Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez can gain further plaudits this weekend by keeping Bournemouth’s in-form striker Callum Wilson quiet.
Fernandez has been a shining light for struggling Newcastle so far. Arguably, he’s been the Magpies’ most consistent performer, and looks great value following his £6 million summer move from Swansea City.
The Spaniard is set to start at the weekend again at St. James’ Park, and will likely be partnered with Fabian Schar, with Jamaal Lascelles a big doubt after sustaining a shoulder injury during the 1-0 win over Watford.
The captain trained this week but Rafa Benitez confirmed it would be ‘difficult’ for him to play.
It’ll be down to Fernandez to step up in his absence, and a strong showing against Wilson will endear him to the Toon Army faithful even more.
Red-hot Wilson a big test for Fernandez
Battles might not come much tougher for Fernandez all season than Wilson in his current form.
The Cherries hitman has bagged six goals and, impressively, made seven assists in 11 Premier League appearances.
His brilliant campaign so far has landed him a first call-up to the England squad, and he’ll be full of confidence heading into Saturday’s clash.
If Fernandez can keep Wilson quiet, then Newcastle stand a good chance of getting something out of the game.
It’ll be a tall order since he has been so sharp, both in terms of goalscoring and creativity, but nullifying him could leave Bournemouth there for the taking.