Fernandinho is arguably one of the keys to Manchester City‘s success in winning the 2017-2018 Premier League season. Not only that, he was also able to perform consistently in every match that existed, and successfully answered Josep Guardiola’s beliefs over the past three years.
Throughout the time course, now Manchester City must be prepared to look for a replacement for Fernandinho who is claimed to be marginalized by the age of 33 years. In the last summer transfer window, in fact, Manchester City has tried to bring Jorginho but failed.
The failure also brought injury to the stronghold of Manchester City when Fernandinho was sidelined, and the results were very unsatisfying for Guardiola. In other positions, Manchester City lacked a stock of players, but different stories when Fernandinho’s position was nothing to replace.
The prediction saw that there was no time for Manchester City to hold Fernandinho, and had to be rushed to find a replacement if the player really left.
Here are two players who have the potential to replace Fernandinho next season.
When Manuel Pellegrini served as Manchester City coach, Declan Rice was able to emerge as a potential player capable of showing calm in processing the ball. At a very young age, Rice could learn and develop under the guidance of Fernandinho before becoming the top choice under Guardiola’s care.
Rice is also no stranger to the performance of the Premier League, so she no longer needs to adapt. However, conditions are now different where Rice has become an official Arsenal player and has signed a five-season contract.
In order to realize this dream, surely Manchester City must be prepared to spend deeply to bring home the young Englishman.
Fernandinho’s second successor is Phillipe Sandler. Born to the original Manchester City academy, the 21-year-old was signed by Dutch club PEC Zwolle for 2.5 million pounds. But Manchester City have not had time to feel the quality because they must be constrained by injuries.
He began his career as a central defender, then Guardiola tried the player to play in the midfield position when Manchester City faced Rotherham last month.
If Sandler could take knowledge from Fernandinho at the training ground and develop more than before, it would be possible that Sandler would be able to attract Guardiola’s attention.