Manchester City have completed the long rumoured signing of midfielder Rodri Hernandez from Atletico Madrid. The Spanish midfielder had only moved to Atletico last season after breaking through with Villareal. However, Manchester City have pounced on his €70 million release clause to make him the heir to Fernandinho in Manchester.
Manchester City Sign Rodri Hernandez
El Manchester City deposita en LaLiga el importe de la cláusula de rescisión de Rodrigo, que extingue de forma unilateral su contrato con nuestro club.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) 3 July 2019
Career So Far
Rodri has spent his entire career living up to the title of the ‘new Sergio Busquets.’ However, judging by his statistics, Rodri is nothing close to Busquets. At Atletico, he was asked to play a role that wasn’t best for him. Diego Simeone’s aggressive, defensive style did more to harm his young midfielder than enhance his quality.
In moving to Manchester, Rodri will enter a system tailored to his skillset. This situation could work out a lot like when Pep Guardiola brought Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich. Alonso was a more traditional defensive midfielder, very good at reading and breaking up defensively, with that little bit of Spanish touch.
He was always underrated as a passer, which is easy considering his midfield generation. Pep Guardiola thought Xabi Alonso would be the perfect man to help introduce his system to Bayern Munich, and Alonso was excellent.
That is the type of player Rodri is and will continue to be. He has the same variety of passes that Xabi Alonso possessed, but at a much younger age. Rodri has about the same level of athleticism that Alonso had when he made his move to the Premier League. He is no Fernandinho, but much like Alonso, he has enough athleticism to allow his reading of the game to make up for it.
Manchester City fans shouldn’t expect that Rodri comes in and is straight away starting in midfield. Having Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan still on the roster could aid Rodri’s adjustment. However, it is clear that his future is at the heart of Manchester City’s midfield.