After a disastrous recruitment campaign (bar the capture of Bas Dost) in the summer of 2016, Sporting appear to have learned from their mistakes.
A series of signings this close season have made an immediate and highly positive impact, as attested by a record of eight wins, two draws and zero defeats in ten games in all competitions in the new campaign.
One player in particular has been grabbing all the headlines, not least thanks to compiling a personal collection of goal-of-the-season contenders. But Bruno Fernandes brings far more to Sporting than goals. Patrick Ribeiro explains why.