New Manchester United signing Bruno Fernandes “has the lot,” according to former Sporting Lisbon team-mate Yannick Bolasie.
Man Utd signed Fernandes in a deal that could eventually rise to £68m, as per the Mail, with the Portugal international signing on a five-and-a-half year deal.
And Bolasie — who we all know from his time in the Premier League with Crystal Palace and Everton — reckons there are similarities between Fernandes and Man City midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, while he has also compared him to former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen.
Bolasie told the Daily Mirror: “Bruno has the lot to be honest. I think he will cope fine with the expectation.
“When he was at Sporting he controlled all the matches. Everything Sporting did went through him.
“He can play with both feet and is not afraid to shoot with his left but his right foot is his main foot. He can see a pass and has a good long-range passing, free-kicks and penalties.
“He is at his best getting open the half turn and making passes in between the lines. He likes giving passes and likes scoring, that is his game. He knows what he can do and is good at and can link up the forward players really well.
“He has his own style because he has been in Italy before but has similarities to De Bruyne, Silva and Eriksen.”
Meanwhile, Fernandes has been backed to make a lasting impression at United by his fellow Portugal international Bernardo Silva.
After months of negotiations, United finally got their man and he made an encouraging debut during last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford.
City playmaker Silva is confident United have signed a true star.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Silva said: ‘I think he is going to adapt [to the Premier League], he has already played in Italy when he was younger, so it’s not his first experience abroad.
‘I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think he’s going to do great at Man Utd.
‘The best thing about Bruno is his mentality and the way he gives himself to the team 100 per cent and he just goes in every game.
‘It doesn’t matter who he’s playing against and his mentality and character is the best thing about him.
‘Changing is always complicated, you have to adapt tp the way your new team plays, your team-mates, the way the manager wants to play, sometimes new systems so maybe it will take him a few months but I think it’s good that he’s here and he’ll be a great asset for Man Utd — but hopefully not against Man City.’