The Manchester United loanee turned in a solid first shift for the Viola against Genoa last weekend, notching a pair of key passes in a 14 minute cameo from the bench. His brief showing suggested that a recovery from his disappointing years at Old Trafford could finally be put behind him.
'Anderson can play a little bit of everything', boss Vincenzo Montella said of his new signing this week. 'In our method of play that is ideal'.
And the Italian tactician saw fit to hand the Brazilian his first start as Fiorentina traveled to Sardinia to take on Cagliari on Sunday.
Matters didn’t exactly go to plan for the Manchester United man, however, as after a rather dour 53 minutes, the 25-year-old was benched in favour of Borja Valero. Although he completed a fairly respectable 80% of passes, the four balls that the midfielder misplayed were all hit backwards towards Fiorentina’s defenders, allowing the opposition to spark counter-attacks.
The Brazilian was unable to create any clear-cut chances this time out, although in fairness to him Fiorentina struggled collectively as they looked off the pace in a 1-0 defeat.
Fiorentina are scheduled to play eight domestic and European games over the next four weeks, so the Manchester United loanee should have plenty of time on the pitch to showcase his talents.
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