Palace threat.

The 29-year-old also managed a staggering 11 clearances. Most teams have struggled to cope with Wilfred Zaha this season but Fernandez managed it.

Can he keep this form up and help Newcastle rise up the league table?