Victor Fernandez has very quickly adapted to life at Newcastle United, both on and off the pitch.
His arrival from Spanish third tier side UE Cornella was only confirmed two weeks ago but the 18 year old has been thrown straight into action with the Newcastle reserve (Under 23s) set-up.
Unlike most of Newcastle’s signings from overseas, Victor Fernandez has a major advantage, with his English being excellent.
Rafa Benitez has brought in six signings from abroad during this season to beef up his younger age groups but none of the others have been fast-tracked like Fernandez.
Scoring once and getting two assists against Bristol City’s second string, the exciting young talent is hoping it build on that today when Blackburn visit for a noon kick-off.
Always nice to hear new players talking so positively about our club and city but it rings a lot more true when they are also doing the business on the pitch.
Good luck to Victor Fernandez and all of the other young players at the club, if Newcastle are going to one day be a major force in the future, sorting out the youth set-up at the club is a massive priority.
The fact that Rafa Benitez is investing time and effort away from the first team, hopefully indicates that he is seeing Newcastle United as a long-term project.
Victor Fernandez talking to the club website:
“I think it’s a great club, and the people have received me very well. It’s been great.
“When Newcastle wanted me, I was very excited because I have always liked the English league. I think Newcastle is a club with a lot of history – I like that..
“Newcastle is a very good place – I have seen the city – and my teammates have received me very well.
“Spain and England are like opposites, with the weather and these things, but I will get used to it. Here there is always clouds, and Spain is sunny all day, gloves and a long-sleeved shirt (now he’s in Newcastle)
“The football is different because here it is more physical and fast but in Spain it’s more about passing, passing, passing. Also, the pitch in Spain is artificial so it’s not very heavy, and here I get tired more quickly, but I have to get used to it with time and playing.
“I think I’ve been good, but I have to improve more, and get used to English football. It’s always important to score, and getting two assists, I am happy. I hope I can do more for Newcastle.
“My purpose was not to make an impact really quickly, because I’m new and I have to get used to English football – it’s really different from Spain. I hope, little by little, I can keep doing good things here.”
“I’m the youngest guy in the team, so it’s very good to play with them (older players)
“To score some goals would be nice but the most important thing is to do good things for the team and to help each other.
“Now I’m in the Under 23s, I have a long time to be here at Newcastle and I hope, someday, maybe I could play at St James Park.”