Kyle Walker claims £30m Manchester City player needs more credit
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker has suggested teammate Fernandinho is underrated and that he deserves more credit for his impact at the Etihad Stadium.
Fernandinho, 36, got to lift the Premier League title at the weekend on the final day of the season. City finished 12 points clear of second-placed rivals Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola’s side do still have a Champions League final with Chelsea to finish the overall campaign.
Fernandinho, who joined for £30million (BBC) back in 2013, is a senior figure now in the City squad that continues to be a real driving force.
Despite not being a nailed-on starter at his age, the Brazilian defensive midfielder has still played 35 games across all competitions so far this season.
Man City defender Walker is convinced that his teammate is a little underappreciated.
“Fernandinho, he probably doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves, but he’s been a tremendous captain, both on and off the field,” Walker told the Telegraph.
“When he’s not been playing, he’s been so vocal in the dressing room. When things aren’t going right, on and off the field, he’s been the one to say ‘we need a meeting, we need to talk about this. We need to make sure this is right’. Just so everything runs smoothly and so we, the lads, can concentrate solely on football.”
Fernandinho is underrated by neutrals
Fernandinho’s name rarely comes up when talking about the best defensive midfielders over the last few years across Europe, which just shows how underrated he actually is.
He’s a master of the dark arts with some of the clever fouls and aggressive defending he does in front of the back four. However, don’t let that fool you from the fact he’s got quality and composure in possession too.
The all-action midfielder now has four Premier League titles on his CV, and it’ll be intriguing to see if manager Guardiola starts him this weekend against Chelsea.
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