Exclusive: Robinson claims rarely-used Newcastle player gave Bruce food for thought v Wolves

Paul Robinson claimed that Newcastle United defender Federico Fernandez gave Steve Bruce food for thought with his performance in the 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider pundit Laura O’Leary, the ex-Tottenham and Blackburn shot-stopper suggested Fernandez would have caught Bruce’s eye as it was a very good defensive performance by the Magpies on Sunday.

Fernandez was making his first league start of the season against Wolves after previously only playing 23 minutes of league action due to Bruce only using him from the bench.

The Argentina international not only helped the Magpies keep a clean sheet against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side but also registered an assist as it was his cross Jamaal Lascelles converted to open the scoring.

Robinson pointed out that Newcastle did well to come away with a point from Sunday’s game as after Sean Longstaff got sent-off they were under the cosh defensively.

When asked if Fernandez would have given Bruce food for thought after his impressive display against Wolves on Sunday, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah definitely especially when they went down to 10-men as they had their backs-to-the-wall and offered very little offensively.

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“They were under the cosh defensively and probably for them in hindsight, to come away with the draw was a good result and it was a good defensive performance.”

Fernandez arrived at St James Park from Swansea City in the summer of 2018 after Newcastle paid £6million for his services and made 23 appearances across all competitions in his debut campaign for the club.

The 30-year-old centre-back has played 140 times in the Premier League during his career and has racked up 34 clean sheets in the process.

Fernandez’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season as he only penned a two-year deal upon joining the Magpies.

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