Pundit’s Choice: Fernandinho

Pundit’s Choice: Fernandinho

Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season in emphatic fashion on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men went into their meeting with Burnley at the Etihad Stadium having won six and drawn the other of their opening seven league games, thus sitting top of the pile at the second international break of the season. And that is where the Citizens remain after thumping the Clarets 5-0 at the weekend, with goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, and Leroy Sane sealing a comprehensive success for the defending champions.

As such, there have been many delighted City fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has suggested that midfielder Fernandinho has been ‘as important to Manchester City as Yaya Toure, David Silva, and Vincent Kompany over the years’.

And while there is little doubting that the latter trio have played a vital part in the recent history of the North West outfit, Brazil international Fernandinho has certainly done his bit in helping Guardiola’s side become one of the best in the country – thus, Crooks’ very bold claim is absolutely spot on.

Ultimately, messrs Toure, Silva, and Kompany have all been stalwarts for City over the years to help them win three Premier League titles and a whole host of other domestic trophies – Toure at one stage was the best midfielder in the country; Silva continues to be one of the best; and it was widely recognised that City were significantly better defensively when Kompany was in the team.

Yet one can attribute the same level of importance to Fernandinho and his role in this City team, not least given the fact that manager Guardiola labelled him as one of the best three holding midfielders in the world last year.

The 33-year-old made the move to the Etihad Stadium back in 2013 and has since gone on to appear 243 times for the North West club, 174 of which coming in the Premier League in helping the club win the title back in 2014 and of course last season under Guardiola.

Significantly, it says a lot when Fernandinho has appeared at least 32 times in all five of his full seasons in the Premier League to underline his consistently high-level displays in the middle of the park – last season in particular he gave Guardiola’s team much-needed balance in the centre of the pitch, and will do the same this term.

And with no one else in the team capable of doing that in the same efficient and effective way as the Brazilian, he is vitally important to this City team – be it on the ball or indeed off it, the lynchpin has everything needed to dominate the midfield in the Premier League.

And while there haven’t been too many occasions whereby City have had to make-do without Fernandinho, it speaks volumes when he is consistently getting into a side that is packed full of superstars, of which plenty are left on the bench or indeed don’t even make the squad – he is so important.

And while no one can take away what messrs Toure, Silva, and Kompany have and continue to achieve at the Etihad Stadium, Crooks is absolutely right to put Fernandinho’s name alongside these City stalwarts.

Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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