Newcastle United fans on Twitter have been sharing their criticism for Toon defender Federico Fernandez for his performance during the club’s recent 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League.
Fernandez opened the scoring in the game, but it was for the wrong team, as it was his own goal that put Frank Lampard’s side ahead in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Tammy Abraham then doubled Chelsea’s lead in the second half which ultimately secured the three points for the west London club.
Throughout the game, a lot of Newcastle fans were tweeting their thoughts on Fernandez.
So, what did these Newcastle fans make of Fernandez’s performance against Chelsea?
Fernandez has been awful today #nufc
— Megatoon1892 (@megatoon1892) November 21, 2020
FERNANDEZ. Why don’t you get off the pitch if you’re going to let a player burn you like that without ANY resistance. Disgrace. #NEWCHE
— Calum (@calum326) November 21, 2020
Fernandez is typically our best CB, but he’s been horrendous today. It’s almost like having a manager like Rafa and then going to Bruce has an affect on players #NUFC
— Erik Anderson (@ErikAndoNUFC) November 21, 2020
Newcastle signed the defender back in the 2018 summer transfer window from Swansea City for a fee of £6.03 million.
Fernandez usually our best CB, but he’s had a howler today #NUFC
— LankyBoi (@LankyB0i) November 21, 2020
Overall, the Argentine has made 67 appearances for the Toon in which he has managed to score two goals and provide three assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
Federico Fernandez at fault for both goals. Getting too close to the ball then standing off too much, useless. #NUFC
— Andrew Costello (@gluedonbeard) November 21, 2020
Chronicle Live gave Fernandez a disappointing match rating of 3/10 for his performance and said that he spent the game “chasing defenders.”, so it comes as no surprise that Magpies fans are less than happy with the defender.
Fernandez cannot start from now on. He cannot pass and he has lost the ability to defend. Shocking
— Louis Realff (@LRealff) November 21, 2020
Was Fernandez Newcastle's worst player against Chelsea?
Worst game that Fernandez has had for us I think. #nufc
— Phyllis Dietrichson (@OfficielKaybaye) November 21, 2020
GET FERNANDEZ OUT OF MY CLUB https://t.co/YcfVqYVqco
— P (@JamessParkerr) November 21, 2020
Looking at these tweets from this group of Newcastle fans, it’s clear that they were not happy with Fernandez’s performance against Chelsea.
Even though his mistake gave Chelsea the lead early on in the game, the 31-year-old will have to make sure that he doesn’t make any similar mistakes throughout the remainder of the season.
Interestingly, Fernandez has featured in every single Premier League game for the Magpies so far this season, and they’ve only managed to keep a clean-sheet once. And, his overall rating in the Premier League this season stands at 6.45 (WhoScored), which places him in 12th position out of the Newcastle squad, despite him featuring in the starting XI on every occasion, so improvements are definitely needed.