Fernandinho is what City need, says Redknapp

A day after Fernandinho's move to Manchester City, former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp has tipped the Brazilian to take the Premier League by storm.

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With title contenders Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all set to be helmed by new managers next season, there is already plenty of excitEment for the new campaign.

Former City boss Roberto Mancini bemoaned the team's failures in the transfer market last year and the club have learnt from their mistakes by swooping for two big signings, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, early in the new window, although they have yet to appoint a new head coach. 

Nevertheless, Redknapp pointed out in his column for the Daily Mail that City had already armed themselves with a secret weapon.

"Fernandinho is a sensational capture for Manchester City. He could be the best midfielder in the Barclays Premier League next season," Redknapp wrote.

"They needed more power in midfield, having been over-reliant on Yaya Toure. Both Gareth Barry and Javier Garcia are too one-paced."

"There is nothing worse as a midfield player than a rival who runs at you. It takes you out of your comfort zone. This Brazilian can do the lot. He can play one-twos at real pace, drive at opponents, tackle, intercept, win the ball and set up a breakaway. He is what City have been missing."

The former central midfielder was also of the opinion that the club would soon nab a target man to finish off Navas' crosses.

"They also needed more width and they have moved quickly to sign Jesus Navas, who is a flying machine. He's a terrific crosser of the ball but, while he will resolve City's problem with being too narrow, who will get on the end of his crosses?" Redknapp noted.

"Maybe there is still more to come from them in the transfer market, especially if Edin Dzeko departs."

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