Peter Beardsley gives his verdict on Newcastle's Victor Fernandez

Peter Beardsley
Peter Beardsley

Victory Fernandez caught the eye as Newcastle United opened thier Checkatrade Trophy campaign.

Peter Beardsley's side beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 at Gresty Road last night.

And Fernandez, signed in January from Spanish club UE Cornella, set up the only goal, scored by Liam Smith.

The 19-year-old was taken off at the break, having missed most of pre-season because of injury.

Fernandez used his pace early in the game when he troubled the home defence.

Coach Beardsley said: "We hope we've got a good player, but he's still young and he still isn't developed.

"He's a good footballer – technically very good – and delivers good balls and was involved in the first goal, which was a really good goal from our point of view.

"We hope we've got a player, but we don't want to put pressure on him yet.

"The plan was to give him 45 minutes as he hasn't played most of pre-season, because he's been injured.

"Callum Roberts was the same, but I kept him on a bit longer. They want to play."