Manchester United’s U-turn in form since the 2019-20’s winter transfer window has been an aftereffect of Bruno Fernandes’ transfer to The Red Devils. He has made a tremendous effect on United’s game. His influence has been in the spotlight since he came to the Premier League. In 2019-20 he helped Manchester United finish third in that season.
He scored 8 goals and gave 7 assists in just 14 games. He gave an immediate impact and did not have trouble adjusting to the Premier League’s physical and rough football. In the succeeding season, he scored 18 goals and gave 12 assists in 37 games.
Such influential stats from a midfielder is not a common sight in the world of football. He has been compared to the likes of Steven Gerard and Frank Lampard who performed similarly throughout their career.
On the other hand, our vantage point is the FPL. We are here to answer your question that ‘is Bruno Fernandes a point snatcher in FPL?’ Should he be in your squad despite a whopping price tag?
- Team – Manchester United
- Position – Midfielder
- Price – £12.0
FPL provides a user with a budget of £100 to build a team of 15 players which includes all the positions. So the people have to organise and use the money judiciously. The motive is to get the highest points possible from your lineup. So choosing the right player in every position is important.
Spending 12% of one’s total budget on a single player is a decision that must be taken carefully and needs to be right.
Points in 2020-21 season
- Goals – 18 x 5 = 90 points
- Assists – 12 x 3 = 36 points
- Minutes Played – 109 points
- Clean sheets – 9 x 1 = 9 points
The total points scored by him amount to 244 for the whole season. The return last season was astonishing from him. Everyone expected less of him but he outperformed himself in the united shirt and showed the world that he is not just a one-season wonder.
He was the player with the HIGHEST POINTS scored last season so we believe that we can still count on him this season for our FPL team. He has been an outperformer week in, week out and he has the capacity to replicate those results in this season as well.
But is it wise to pick him in the squad this season, let’s take a look?
Bruno Fernandes played a total of 37 league games last season out of a possible 38. He was on the pitch for 3105 minutes in the premier league for ‘The Red Devils’. These numbers show United’s reliance on Bruno and how they used him for the whole of last season having missed just one game in the league. Bruno’s little rest came when United was playing domestic competitions where he appeared a total of 6 times. Bruno was at the heart of United’s European journey last season having played 15 times. Overall, Bruno played 58 games for the club last season. A summer’s rest would have been enough for the ‘Portuguese Magnifico’ but that wasn’t the case as he was representing his country in the postponed Euros this summer. He appeared in all 4 games for Portugal and thus when he reports back for the season, his body is naturally going to be fatigued.
Adding to that, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane haven’t started playing with the squad with the latter not even in the country. Marcus Rashford will undergo surgery and be on the sideline for a couple of months. Thus, Man Utd will most likely start with Dan James and Greenwood on the wings.
Overall, United is expected to start the season with all their second choice attackers on the pitch and Lindelof as the centre back instead of Varane. This is a major downgrade and thus Bruno’s influence could minimise considering the players around him for the start of the season.
But his goal contributions cannot be overlooked and the fact that he is their number 1 set-piece taker and on penalty duty, he is a must have for FPL.
Would you wait for the first few gameweeks and get him in later or are you backing the ‘Portuguese Magnifico’ to reach the same level he set last season?