Speaking to 888sport.com via the Daily Mail, Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has heralded new signing Bruno Fernandes whilst drawing comparisons with fellow club icon Paul Scholes – going on to say that he could be an ‘influential‘ signing for the Red Devils.
Stam, who started 79 league games for United from the late 1990s to early 2000s, signing from PSV Eindhoven in £10.75 million deal, won three league titles under Sir Alex Ferguson before departing for Lazio (SoccerBase). The Dutchman also occasionally formed a solid partnership with Ronny Johnsen, made evident by their contribution to the Red Devils’ Champions League triumph in 1999. Now, speaking as a pundit, Stam has had his say in regards to their new £47 million signing Bruno Fernandes, with the 47-year-old singing his praises whilst drawing comparisons with fellow legend Paul Scholes.
The Portuguese playmaker, who has already racked up a 92% pass accuracy from inside his own half this season (SofaScore), appears to be making waves at United despite having just played two games. According to WhoScored.com prior to last night’s game, whilst already registering an assist, Fernandes has also managed 3.5 shots per game, 1.5 key passes and 0.5 completed dribbles so far in the Premier League. As a result of his creative dynamism, Stam has put him in the same bracket as Scholes, citing his ‘football intelligence’.
“I think Fernandes is a bit similar to Scholesy,” explained the pundit.
“He’s always looking to play forward. He’s got the ability to score. He’s got a great free-kick. He’s got a great pass. He is always looking to get into certain areas to get onto the ball and be influential in the game.
“He’s not exactly the same. Scholesy was a bit more aggressive without the ball. But in football intelligence he is similar to Paul Scholes.”
It’s very unlikely that Fernandes will accumulate 107 goals in 404 starts for United akin to Scholes, but one thing is certain, the 25-year-old is still highly rated by those closest to the club.
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