Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says Southampton’s Dusan Tadic and Manchester City’s Fernando are the two summer signings who impressed him the most during the Premier League’s opening weekend.
Tadic became new Southampton manager Ronald Koeman’s first signing last month when he arrived from FC Twente for around £11 million, after scoring 16 goals in 33 games during the 2013-14 Eredivisie campaign.
Tasked with replacing Adam Lallana’s influence in the lineup, after his £25 million departure to Liverpool, who the Saints faced on the weekend, the Serbian winger earned positive reviews for his display, despite the 2-1 defeat, and Murphy believes he is set for an excellent first season.
‘It would probably be Tadic, the lad from Southampton playing on the left-side, who’s come from the Dutch League,’ he said on MOTD3, when asked which new arrivals had impressed him the most thus far.
‘He’s very creative, always looking to make things happen, and he really impressed me.
‘He’s technically very gifted and, especially considering they lost Lallana’s creativity, I think he could be a big player for them this season.’
Fernando, meanwhile, made over 140 league appearances for Porto over the past seven seasons, winning four league titles, two Portuguese Cups, two Portuguese SuperCups and the Europa League, before a £12 million move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
After a largely disappointing performance in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield, the Brazilian midfielder was much more impressive in the weekend’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United, with his outing catching the attention of the ex-England international.
‘I also like the lad Fernando, at Manchester City. He’s already showed terrific athleticism, broke up play really well, and he just loves defending,’ he added. ‘He did that role sitting in front of the back four as well as anybody in the Premier League.’