Stuart Pearce has heaped praise on recent Manchester United signing Bruno Fernandes, suggesting that the attacking midfielder has brought real leadership to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Scoring two goals and assisting another three in just five Premier League appearances, Fernandes has made a massive impact at Old Trafford following his big-money move from Sporting Lisbon in January. But what has really impressed Pearce is how the 25-year-old is conducting the players around him as he looks to get on the ball and make things happen.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Manchester City manager said: “He’s got forms of leadership about him, you can see that. He was cajoling other players around him, even in his first game at the club.
“Sometimes you think, ‘I’ll ease my way in’, but he had the mentality of, ‘look, I’m out here now and it’s down to me to influence others around me’, which is fantastic. I think United have needed that.”
Indeed, a leader is exactly what Fernandes has been since his arrival at Old Trafford. The Portugal international has taken real responsibility in the team, doing his best to try and drag Manchester United into the top four.
According to WhoScored, he is currently taking 3.8 shots per league game, which is the highest average in the Red Devils’ squad. He is also making 2.2. key passes per league game, an average only Paul Pogba can beat with 2.3.
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The above shows that Fernandes has quickly become one of the team’s biggest goal threats and the chief creator in the absence of Pogba. It is a lot of responsibility, but Fernandes is shouldering it like a true leader.
So while hey may not be the club’s official captain, you would have to say that he is still showing leadership on the pitch with his performances.
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