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Manchester City have five options to solve left-back dilemma

Pep Guardiola Manchester City manager

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Pep Guardiola might also find himself with a dilemma or two when trying to pick a first-choice left-back ahead of the new season. He has options, but each of them have clear weaknesses.

Benjamin Mendy is still an excellent attacking full-back and however, he looks significantly less athletic, less mobile than he did when he first arrived at the club in 2017. As things stand the Frenchman can’t be depended on to last a whole season.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is about as silky and graceful as full-backs come. The Ukraine international has often excelled on the left flank. But against better teams, when asked to do more defending, cracks begin to emerge. He is not yet a fully-fledged defender.

Joao Cancelo was asked to fill in on the left more often towards the end of last season. And, for the most part, he did a good job. His performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 second leg, though, suggested he could make the position his own.

Angelino might be given a chance at City. Still only 23, the Spaniard has plenty of time ahead of him to win over Guardiola.

As things stand, it seems unlikely that City will bring in a new left-back, particularly after Ben Chilwell’s move to Chelsea. There could yet be an unexpected venture into the transfer market, but for now City look to be sticking with what they’ve got.


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