The Brazilian midfielder has been a mainstay in the Etihad Stadium side since his summer move from Shakhar Donetsk – but how has he settled into his new environment?
When Manchester City announced the summer signing of Fernandinho, many predicted that the Brazilian could well be the driving force to lead the side back to the Premier League title. The dynamism, box-to-box play and thunderous long shots that he displayed in the Champions League for the Ukrainian side resulted in him being likened to Yaya Toure, with the duo predicted to overpower Premier League midfields all-season long.
It is fair to say that thusfar Fernandinho has put in some competent performances but has failed to set the world on fire in his fledgling days in England. His best performance of the season to date was in the Manchester derby, where the South American played his part in dominating an underwhelming United midfield, resulting in a comprehensive 4-1 win for his side.
In this clash, Fernandinho showed energy, drive and combativeness that was typical of his Shakhtar days and an insight into why City shelled out so much money on him.
However, through the rest of the games he has featured in to date, his performances have been up and down. The battler proved ineffective in City’s defeat to Cardiff, while also was not at his best in the unconvincing home win over Hull.
It appears that in the bigger games Fernandinho is ready to step up and be counted, however to be an important man in the City midfield he needs to show more consistency in games against the so-called lesser teams. His form also seems reliant on the team performance; when City have been good his positive attributes have been on show, while when they are off the boil he has went down with the sinking ship.
Despite Fernandinho’s considerable ability and reputation, Toure still remains the driving force from the centre of the park for City. The African has been in excellent form this term and is arguably the best central midfielder in the country when at his best. His box-to-box play and contribution both defensively and in the final third are what City hoped for from Fernandinho this term.
There is no doubt that there is a lot more to come from Fernandinho as he continues to settle into life at City. If he can live up to his ability, Manuel Pellegrini has arguably the most rounded central midfield duo in the Premier League at his disposal, but a few inconsistences needed to be stamped out of the Brazilian’s game if this to be the case.
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