Former Manchester City player Steve Howey believes that Oleksandr Zinchenko is a prime example of Pep Guardiola’s ability to improve players.
Zinchenko featured 32 times in all competitions for City last season and took his total number of games for the club to 100. The 24-year-old has become an important player in Pep Guardiola’s side at left-back, but has operated as a defensive midfielder, central midfielder and as a left midfielder during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
The Ukraine international helped City to win both the Premier League and Carabao Cup last term and he took his fine run of form into the Euros, putting in some really good performances for his country, getting a goal and an assist and helping his national side reach the quarter-finals.
And Howey believes that Zinchenko is the perfect example of Pep Guardiola’s talent when it comes to improving players at City, exclusively telling Football FanCast: “I think you just look at the players that Pep’s improved over the last couple of seasons.
“You look at someone like Zinchenko for instance, Ruben Dias when he’s come in with John Stones, because John Stones had a dip and then came back.”
Pep Guardiola has had a knack over the years of giving players the right number of minutes and getting the best out of them, which has led to him being so successful as a manager at every club he has been at.