Newcastle Under-23 winger Victor Fernandez is still working his way back to full fitness from an injury-plagued season last year. He has shown flashes of quality for the Under-23s since he joined in February of 2017.
He has yet to put it all together in a Newcastle career that has been thwarted by injuries. Though he has put in some outstanding performances for the Under-23s this year.
Speaking after the win over rivals Sunderland, manager Neil Redfearn had nothing but praise for the young Spaniard:
“He was mercurial. In the first half, he was unplayable, it was like tackling smoke.
“They couldn’t get near him. It was a great run for the penalty and he was always going to bring him down, then he took his goal well.”
Victor is now 21-years-old and should be pushing for a first-team place at his age. Fernandez, though, is still a bit away from making a breakthrough into the senior side.
However, Steve Bruce is well aware of the explosive winger. Speaking in the Chronicle, Bruce was asked if he was monitoring the progress of Victor:
“Yeah. But there’s two or three that you always keep an eye on. When we get them up occasionally you take a look.
“We are getting towards a full squad now so it will be difficult. But as we have proved with the Longstaffs it can only be a good thing.”
If Fernandez can get some more U-23 matches under his belt, it may be best to look for a loan move in January for the youngster. He’ll need to get some first-team football at the senior level to continue his development.
Victor has the skill to become a quality player for Newcastle; however, he needs to prove that he can take the physicality of the English game. Getting half a season in League One or Two under his belt could be the right test for him.
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