Fernandes Overtakes De Bruyne As Best Player In Premier League

Bruno Fernandes has overtaken Kevin De Bruyne to become the best player in the Premier League.

The £47million Manchester United January signing made immediate impact at Old Trafford and helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side achieve a third-place finish.

This term, he’s been even better and already has ten goals and seven assists in just 15 games, with United sitting second in the table at the end of 2020.

De Bruyne won the Premier League player of the season prize for 2019/2020 after grabbing 20 assists but former England striker Ashton believes he is no longer the top dog.

The Man United midfielder has more goals and assists than his Man City rival.

Fernandes has played more games than the Belgium midfielder but has a goal involvement every 75 minutes compared to 100 minutes for De Bruyne.

Ashton noted the difference in De Bruyne when Aguero has been out of the team and the stats suggest there is some weight to that argument.

The Man City player has created many more chances, and chances from open play, than Fernandes but his teammates haven’t been able to convert those chances.

Since the Portugal midfielder made his debut on February 1, Aguero has made just ten Premier League appearances.

The stats are there to back up Ashton’s view that Fernandes has surpassed De Bruyne since he joined United in January.

The two players' stats since Fernandes made his Premier League debut for Man United:

Bruno Fernandes

  • Games: 29
  • Minutes: 2407
  • Goals: 18
  • Assists: 14
  • Goals and assists: 32
  • Mins per goal involvement: 75
  • Total shots: 90
  • Chances created: 77

Kevin De Bruyne

  • Games: 25
  • Minutes: 2005
  • Goals: 8
  • Assists: 12
  • Goals and assists: 20
  • Mins per goal involvement: 100
  • Total shots: 76
  • Chances created: 93
  • Chances created from open play: 72

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