Premier League: Swansea boss Garry Monk backs new signing Federico Fernandez to impress
Last Updated: 22/08/14 4:48pm
Federico Fernandez: Joined Swansea on a four-year deal from Napoli
Swansea boss Garry Monk believes Federico Fernandez will be a success in the Premier League following his switch from Napoli.
Fernandez, who cost a fee reported to be in the region of £8million, has penned a four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium on the back of representing Argentina at the World Cup.
The Swans have had a busy summer in the transfer market, with Fernandez their latest addition after signing Lukasz Fabianski, Marvin Emnes, Bafetimbi Gomis, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero.
The 25-year-old needs international clearance before he can make his Swansea debut, but Monk has high hopes and thinks he will fit in well.
"He is an Argentina international, has played at a very high level with Napoli and was highly considered over there," said Monk.
"It's important we try and improve the quality all the time and he fits our profile.
"He is a good ball-playing centre-half, he is a good size and suits the way we play. Hopefully he can adapt as quick as possible and offer us the quality he obviously possesses.
"The Premier League is an eye-opener for everyone, but you don't play for the sides he has played for without being physical.
"Coming through in Argentina is very physical, they are a tough people naturally and he should suit us well.
"It's now about getting him up to full fitness as he had an extended break after the World Cup, more than some of our other players like Ki (Sung-yeung) and (Wilfried) Bony, as they reached the final."