Everton winger Bernard has arrived in English football.
The Brazilian was finally handed a first Premier League start by Marco Silva against Leicester City at the King Power.
The free summer signing made the most of his opportunity, and produced a man-of-the-match display against the Foxes.
The diminutive attacker was a threat all afternoon with his pace and dribbling.
It was the performance he had been threatening with his multiple cameos over the past couple of months.
He has surely done enough to warrant another start against Crystal Palace on October 21 following the international break.
Bernard is the club’s new Steven Pienaar
He hasn’t played a massive amount of football so far, but Bernard appears to be cut from a very similar cloth to that of former fan favourite Steven Pienaar.
The South African joined the Toffees on loan in 2008 from Borussia Dortmund, before making his move permanent.
He stayed until 2011, with Tottenham Hotspur snapping him up ahead of the 2011/12 season.
It was an unsuccessful spell, with Pienaar returning to Goodison Park on loan mid-season, before signing up permanently again at the end of the campaign.
Pienaar in his prime was a fantastic player for the Toffees.
The playmaker was refreshingly creative, and could operate on either wing or in behind the main striker.
Brazilian Bernard seems to be very similar to Pienaar. Physically they are definitely alike, with Bernard standing at 5ft 5ins and Pienaar slightly taller at 5ft 7ins.
Bernard glides with the ball at his feet, just as Pienaar used to, and has the ability to pick the locks of opposition defences.
Bernard can eclipse the South African
It’s obviously early days but Bernard has the potential to become better, and more influential at Goodison Park than Pienaar ever was.
Bernard has that flair about him. He has the ability to get fans off their seats.
Pienaar was a fan favourite and a great servant, and there’s no reason why Bernard can’t fulfill that same role at least.