It’s not been the best of deadline days, but one small positive was the signing of Swansea’s Federico Fernandez – with the Argentine international arriving for £6m and signing an initial two year deal with the club.
As a result, we’ve reached out to Swansea City fan Gareth Thomas, conducting a short Q&A with him to get the low down on Fernandez – a defender we can expect to see a lot of this season following the long-term injury suffered by Florian Lejeune.
Here’s what he had to say in response to our questions about the 6ft 2′ centre-back:
Q1) Getting straight to it, what do you make of Fernandez as a player? Will he be a good signing for Rafa Benitez?
“I really rate Fernandez as a player.
“He came to us with a good reputation from Napoli and on the back of international appearances for Argentina and I was instantly impressed with him. He linked up really well with Ashley Williams and is a classy defender.
“He has had some difficult moments in a Swans shirt, in particular under Bob Bradley (most did to be fair!) where he lacked concentration at times, which led to us conceding really soft, avoidable goals.
“His passing is generally very good, but can be risky at times.
“Overall, you will like him as a player and last season in particular, he was definitely our best defender and with Fabianski and Mawson, he was one of our best players.”