Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez is the second-most expensive signing in the club’s history.
Chelsea signed Enzo Fernandez from Benfica for £107m (BBC Sport) last January. However, that has not made the 23-year-old think that he does not need to work hard.
Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed on his Substack that Fernandez is one of the hardest trainers at Cobham and that he “lives and breathes football”.
It sets a good example at Chelsea. You cannot just live off your price tag and actually need to work hard once arriving at the club.
Fernandez came in for a lot of praise after scoring a stunning free-kick in the Blues’ last game, a 3-1 win against Aston Villa. Liverpool legend Steve Nicol described his strike as “sensational“.
Enzo Fernandez one of the hardest workers in Chelsea training
The kind of player he is, it is not a complete surprise to hear that Fernandez puts a lot of effort in at Cobham.
While the Argentine is quite a technical midfielder, he is also a footballer that can put the yards in and make tackles.
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For example, last season, Fernandez made 2.5 tackles per game in the Premier League, which was the third-highest average in Chelsea’s squad (WhoScored).
That is certainly not an average of a lazy player. Keep doing that, working hard in training and scoring like he did against Villa, and Fernandez will come good.
A lot of Chelsea fans will probably feel that he already has. But costing more than £100m, naturally, his critics will want to see more from the World Cup winner before deeming him a success. One thing it looks like they cannot question, though, is his work ethic.
Fernandez will have a chance to add to that incredible free-kick goal when Chelsea travel to Selhurst Park tomorrow to take on Crystal Palace.