A hard-running right-sided midfielder who has plenty to offer both in repelling opposing attacks and creating play, Augusto Fernandez has added another string to his bow as the years have passed: an ability to get into goalscoring positions.
Though Fernandez, who began his professional career with River Plate in 2005, is hardly the archetypal goalscoring midfielder, he has increased his strike rate in recent years. After scoring just twice in four seasons with Los Millonarios and twice more with St Etienne in his first year in Europe, he has amassed some 28 goals in the last four seasons, which he has spent with Velez Sarsfield – where he enjoyed a productive stay – and current employers Celta Vigo.
Having crossed paths with the player during his spell in charge at Estudiantes, Alejandro Sabella brought him into the national side in September 2011, shortly after he took over, handing him starts in two friendlies against Brazil. Fernandez became a familiar name in Sabella’s squad announcements in 2013 and though he enjoyed few opportunities in the qualifiers for Brazil 2014, he did gain the coach’s confidence and a place in his 23-man squad.