Former Manchester City captain Andy Morrison has given his backing to Fernandinho to take over from David Silva in the role from next season.
The Spaniard replaced Vincent Kompany as club captain after the Belgian departed the club a year ago but, with Silva leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer, the armband will need to be passed on again.
Morrison, who skippered the Manchester City teams that won consecutive promotions from the third tier to the Premier League at the turn of the century, has championed the Brazilian midfielder to lead the team in the 2020/21 campaign.
He told Manchester Evening News: “It’s not just what you see on the pitch on a matchday, it’s how players carry themselves, that humility. Being humble is a trait. I don’t know the characters of the players to say ‘he’s got outstanding captain’s qualities’ but I’ve always been incredibly fond of Fernandinho.
“He’s not just an outstanding footballer but the way he conducts himself. He’s got such a strong mentality and he’s a proper man. When I look at him, he’s a player everyone at the club would follow, the players would follow him. I’ve often said it’s not about the title of captain that players follow, it’s the courage. Fernandinho’s got that in abundance and for me he would be a standout candidate.”
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There are several valid reasons for Morrison to offer Fernandinho as a prime choice of captain to replace Silva. The midfielder is vastly experienced at 35 and has racked up more than 300 appearances for Manchester City, as well as winning 53 caps for Brazil. After Silva leaves in the next few weeks, he will be the second longest-serving player in the first team squad at the Etihad Stadium behind Sergio Aguero, having now played seven seasons in the Premier League, three of which ended with him as a champion.
The veteran has also displayed selflessness this season in regularly deputising at centre-back, moving out of his defensive midfield comfort zone to compensate for the injury problems suffered by Aymeric Laporte and John Stones. His tackling success rate of 1.9 per game is the third highest in Pep Guardiola’s squad, while he also averages one interception per match. Meanwhile, his average of 3.1 clearances per game is better only by Nicolas Otamendi with 3.3 (as per WhoScored).
Furthermore, the 35-year-old has captained Manchester City on numerous occasions already this season, so he wouldn’t be going into the role completely cold if he is handed that responsibility permanently.
As a former City captain, Morrison is very much qualified to speak about who would be the right man to replace Silva in the role, and his recommendation of Fernandinho is quite easy to justify.
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