Former Chelsea, Tottenham and Bolton striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has launched a damning assessment on Bruno Fernandes, saying his persistence of trying to find Cristiano Ronaldo in games is having a negative effect on his career progression.
But while Ronaldo has taken the limelight, and for the most part the goals, Gudjohnsen believes his international teammate has had a frustrating season due to his in-match mentality.
Talking to Icelandic broadcaster MBL (via the Daily Express), he said: “It’s as if Fernandes was always looking for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Nine out of 10 times, he tries to find Ronaldo and if this doesn’t work, he gets impatient and begins to try very difficult things.
“Bearing in mind the way he began at United, we want to see much more of him.”
After arriving in January 2020, Fernandes netted 12 times in 23 games in the 2019/20 season, assisting eight more in the process.
He continued to impress and finished last season with a tally of 28 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, including 18 league strikes.
So far the 27-year-old has scored five goals in 22 matches but has delivered a total of nine assists, six of which have come in the Champions League.
In fact, he produced at least one assist in every of the five group stage fixtures he featured in, with a couple of these setting up two of Ronaldo’s 13 goals this term.
Fernandes notched an opening day hat-trick in the 5-1 Premier League dismantling of Leeds but has scored just once in his last 12 matches in the competition.
Indeed, this run began after he netted in September’s 4-1 win against Newcastle – Ronaldo’s first game back in a United shirt.
That said, he has provided three league assists since with one of these teeing up Ronaldo for his strike in the 3-0 win over Tottenham in October.
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