Date: 27th August 2018 at 6:00pm
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With Jamaal Lascelles sidelined due to an ankle injury, Federico Fernandez had to step in to make his debut against high calibre opposition.

The Argentinian defender impressed many, including the Chronicle journalist Chris Waugh who thought the 29-year-old didn’t put a foot wrong in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea:

Fans on Twitter were in agreement with the reporter’s assessment:

Some supporters are intrigued to see whether he will be playing alongside our captain or as a possible replacement:

Fernandez did show some good leadership skills which isn’t surprising considering he was captain at Swansea. However, I would temper my praise by saying playing in a deep line, five-man defence is a lot easier than playing in a four.

He was relegated with the Swans last season, and while he definitely had a promising start yesterday, I think I will reserve judgement until I have seen him play more regularly in the first team.

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