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It’s weird to think that one signing can turn around the fortunes of a football club, but we have seen that happen quite a number of times in football.
West Ham signing a certain Carlos Tevez, saw the Argentine singlehandedly save them from relegation back in the 2006-07 season.
More recently, we have seen how one signing has turned around the fortune of Manchester United. Not long ago, there were rumours of a likely sack for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but now United are top of the league, and it has to do with one man – Bruno Fernandes.
Last season, United were struggling badly, but the signing of the Portuguese in January saw Manchester United rise from an obscure position to first place in the league.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp made a recent statement that Bruno Fernandes has helped save Solskjaer’s job.
When asked what the difference has been for United this season, the pundit said, “Bruno Fernandes.
“I think that’s the simple answer, I won’t baffle you with science.
“I think since he’s come to the club he’s single handedly changed the mentality of it. The goals he’s scored, the assists he’s made.
“I think when he plays well, when he scores United play well. It’s as simple as that. He’s changed players around him.”
He added: “Before he came you feared for Ole. I mean you feared for him earlier on in the season when he lost 1-0 at Arsenal. I did the game and I thought he’s running out of time here but he’s turned it around.
“He’s had some bad results in the cup but their league form has been tremendous. So you have to credit him for that, but one man has changed that.
“When you talk about the 22 points, that’s been Bruno Fernandes.”
This brings me to the question: do Chelsea have a player who can turn things around for the club?
Indeed, Chelsea also need a robust player in the middle of the park, who wouldn’t only bring solidity and leadership to the midfield, but also help with some important goals and assists, and provide a vital link between midfield and attack.