With a second successive Premier League title in the bag, you would normally expect Pep Guardiola to go in big on splashing the cash, but so far rumours of a big move for anyone have been largely quiet for Manchester City, with Rodri being the only name reported with a move to the Citizens, but now it is emerging that the club are going after a former academy product.
According to Goal, City will activate PSV defender Angelino’s buy-back clause this summer, a reported €6 million (£5.35 million), as the club aim to improve their options at left-back and see the 22-year-old as a cover for that position.
The young fullback has had a breakout year in the Eredivisie, scoring once and assisting nine for PSV and in doing so attracting interest from the likes of PSG and Arsenal according to reports in Spain, but here are two reasons why Angelino could take the starting left-back spot at City…
Perfect Guardiola fullback
A technically gifted player who knows how to spot a pass, take players on, and find space for attackers to exploit sounds like a fullback Guardiola loves to utilise, and luckily for the City boss, Angelino is just that kind of player.
The Spaniard has steadily progressed over the years playing in the likes of America with New York City FC and in Spain for Mallorca, but in PSV it all came to a head that saw Angelina have his best season ever in professional football, and now the left-back plays with all the attributes that you not only expect from a modern-day fullback but from someone Guardiola thrives from using.
With a WhoScored average of 2 key passes a game and a pass completion record of 77.5% as well as completing more crosses than any other player in the Eredivisie, Angelino is a defender who can flourish in City’s system, and having been an academy player there for the good part of four years, the 22-year-old knows what to expect in Manchester.
Room to grow into one of the Premier League’s finest
With the most key passes, assists and crosses out of any defender in the Eredivisie last season, it’s safe to say Angelino has what it takes to shine in a top-five European league, and with City, the left-back can develop even further and realistically become one of the top fullbacks in the Premier League.
Guardiola’s ability to develop players is one of the reasons why the Manchester have been so dominant in the Premier League over the past two seasons, and with Angelino’s current skill set, there is a good chance the left-back can become the next player to flourish under the City boss.
City are in need of a left-back this summer, and Angelino fills the bill to a tee with his creative style of play established during his time with PSV, and playing with an improved new supporting cast could see the Spaniard having a real shot of flourishing into one of the Premier League’s top fullbacks.