Bruno Fernandes continues to excel as the beating heart of the Manchester United side, the midfielder having instantly established himself as the club’s key figure since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon earlier this year.
The Portugal international has already scored six goals and provided a further three assists in just eight league appearances for the Red Devils so far this season, continuing his excellent record since moving to English football.
Fernandes is set to play a central role in the club’s hopes of success and has proved himself as one of the most productive players in the Premier League, but how does he rank amongst the division’s best?
Mohamed Salah – 22 goal involvements (29 games)
Mohamed Salah has racked up goal involvements at an unprecedented rate since returning to the Premier League a little over three years ago, with no player in the division having been directly involved in more league goals since his debut for Liverpool.
Salah has often been a model of consistency for the Reds and has started the new season in excellent form, scoring eight times in just eight appearances in the Premier League, whilst providing a further three goal involvements in four Champions League appearances.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2020
Those hauls have seen the Egyptian international take his tally to 22 goal involvements in 29 games since Fernandes’ arrival into the Premier League, the fifth-highest figure in the division and one expected to significantly rise given his recent performances.
Kevin De Bruyne – 23 goal involvements (29 games)
Kevin De Bruyne was named as the Premier League’s finest footballer last season following a season of unrivalled creativity, the Manchester City midfielder equalling the all-time record for most assists in a season with 20.
The Belgian finished the season in brilliant form and remains the key figure in Pep Guardiola’s side, having registered eight goal involvements in just nine starts in all competitions during the current campaign.
De Bruyne has registered four assists in just two Champions League fixtures – the joint-most in the competition alongside Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado – and has created a further three goals in the Premier League so far this season.
Son Heung-Min – 25 goal involvements (26 games)
Tottenham’s strong start to the season has been fired in part by the prolific form of Son Heung-Min, who has scored nine times in just nine league appearances this season to sit second in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
The South Korean is now just two goals short of matching his league tally from last season and his haul has been added to by a further two Premier League assists, whilst he has contributed two goal involvements in just three substitute appearances in the Europa League this season.
Son Heung-min has now scored as many goals as Arsenal in the Premier League this season 🇰🇷 pic.twitter.com/8DVVdkMvwK
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 21, 2020
Son’s stellar form means that he has averaged almost a goal involvement per game since Fernandes’ arrival into the Premier League in January, registering 25 in just 26 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Harry Kane – 31 goal involvements (24 games)
It wasn’t so long ago that many were questioning whether Harry Kane could thrive in a Jose Mourinho managed outfit, a notion which has been made to look foolish in spectacular style.
Kane quietly finished last season strongly after returning from a serious hamstring injury and scored five goals in the final three games of the Premier League season, before exploding during the opening months of the campaign.
The England captain has provided a staggering 24 goals involvements in just 15 games this season, scoring 13 times and providing a further 11 assists in all competitions.
In just 15 games, Harry Kane has been directly involved in 24 goals this season pic.twitter.com/XOtUWXgH8W
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 22, 2020
Nine of those assists have come in the Premier League with no player having created more goals, the 27-year-old the all-round centre-forward package and the early favourite for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Bruno Fernandes – 34 goal involvements (35 games)
Bruno Fernandes leads the Premier League for goal involvements in all competitions since his debut, registering a huge 34 goal involvements in just 35 games since signing for Manchester United.
The Portugal international proved the catalyst behind a surge into the top four last season to secure Champions League qualification and has often been at the centre of the Red Devils’ best displays, with no midfielder in the club’s history having ever reached 20 goals in quicker fashion.
Bruno Fernandes in the league and European competition since the start of the 2017-18 season:
⬡ 139 games
⬢ 71 goals
⬢ 48 assists
Directly involved in a goal every 101 minutes… from midfield. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/fdCLahFtas
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 24, 2020
His remarkable rate of productivity is astounding for a midfield player and the 26-year-old’s figures stack up against even the world’s best, Fernandes averaging a goal contribution every 63 minutes during the current campaign.
Fernandes has relished the responsibility of being the Red Devils’ main man and holds the key to their hopes of challenging for major silverware this season.