Fernandes eager to prove worth in Serie A

Fernandes eager to prove worth in Serie A

22/08/2018 14:58

Swiss midfielder Edimilson Fernandes spoke of his desire to show what he can do in Italian football as he was unveiled as a Fiorentina player on Tuesday afternoon.

Fernandes – who joins on loan from English side West Ham United – is eager to put his experience of playing in the Premier League to good use in Florence.

"It was great to play in England," he said. "Despite my young age I’ll try to use my experience to help the team. I didn’t really get a chance to follow Serie A, but I’m sure I can do well here if I work hard. I know I can have a good season. I’m here on loan but I’m here to work. I know I’m only here for a year but I want to work hard and get focused. If things go well, I’d like to stay."

Some see Fernandes as the natural heir to Milan Badelj’s role in the Viola midfield – and the Swiss is relishing the chance to take up the Croat’s mantle.

"I would like to," he said. "I know I’m young but I have experience and I feel I can bring something to the team. I’m working and training hard. I’m speaking to the coach a lot. I’m training now because I wasn’t able to previously. I hope to be able to play this weekend but if I’m not ready I will be for next time."

Fernandes provides Stefano Pioli with plenty of options in midfield and can operate in a number of different positions.

"I can play in three positions in midfield – as a No.6, No.8 or No.10 – but I feel most comfortable as a No.8," he explained. "I think my best attribute is my attacking game. That’s where I can really help the team. I think I can improve in defence. This league is a lot more tactical than the Premier League so I know I’ll need to defend better."

Fernandes confirmed that he had sought advice from his cousin Gelson Fernandes, who spent time at Chievo and Udinese.

"He knows Serie A and some of the managers well," explained Fernandes. "He told me that it’s hard work here but that it would definitely be a good move for me."

Despite only joining the club recently, Fernandes is optimistic about the team’s chances this season.

"I’ve only been here for a week so it’s difficult to say, but from what I’ve seen we have a really good side here," he said. "I think we’re ready to challenge for the Europa League, though we’ll need to work hard day in, day out for that."

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