Dynamo is taking a big risk. What confuses in the transfer of a new legionnaire

Pavel Prokhorov

Pavel Prokhorov

Dynamo takes a big risk with a new legionnaire

Who is Roberto Fernandez and why buying him will not solve the problems of blue and white.

Dynamo is about to announce the acquisition of Roberto Fernandez. The blue-and-whites were ahead of Boca Juniors, Atlético Mineiro, Braga, Espanyol and Almeria in the fight for the Paraguayan. According to the player’s agent Pedro Aldave, Dynamo will receive 80% of the rights to the player, and the player will sign a five-year contract. In addition, the Moscow club managed to reduce the transfer price from €4 million to €3.5 million.

Roberto Fernandez

Roberto Fernandez

Dynamo defender

“I never thought I would move so quickly and directly to Europe, very proud of it. I thank Guarani who gave me everything.”

The 22-year-old Paraguayan plays as a central defender. He is a graduate of Guarani, for which he managed to play 70 games by the age of 22. Fernandez has an aggressive defensive style. He is well characterized by statistics – 16 yellow cards and two removals in 70 games. The defender has a good long pass, and also throws the ball very far from the side.

Despite his height (1.88), Roberto often takes corners and takes free kicks, and does not fight in the penalty area. After the departure of Ordets, Evgeniev and Balbuena, Dynamo were in dire need of a player of this profile. But it seems that Slavisa Jokanovic will not interfere with another experienced central defender. In addition to the young Sazonov and Kutitsky, there is no one to compete with Fernandez yet.

Roberto Fernandez

Roberto Fernandez

Photo: clubguarani.com.py

Until now, the Paraguayan has progressed from season to season. In the 2021/2022 championship, the defender set a personal record for the number of minutes on the field (3665). In addition, Roberto increased the average passing accuracy from 81% in the 2018/2019 season to 86% and the win rate from 58% in the 2019/2020 draw to 69% (won the fight at the top – from 59% to 68%). As for other key parameters, the Paraguayan makes an average of 2.6 tackles and 8 interceptions per game.



Karpin extended the Dynamo black streak.  Jokanovic barely took his legs in his debut match in Russia
Karpin extended the Dynamo black streak. Jokanovic barely took his legs in his debut match in Russia

At the international level, the newcomer of the blue and white had 17 matches. He was involved in the national teams of Paraguay under 17, 20 and 23 years old, but he has not yet made his debut for the main national team. And another question is whether Fernandez will gain a foothold in Dynamo. On the one hand, the blue and white in the center of defense is empty, and on the other hand, a defender like Fernandez needs an experienced partner nearby. As practice shows, defenders-South Americans, imprisoned for reckless football, lack tactical training. Fernandez, judging by the game, is no exception.

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