NUFC star officially the best player outside the ‘big 6’ in these TWO key areas this season

According to the statistics, no player outside the league’s “big 6” has made more blocks and clearances per game than Federico Fernandez

This comes from brilliant Twitter page ‘The Other 14“, which shares several statistics revolving around all the clubs outside of Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

As shown below, when it comes to blocks and clearances, no player in the Premier League contributes more regularly in this area, with the Argentinian averaging over 8 per 90 minutes:

Interestingly, he’s not the only Newcastle defender who’s ranked highly, with Ciaran Clark ranked in 5th (averages 7.44 blocks and clearances per game) and Jamaal Lascelles coming in at 11th (6.58 blocks and clearances per 90).

I can’t remember the last time we had such strength in depth at centre-back, but what’s so impressive about the likes of Fernandez and Clark is the fact they were ranked at 5th and 6th choice not so long ago by Bruce.

The Argentine was struggling to even make his match day squads earlier in the season while Clark has regularly been that squad player who only starts if one of Lejeune or Dummett got injured.

Now, I’d argue Fernandez and Clark are two of our most reliable defenders and probably our top performing centre-backs this season – something these stats back up.

They may not be out and out ball players like Schar and Lejeune, but they’ve barely put a foot wrong this season and rarely let us down defensively.

To think Fernandez will leave on a free this summer as things stand. Let’s hope he the new deal he well and truly deserves!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

2 thoughts on “NUFC star officially the best player outside the ‘big 6’ in these TWO key areas this season

  1. Why is this such a great statistic, to me it means the midfield are the poorest in the league to allow the back line and the keeper (number 1 for saves) to be so busy.

    We where terrible again last night and this isnt going to change over a season let alone over night.


  2. Sick to the back teeth of reading reports on who we are in the transfer market for next, nearly every day it’s another name, another position, it’s all bull shxt and annoying.

    On top of all this the transfer window has closed and so seems interest from new buyers x3 “what a joke this club is becoming” the likes of Brighton, Norwich and Villa are laughing at us.


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