Newcastle United's forgotten man Victor Fernandez is back from injury and 'mercurial' talent is pushing for first team call-up

Chronicle Live Sports 1 month ago

Newcastle United's forgotten Spanish winger Victor Fernandez is pushing again for first team recognition.

The speedy 21-year-old broke on to the scene under Rafa Benitez and appeared in both pre-season and mid-season training camps with the first team, but suffered a campaign from hell last term with injury.

A longstanding heel problem required surgery last year but he is now fully fit and impressing again in the club's Under-23s.

His performance against Sunderland this week left coach Neil Redfearn blown away as the wide man's tricks out wide were back on display.

Fernandez's man of the match showing earned a penalty before he capped off the night with the game sealing goal.

Redfearn said: "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."

Fernandez was subbed late on and limped off the field at Eppleton, but Redfearn allayed fears.

He said: "It was just a little bit of tiredness.

"We thought it was a strain at first but it was just a bit of cramp."

Speaking on his return to action, Fernandez said to the club website after the win at Sunderland: "I've been out with an injury for such a long time so I can take a lot of confidence from scoring.

"I always want to play as well as possible and if I can provide assists and goals for the team, that is always great for me and gives me that extra boost.

"I was taken off after scoring but it was just a cramp I picked up.

"It was nothing too serious and I preferred to be substituted because the game was nearly won.

"I didn't want to take too much risk."

The Toon coach said: "It's good for him because he's worked really hard.

"We have played with one up top for the vast majority of the season.

"Luke is the only fit striker at the moment.

"We have midfielders but we are using what we've got and doing it quite well."

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