Fernandinho Luiz Roza was Manchester City's first summer signing, the club paid £30 million to acquire his services.
The Brazilian midfielder played with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donestk for eight years, during which he was an instrumental player for the club's successes and scored 54 goals from 285 appearances.
Fernandinho was key to Shakhtar overcoming Chelsea, scoring the second goal in their 2-1 Champions League group stage win at Shakhtar. He has a great long-range shot, and a tremendous passing range. He is a box-to-box midfielder and can be trusted with marshalling opposing attacking minded players. His performances impressed greatly and he was snapped up by the Citizens in the summer.
Fernandinho did not start the season convincingly, contrary to expectations. With beast-like Yaya Toure and hard-working Fernandinho, Man City were tipped to have the best midfield duo in the Premier League, but the Brazilian was disappointing. His performances were average, and he attracted criticism because of his large transfer fee.
However, Fernandinho looked determined to prove a point when Manchester City took on league leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. He did not disappoint, scoring two goals in a man of the match performance. He broke up the play beautifully and contributed brilliantly in both attack and defence. He inspired his team to a dominant 6-3 win, proving Manchester City's title credentials.
Fernandinho hopes he can kick on from this performance and stake his claim in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil side, having made only five appearances in total for the Selecao. This will be a tough ask, as he is jostling for position with Spurs player Paulinho, and Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
This will require top-level performances throughout the season and Fernandinho will be looking to silence his critics permanently.
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