Fernandez is settled into Swans life
3rd October 2014
Federico Fernandez was fully prepared for what the Barclays Premier League had to throw at him well before his move to Swansea City.
The Argentinian international hopes to make his fourth appearance in English football's top flight when Newcastle United visit the Liberty on Saturday.
Having had to wait for his opportunity to break into Garry Monk's first-team plans following his summer switch from Napoli, the centre-back is now aiming to make the most of his chance to impress.
And despite having already faced the likes of Chelsea, Southampton and Sunderland in his three league appearances to date, Fernandez feels his previous experiences have suitably prepared him for the hard knocks of the British game.
When asked about a scar on his right cheekbone inflicted by Fernandez's fellow countryman Gonzalo Bergessio during a Serie A clash between Napoli and Catania, the 25-year-old shrugs his shoulders and smiles: "It's from an elbow - it's just part of the job. It's normal."
Speaking via a translator, the softly-spoken defender smiles when describing the challenge of adapting not only to a new country, but league too.
"It's been easy to adapt because Napoli and Argentina both play the same style of good football," he said. "Right now it's more about adapting to the style of the Premier League, but in general it's been easy.
"The weather is very different! But I feel very comfortable - the marina is lovely and I have a relaxed life. I feel settled living with my family."
Settled off the pitch, Fernandez also feels settled on it.
Three clean sheets in his five appearances in all competitions for the Swans points to a successful start to life at his new club.
And he's targeting yet another as he prepares to face his international team-mate Fabricio Coloccini at SA1 on Saturday.
But Fernandez is well aware of the quality within Alan Pardew's squad.
"I know Colo - I've played in the national team with him and he's a really good player who knows the Premier League. I'm looking forward to playing against him," added Fernandez.
"We speak together from time to time and send messages.
"I've not spoken to Colo about the situation at Newcastle, but it's normal in football. They have really good players so they can change to situation.
"It's true they haven't had a good start to the season, but we have to take advantage to get three points."