City fans were left frustrated on Twitter with the midfielder's Premier League display against Hull City.
Not because there are two sides to the argument. Generally, City fans seem to agree when it comes to describing the 27-year-old - he's either had a good game or a bad one.
But the consistency of those good and bad performances seems to wane. The Brazilian started slowly at the Etihad Stadium, before producing a string of more impressive displays for Manuel Pellegrini's men.
Now, though, the Manchester City man looks as though he's regressed. Against Hull City, supporters were left puzzled as to just what he offers as Pellegrini's side struggled in midfield and failed to win their fourth game since Yaya Toure left for the African Cup of Nations.
Such was the lack of leadership from Fernando and team-mate Fernandinho, many fans even asked why Manchester City ever sold Nigel de Jong...
Two points dropped for City (and it could have been more had James Milner not equalised with a fabulous late free-kick) meant a valuable point for Hull, of course. But, considering the Tigers' struggles, holding on for all three was imperative.
As for Fernando, he may yet write his name into Manchester City folklore. But the jury is very much out, as yesterday's Twitter reaction suggests...
The absolute truth of why we are struggling is that Fernando is not good enough for the premier league! Switches off too often #mcfc— marv (@Marv_510) February 8, 2015
I don't understand how we can start with fernando and fernandinho together at home. Away from yes, but not at home. #mcfc— Robbo (@Robbo4MCFC) February 7, 2015
Can't play Dzeko and then have Nasri and Silva wide. They don't cross it. Fernando is no good on home games. Can't pass water #mcfc— Paul Bent (@benibent84) February 7, 2015
And can somebody please have a word with Manuel re: the qualities, or lack of, of Fernando and Fernadinho. Neither are good enough. #MCFC— Anthony Turner (@blue_moon123) February 7, 2015
We still haven't managed to replace Big Nigel De Jong. Best holding midfielder we had. #mcfc— Jamie Power (@jamie_power91) February 7, 2015