Bruno Fernandes has silenced more than one. Manchester United’s bet a year ago to bring the Portuguese midfielder to Old Trafford raised certain doubts. Paying 55 million euros for a footballer from Sporting de Portugal, a club unable to compete with Porto and Benfica for winning the league in recent seasons, drew attention. In the end, Fernandes turned out to be a bargain.
In a competition as demanding as the Premier League, he is proving to have an extraordinary ability to shake up matches at will every day. Of course, one fact draws attention: the Portuguese is the third footballer in the competition with the worst rate of successful dribbles (-37.5%). Only Theo Walcott (-34.1%) and Ayoze Pérez (-37.1%) get worse in this section (Among 119 players with more than 20 attempts).
Being a slippery player, with courage when facing rivals and trying to overcome them for technical quality, Bruno Fernandes has encountered defenders who had learned their lesson well and tied him up short. The centrals tended to retreat to cover gaps that encouraged the Portuguese to try the individual play and steal his toast, hence the data that he publishes Who Scored.
Fernandes now gives the ball more to search the wall with his teammates in the direction of goal. He is showing that verticality can also be achieved with fine combinations and not only with the dribbling. This is how it was seen in United’s last win against Southampton (9-0) this Tuesday, in which the midfielder scored a goal and gave two assists.
When the English team signed the maiato for 55 million euros, its market value (Transfermarkt) was 48. Today it is 90 and its impact on the team is simply spectacular. Accumulate 12 goals in 22 Premier League games, with 10 assists. He also registers some outstanding numbers in the Champions League: 4 goals and 1 goal pass in 6 commitments of the highest continental competition. Bruno Fernandes reinvents himself and teaches the market a lesson. And this has only just begun.
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