Luis Fernandez (footballer, born 2001)

Luis Theo Fernandez (born 28 September 2001) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for National League South club Oxford City, on loan from Stevenage.

Luis Fernandez
Personal information
Full name Luis Theo Fernandez[1]
Date of birth (2001-09-28) 28 September 2001 (age 19)
Place of birth Enfield, Greater London, England
Playing position(s) Defender[2]
Club information
Current team
Oxford City
(on loan from Stevenage)
Youth career
2015–2019 Stevenage
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Stevenage 4 (0)
2020–Oxford City (loan) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 October 2020 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Fernandez joined Stevenage at the age of 13, and progressed through the club's youth system.[3] Following Ben Wilmot's inclusion in the Stevenage first-team; Fernandez, who was still playing regularly for the club's U16 team at the time, was called up to play at centre-back in the FA Youth Cup against Middlesbrough's U18 team.[4] He played 90 minutes of the match, which Stevenage lost 2–1.[5] Stevenage head of academy coaching Stephen Payne stated he felt Fernandez's late inclusion and ability to deal with the "pressure environment" put Fernandez in good stead for his professional career.[4]

Whilst still a second-year scholar, aged 17,[3] Fernandez made his first-team debut in Stevenage's 2–1 home loss to Southend United in the EFL Cup on 13 August 2019, playing the whole match.[6] After the match, he was singled out for praise by manager Dino Maamria, who described Fernandez's debut as being "a Man of the Match performance".[3] Fernandez signed his first professional contract on 28 August 2019.[7] He made eight first-team appearances during the 2019–20 season.[8]

Having made one first-team appearance for Stevenage during the opening month of the 2020–21 season,[9] Fernandez joined National League South club Oxford City on a three-month loan deal on 9 October 2020.[10] He made his debut as a 60th-minute substitute in Oxford City's 1–1 away draw with Chelmsford City on 10 October 2020.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 17 October 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stevenage 2019–20[8] League Two 4 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 8 0
2020–21[9] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 9 0
Oxford City (loan) 2020–21[2] National League South 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 6 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 11 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance in EFL Trophy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notification of shirt numbers: Stevenage" (PDF). English Football League. p. 68. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Soccerway – Luis Fernandez". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Maamria: It will make us stronger". Stevenage F.C. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Digital Programme: Stevenage vs Bradford City". Stevenage F.C. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Stevenage U18 1–2 Middlesbrough U18". Soccerway. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Stevenage 1–2 Southend United". BBC Sport. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Fernandez & Smith sign pro deals". Stevenage F.C. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Games played by Luis Fernandez in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Games played by Luis Fernandez in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Fernandez joins Oxford City on loan". Stevenage F.C. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Chelmsford City 1–1 Oxford City". Soccerway. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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