What Rodri's arrival at Manchester City means for Fernandinho

What Rodri's arrival at Manchester City means for Fernandinho

Fernandinho has been the prominent figure in the defense for Manchester City but this summer it seems the club has had other plans with the arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid. 

Rodri was signed to Manchester City for a fee in the range of £60million because he brings technicality, physicality and a whole different flair - his youth is massive positive on his side. 

In an article by Manchester Evening News, the 23-year-old could likely be placed ahead of Fernandinho which could result in fewer minutes on the field for him.

The publication is of the belief that manager Pep Guardiola may however not discard him entirely but could use him as a centre-back instead. 

The Brazilian is aggressive, forceful, mobile and strong when dueling, and those are all highly relative to performing as a centre-back for Guardiola.

According to the report, 51 central midfielders tallied approximately 1500 minutes in the Premier League during the 2018/19 season and 18 of them went slightly above Fernandinho. 

City held the most possession in the league with their 67.3 percent reducing second-placed Chelsea to 62.1 percent.

The 2018/19 season champions also reportedly blocked the most shots in their box during the course of the season with just 215 faced, again far from second-placed Liverpool with 281. With regards to Passes Per Defensive Action (PPDA) which is what measures how frequently a team press, City finished at the top.

However, Manchester Evening News further reported that despite his more notable strengths, Fernandinho may struggle to play as a centre-back due to his height because he stands at about 1,76m tall. 

The Brazilian international won 46 percent of his aerial duels in the Premier League, which is considerably less than John Stones with 69 percent, Vincent Kompany with 62, Aymeric Laporte with 57, and Nicolas Otamendi with 62.

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Source: Manchester Evening News