Futaa’s popular player profile series continues with a Manchester target Bruno Fernandes - a wanted man in both the red and blue parts of Manchester.
Height: 1.79 m
Club: Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Position: Central midfielder
Estimated transfer value: £35 million.
A staggering 32 goals and 17 assists in 53 games makes Fernandes one of the best offensive players in Europe.
Bruno Fernandes for Sporting in all competitions this season:— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) May 25, 2019
Amazing progress, amazing season. What a player he has become! 💚🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/qFZf39LMRn
Bruno Fernandes started off with Portuguese side Boavista but did not play any first-team games for them. He joined Serie B side Novara in 2012 and making 23 appearances in his first season before Udinese signed him on a co-ownership deal and nurtured his talents for three seasons, where he scored 11 goals in 95 games.
A season at Sampdoria followed before an €8.5million transfer to Sporting before the 2017/18 season.
It was in the past 2018/19 season where the elegance and class of Fernandes shone: 32 goals
& 17 assists in 53 matches.
Playing style & strengths
Fernandes is a central midfielder who has been compared to Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos but he likes to play further up the pitch to create chances for his attackers, loves a through ball and shots from distance.
An area for the 24-year-old to work on is his tackling and overall defensive contribution.
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