At this point in the season, everyone is chasing one player in hopes of being named Manchester City Player of the Year: Fernandinho. The 31-year old is in the form of his life no matter what colors he sports.
While the in-house award doesn’t take into account performances while on international duty, the Brazilian has only maintained his red-hot form in CONMEBOL qualifiers. After his awe-inspiring Champions League performance against Barcelona, Fernandinho went to Brazil and then proceeded to man-mark the best player on the planet, Argentina's Lionel Messi, and shut him down for a full 90 minutes.
With Ilkay Gundogan’s arrival this summer, as well as Pep’s impending tactical shuffling, Fernandinho had no way of knowing what to expect this season. For those who have followed City since his arrival, you know Fernandinho’s form could best be described as “sporadic.”
Things have changed for Fernandinho this season, though. Whether it was because he felt the heat from a changing landscape in the Eastlands or because Pep simply inspires players to achieve greatness, City fans across the world are salivating at having such a work-ethic in the engine room this season, and hopefully he can continue to prove why Guardiola wants three Fernandinho's on his team.