Federico Fernandez is showing early signs he could go on to be a hero at Newcastle United or even be the next Fabricio Coloccini.

Newcastle snapped up Fernandez from just relegated Swansea City in the summer and it would definitely be an understatement to suggest that the club’s fans did not quite expect him to be so good.

Fernandez has defied all odds to go and establish himself as one of the first names on the starting lineup for Newcastle with some dominant, solid and passionate displays at the heart of the defense.

The player, who has already amassed 32 caps for Argentina has all the ingredients to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Fabricio Coloccini who engraved his name as one of the greatest players to have played in the white and black colours of Newcastle.

Fabricio Coloccini stayed eight years at Newcastle, captaining the Premier League side and establishing himself as a cult hero.

Amassing a total of 275 appearances for the Magpies, the veteran defender is well and truly considered a real fan favourite at Tyneside.

Fernandez has a really long way to go before he can be seen in the same light as Coloccini but he seems on the right path.

The 29 year old seems like a perfect fit at Tyneside and has already featured in 11 games for Newcastle United this term and has been a reliable and sturdy rock at the back.

His experience at Swansea City in the Premier League, as well as reuniting with former Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez, makes him a very useful player in Newcastle’s Premier League campaign.

Federico Fernandez is an Argentine professional footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Premier League club side Newcastle United.

He made his full international debut in 2009 and has since earned over 30 international caps for Argentina.