Ruben Dias has been the signing of the season across the world of football, end of story. In fact, the question should be, who has been the second-best signing in the world, because Dias has been that monumental, that Manchester City are on course for records they couldn't handle when even Vincent Kompany was at the club.
When Kompany did depart, just like when Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left Manchester United, it looked a near-impossible task to replace the Belgian at the Etihad. But, whilst it's taken United almost a decade to do so, it took City just a year, and Dias has now become the most important centre-back in world football and the most impactful player in the Premier League.
He's been just as important as the great Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, because whilst the Dutchman broke records and helped fire the Reds to a Champions League and Premier League across two seasons, Dias is doing the same but within the same campaign. In fact, you could even argue he's been just as good if not better than van Dijk, given how we're once again forgetting the impact of Kevin De Bruyne this season because of how good Dias has been, just like the records Mohamed Salah were getting overlooked because of van Dijk's impact.
At the start of the season, Dias was a huge outsider for the PFA Player of the Year odds and his PFA Player of the Year odds only began to slash towards the end of 2020 and the start of 2021. In fact, after being as high as 20/1 when City finally began to find some form, he was soon slashed to 16/1 and then 9/1 when Pep Guardiola's men started to move towards the title when United crashed.
Dias has since moved closer and closer to Fernandes' favourite for the PFA Player of the Year odds spot, and he now sits at just 4/5 to win the trophy and become only the third defender to win the award in the Premier League era after van Dijk and John Terry - not bad company, to be honest.
In truth, however, you can very easily pip Fernandes ahead of Dias, if you believe that to be true. Their respective forms and the overall impact on their clubs has been equal, given how United have moved from being a Europa League club to second-best in the league, whilst City have only gone from second to first.