Rewind back to two months ago, coming off the back of an underachieving season, Manchester City were crying out for more midfield muscle.
Not just that, home-grown numbers, youth and fresh talent to rejuvenate the average oldest squad in the Premier League.
Midway through the summer transfer window, the Sky Blues got their wish in Fabian Delph. A young, English and promising midfield engine.
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It seemed, then, that you would put money on the centre-midfielder playing regularly for the blues throughout their next campaign.
This is partly due to the under par performances of Fernando and Fernandinho the season prior, however, the latter Brazilian has had an upturn in form since the first game and looks back to his brilliant best.
His well taken thunderbolt on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area to make it 3-0 at the weekend pretty much highlights this.
As well as his tireless running and defensive work to cover the centre of midfield of course have cemented his place in the starting line-up ahead of Fernando and an injured Delph.
Statistics wise, Fabian Delph enjoyed a more fruitful season last year, with the Englishman boasting a better successful pass rate, a higher tackling percentage and more chances created overall.
However, it's unlikely Manuel Pellegrini will take any notice of this, but will be swayed by Fernandinho's energetic contribution to the blues so far this season.
To sum up, Fernandinho has been City's unsung hero so far this season, and for Fabian Delph to get into this blues team, he'll face a real battle with the Brazilian stalwart.