Former Manchester City defender and now pundit, Micah Richards, has risked the wrath of his former supporters by saying he’d take Bruno Fernandes over Ilkay Gundogan.
Gundogan has been in superb form for City this term, hitting new goalscoring heights and propelling Pep Guardiola’s men towards the Premier League title.
Fernandes, meanwhile, has continued to play well and has 16 Premier League goals and 11 assists for a Manchester United side who simply can’t keep pace with City at the top.
But speaking on the Super Six podcast this week, Richards said he’d still take Fernandes over Gundogan, if he had to pick just the one.
“This season, Gundogan has been a different level. But if you’re asking me who would I want in my team, I’d pick Fernandes.”
“But Gundogan has from nowhere this season,” Richards remarked, before finally settling on the United midfielder as his final answer.
Richards has been revelation as a pundit this season and obviously answered these with his usual humour and good will. But given he picked Fernandes, and then went on to pick Van Dijk over Dias and Grealish over Foden, suggests that City could yet still improve.
TBR View: Gundogan world class but Fernandes on another level?
That is the question you have to ask yourself really if you’re putting yourself in Richards’ shoes.
Gundogan, for all his brilliance, might simply be having a wonder season. Fernandes, on the other hand, has been simply incredible ever sinc he move to Manchester United. His numbers are outstanding, and he seems to win games on his own from nowhere.
Richards is probably just about right here, although it is a remarkably tight call.