Ever since settling well into life on these shores, Fernandinho has been a regular selection in the Manchester City first-team under Manuel Pellegrini, and will hope to continue that trend when Pep Guardiola takes over the reins from this summer. This year, the Brazilian enforcer has been as steady as ever, primarily used alongside Yaya Touré as the deepest-lying member of The Citizens’ midfield but has also done a job in a slightly more advanced role when the situation has required it.
Fernandinho is greatly experienced now at the top level, and at 30 years of age is well versed in the art of sticking his foot in at the most vital of moments. The veteran midfield man is also surprisingly fleet of foot and yet again in this season’s domestic and European competitions, has covered the ground very well to relax the defensive strain placed on his side by Yaya’s inability to track back when City need him to. With the Brazilian now drawing towards the close of his career at the very top level, it may have to be a fairly pressing priority of Guardiola’s to acquire a replacement, but his displays this season have shown that he is certainly a more than useful member of the Citizens’ squad.
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