Everyone was surprised when Fernandinho became Manchester City’s second big signing of the summer for around £30m from the Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. 

The Brazilian midfielder has indubitably had a dream season at Shakhtar and played an important role in the team both in the domestic league and the Champions League. 

Being a defensive-midfielder, one would expect a player to steal the limelight like he has done. From Manchester City’s point of view, this could be just another signing as they are used to spending big in the transfer window. 

But tactically what does it change for Manchester City?

And what if Fernandinho takes a long time to adapt to the Premier League? 

Tactics Watch:

On the back of a disastrous season for Manchester City, in terms of their expectations, they finally seem to have come to some sense as they have decided to go for an established defensive-midfielder. 

This was something that the team needed rather than wanted. 

After the departure of Nigel de Jong last season, the midfield conspicuously looked dismal and the midfielders movements were horribly wayward. 

They needed backbone in the centre of midfield in order to defend and attack. After the transfer blunders of Roberto Mancini, who decided to replace De Jong with Javi Garcia - a talented but inexperienced player - this transfer makes a lot of sense as he is definitely talented and has played in the highest level, especially on the European stage as well.

Something that is even more exigent to note is that he knows how to play under pressure which will definitely come handy for him in the competitive Premier League. 

Without changing the formation a lot, he can be deployed as a central defensive-midfielder, filling that De Jong role, and he may even steal the show with his scintillating movement, passing and long shots.

He can set an example to youngsters like Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell.

Transfer strategy:

Looking at the staggering transfer fee, this issue could seem more pressing than the tactics. But, from City’s point of view, this is what they needed. It's possible that they could have decided to go all-in for Fernandinho. 

From the neutral point of view, this transfer fee is high for a defensive-midfielder who is 28-years-old. 

A fee somewhere around £20m could have been more reasonable looking at his age and playing position. 

But again, it depends on how desperate were City to sign him and also how many other teams wanted to sign him.

Whatever said, he is a top class player and now it’s up to him to step up and show his critics that City were not wrong in signing him for that amount.

Will the experience count? Will the pressure be too much to handle? One will have to wait and watch.

 

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