Newcastle United announced the capture of Federico Fernandez from Swansea for £6m on deadline day and their fans were split on what to make of the Argentine.
Magpies fans have suffered a difficult summer, during which Rafa Benitez has been forced to only spend money he has made from player sales by owner Mike Ashley. Newcastle ended the window with six additions to the squad and 10 departures, and their record transfer still remains £17m for Micheal Owen in 2005.
Fernandez joins for just £6m though, which could be a good deal for the club if he can rediscover the form he showed while playing under Benitez at Napoli. Last season he made 30 appearances as the Swans were relegated from the Premier League.
Fernandez is eligible to face Tottenham on Tyneside this Saturday, but the Newcastle fans on Twitter couldn’t agree whether his signing was a step forward for the club or not. Check out some of the best reactions here.
Just to clarify, if any non-#NUFC fan out there is thinking that signing relegated Federico Fernandez from Swansea represents 'a good signing' or 'Benitez getting what he wants', you are horribly, horribly wrong. It is a desperation, last-ditch, nobody-else-available signing.
— James Shaw (@BigShaw1) August 9, 2018
Bit weird it's only a 2 yr deal but glad to have Fernandez on board #nufc
— Joe (@Joenufc1987) August 9, 2018
Swansea fans saying lots of good things about Fernandez. Seems a good defender that will put his heart on the line. #NUFC
— Zak Stephenson (@ZakStephenson24) August 9, 2018
Judging by how gutted many Swansea fans seem to be, Fernandez could be a real bargain. #nufc
— Andrew Weatherhead (@a_weatherhead2) August 9, 2018
Over a 100 prem appearances 32 caps for Argentina, Rafa getting the best with the pennies he's got #Fernandez ⚫⚪
— Brett Howell (@Brett_nufc) August 9, 2018
Decent signing for us tbf,and he linked up very well with Rafa at napoli, so he should get the best out of him.
— ⚽Gavin Brumwell🕹 (@Gav_brumwell_) August 9, 2018
— Kyle Marshall (@kyle_marshall9) August 9, 2018