A table of clearances and blocks made by all of the defenders outside of the so-called top six has revealed that it is Newcastle’s very own Federico Fernandez that is, in theory, the Premier League’s busiest and most effective defender.
Fernandez has also contributed a goal and an assist up the other end, and at the moment, he is in fine form for us.
An unfortunate injury suffered by Fabian Schar gave Fernandez the chance to shine, and he has not disappointed in any of his three starts so far, and this is reflected in the stats.
Three other Newcastle defenders also make it onto the board with around about 6.4 defensive actions per game.
Is Fernandez, currently, our best defender?
Yes, he has impressed
No, playing well but others are better
However, this is Fernandez’s moment, and what these stats show is that he relishes defending, and at the moment, he has to be considered our best defender.