Monday, 26 June 2017

Would Brazilian take AFCB's midfield to another level?

It came as a bit of a shock that ACB were looking to spoil Newcastle United's target of Man City midfielder Fernando. The Brazilian has been sidelined by Pep Guardiola to making just five Premier League starts in 2016/17 and he was thought to be on his way to Newcastle United for £5 million, according to the Sun.
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Yet, a late intervention by AFCB and Southampton could see the Brazilian playing on the south coast come August, according to the Manchester Evening News. Would such a signing take the Cherries' midfield to another level? You'd have to think so as signing a starting player off of a top six club is not what AFCB have managed to do in the past, except for loan moves like Jack Wilshere. The importance of having that top-class central midfielder in the squad is something that Howe clearly sees as a huge benefit for the team and while Wilshere was not in the price bracket that AFCB would go for, a bargain £5 million price-tag on a player like Fernando was clearly something that has excited AFCB.


What would this mean for AFCB's midfield? Lewis Cook could suddenly find himself still being the apprentice while Surman and Arter's partnership would more than likely be broken up. It would not sit easily with Dan Gosling either who may become interested in a move away if a deal is done with Fernando.

Fernando next to Eddie Howe at Dean Court.

AFCB can't ignore signings that would potentially give The Cherries a more dynamic edge to their play though when the side is looking to still make progress up the league. Those who sit still will be overtaken and while it seems incredulous for AFCB to have a Brazilian on their books it will be very interesting to see how this one plays out in the coming days. The edge that AFCB may have over Newcastle and Southampton is that AFCB have shown they are making progress in the Premier League. 

Fernando, 29, comes with a lot of experience with some 64 Premier League games on his record as well as over 140 matches for Porto. With such a signing AFCB would be raising the bar at Dean Court and it would be a change of strategy from the usual U20 something English signings that Howe was becoming recognised for.

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