A Brazilian midfielder from Shakhtar linked to Manchester City? Where have I heard this before? Of course, I am referring to Fernandinho who once played for Shakhtar Donetsk before making his move to the Sky Blues, and what a signing it was for us!
But we are not here to talk about Fernandinho’s amazing form, you clicked on this because you wanted to know about Fred and why he could be a future replacement or back-up to our current holding midfield options.
Considering City’s current options in this role, both Fernandinho (32) and Yaya Toure (34) are coming to the end of their tenures in Manchester with the pair currently having six and 18 months left on their contracts respectively. It would be sensible to look out for suitable successors to their role and Fred would certainly be one.
Shakhtar currently sit at the top of the Ukraine Premier League and qualified for the Round of 16 in the Champions League after beating City 2-1, and Fred has been instrumental in their impressive form this season sitting in the heart of their midfield.
In the Champions League this season Fred has averaged 55 passes per game, showing his willingness to move the ball around and his ability to do so as well. Though this is a fair amount lower than Fernandinho who makes 83 passes per game, it’s notable that Fred’s passes per game would definitely increase if he was to join up with Guardiola in January with the style of play involved.
Fred also shows a great ability to move up the pitch as well, making 1.2 key passes per game and creating 1.3 chances per game which dwarfs Fernandinho’s measly 0.2 in both reflective of his playmaking instincts. These talents could come in handy if the opposition was to sit back with ten men behind the ball like we have been up against so frequently this season.
In my opinion, it looks as though under guidance from Guardiola and fellow Brazilian Fernandinho he could easily surpass the latter in his ability and become a fantastic pivot in Guardiola’s system. Taking into account the statistics he’s already producing and his ripe age of just 24 his future looks to be very bright and he would be a great player to succeed as the heir to Fernandinho’s throne of the ‘Guardiola pivot’.