A few months back, most Manchester City fans would tell anyone willing to listen that Fernandinho was horribly underrated, or under appreciated to anyone who isn’t a Blue.
Many a Blue would say that Fernandinho was responsible for the tracking back, and defending of two men – giving Yaya the freedom to score and create goals ahead of him.
Fernandinho has been a major part of our midfield over the last three seasons, since arriving for £34m from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013.
Blessed with a big engine, it’s no surprise to see Fernandinho running box to box, flying into tackles, a pass master short and long.
Unfortunately, the Brazilian was never singled out for praise – which isn’t surprising considering the array of attacking talents at the club. However, sometimes you wonder what exactly someone has to do to get the credit they deserve?
Finally, it seems the penny has dropped, or at least it has begun to do so. Fernandinho is finally getting praise from pundits that City fans think he’s deserved since he stepped foot in the club.
Match of the Day analyst, Danny Murphy, labeled him one of the best midfielders in the league, over the last couple of seasons.
Pep Guardiola instantly singled him out for praise. Within the first few weeks of being at the club, he said that ‘Dinho’ was “so intelligent that he could play any position.”
Most recently Pep was quoted to saying “if he had three Fernandinho’s City would win the title.”