Manchester United's Daley Blind is proving an astute addition early on at the club, and will feature in his first derby for the club this weekend.
The Red Devils travel to the Etihad on Sunday, where they were hammered last season, and a player like Blind was really lacking.
A £14 million signing from Ajax, statistics from his early performances so far show Blind has been outperforming Manchester City's Fernandinho.
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The Brazilian was bought from Shakhtar Donetsk for £34 million a season ago, and while he has a Premier League winners medal thanks to his efforts last season, he may wonder whether he will be handed a start if Manuel Pellegrini elects to shake up the side which lost 2-0 to Newcastle in midweek.
While the players have an even pass completion rate of 89 per cent each, it is Blind who makes more tackles per game, more interceptions per game, and who creates most chances.
None of which is to talk down Fernandinho's talents, more to talk up the Dutchman, who looks like a real bargain at £14 million. If he can continue to show his form against Manchester City, then United have a real chance of securing a second away win at The Etihad in three seasons, with memories of the 3-2 win in 2012/13 still likely to be in the mind of match winner that day Robin van Persie.