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“The next Bruno Fernandes?”. Pedro Gonçalves highlighted on the BBC – ZAP

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“Has Sporting found the new Bruno Fernandes?”, Asks the BBC in an article that highlights the role of Pedro Gonçalves in transforming Sporting into a title contender.

Views of Pedro Gonçalves have not gone unnoticed by the international press. The midfielder is the top scorer in Liga NOS and has been the most influential player in Rúben Amorim’s team. The responsibility of the young man who arrived from Famalicão was not available to anyone. The fans were looking for a new Bruno Fernandes and may well have found it.

“Has Sporting found the new Bruno Fernandes?”. The question comes from the BBC, which is convinced by the evidence given by the midfielder.

Still as coach of Sporting CP, Jorge Silas said: “How are we going to replace Bruno Fernandes? FORwe need three players for that. There is no one like him in Portugal ”. A few months later, the successor may have arrived without anyone waiting.

“It seemed like an impossible mission to fill the void that Bruno Fernandes left when he signed for Manchester United in January 2020. Much earlier than expected, Sporting seems to have found gold in the hiring of Pedro Gonçalves, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder who had an unsuccessful stint at Wolverhampton but whose € 6.5 million already looks like a robbery, ”reads the article by BBC journalist Marcus Alves.

The numbers of goals and assists from Pot to surpass Bruno Fernandes. With 14 goals and two assists in 15 games, Pedro Gonçalves surpasses his predecessor, who in 2019/20 had eight goals and seven assists in 16 games.

“Unlike Bruno Fernandes, all of Pedro Gonçalves’s goals were scored in a straight game,” writes the BBC, referring to the fact that some of the goals scored by the now Manchester United midfielder were scored from a penalty.

The BBC talks about the transformation of Sporting from a “underperforming” team to a “title contender” team, thanks to the influence of Pote, “although he does not have as much influence as Bruno Fernandes in the construction of the game”.

Daniel Costa Daniel Costa, ZAP //

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