was a successful debut. Enzo Fernandez came out as ‘one ballanchi’ and stabilized Chelsea’s midfield, proving the reason for 121 million euros (approximately 163.4 billion won).

Chelsea drew 0-0 with Fulham in the 22nd round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at Stamford Bridge in London, England on the 4th at 5:00 am (Korean time). Chelsea added 1 point and surpassed Liverpool to 9th place in the league (30 points, 8 wins, 6 draws, 7 losses).

Fernandez became a Chelsea player. Chelsea announced on its official website on the 2nd that “Fernandez, who led the World Cup victory, has completed his transfer to Chelsea. His contract period runs until the summer of 2031.” The final official was on February 2, but he was already a Chelsea player before the deadline, with Fernandez’s video and career published on Chelsea’s official website. 스포츠토토

He also made his starting debut right away. Fernandez formed the midfield alongside Connor Gallagher and Mason Mount in the league match against Fulham. Considering that Mikhailo Mudrić, who was transferred for a similarly large sum, was a substitute in his first game, it was easy to guess the expectations Chelsea are placing on Fernandes.

It was a performance that lived up to expectations. Fernandes, who inherited the number 5 jersey left by Jorginho, brought stability to the Chelsea midfield and proved why he was wearing an astronomical buyout amount of 121 million euros (approximately 163.4 billion won).

The quality of defense was different. Fernandez stood in front of the four-back and cleverly blocked the opponent’s attack, becoming a strong support. He perfectly performed the role of a solid defensive midfielder that Chelsea wanted so much, including 7 successful contests, 6 tackles, 3 clearings and 2 interceptions.

It also became the center of the build-up. Fernandez coordinated the game by recording the most touches (99), excluding the two center backs. Although the key pass was only once, he succeeded in long passes 6 times out of 7, demonstrating his sophisticated and powerful kicking power. In addition, he constantly moved to find a space where he could receive a pass and helped the players organically pass.

With the addition of Fernandes, Chelsea’s attack on the left has also been strengthened. On this day, Fernandez played as a one-volunteer, but often stayed on the left when switching defenses to support Mark Cucurella’s offensive movements. This not only allowed Cucurella to freely overlap, but also relieved the defensive burden on the left striker and provided a basis for Chelsea to advance further.

It’s still one game, but Fernandes showed a performance that proves that his ransom is worth Chelsea. If he maintains his current form, Fernandes will be able to turn his concerns about himself into praise, as well as help Chelsea turn their backs in the second half.

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