When Manchester City splashed out a stunning £34million on midfielder Fernandinho in the summer it certainly raised a few eye-brows, mostly due to the fact he’s already 28 years of age.
But the early signs suggest that the former Shaktar Donetsk star will go on to prove himself worth every penny – especially if the Citizens walk away with the Premier League title this term.
The Brazilian is an unusual kind of player; some have referred to him as a natural street footballer, a description you wouldn’t tend to associate with defensive midfielders. But that unique mix of natural athleticism, defensive work-rate and South American flair has moulded Fernandinho into the perfect partner for Yaya Toure.
He’s also racked up four goals and three assists in 24 Premier League starts, furthermore averaging 3 tackles, 2.3 interceptions and 1.3 key passes per match with a pass competition rate of 88% – not bad for his inaugural Premiership campaign.