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At first he seemed like a purely destructive player â€“ not a bad thing, in the post-Makelele Premier League. His size (not quite Yaya Toure but certainly no Stephen Ireland) dominates opposition midfielders and has settled in well with the physicalities of the Premier League.
Gelson's energy levels are unlike anyone else at City. A comparison is often made, quite wrongly, with a windup toy: Fernandes never slows down and never needs re-winding
His weakest asset, his ball control often leaves much to be desired. The deficit is truly shown when he's paired with Didi Hamann (who's ball control is really quite decent). It's rather odd though, because there are occasions when his first touch itself looks inspired. It's something of an anti-climax when you see him trying to run on the ball
Towards the dying months of last season, he expanded his sphere of influence beyond the centre circle and deep into opponents' halves. He has scored as many as Stephen Ireland and Michael Johnson last season. And has proved that he has been even better at Gerrardian runs into the box than the master of the Steven Gerrard impression himself, Michael Johnson.