West Ham have been credited with an interest in Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko recently and if the Ukrainian were to arrive at the London Stadium, he could be David Moyes’ very-own version of Joao Cancelo.
Despite Pep Guardiola’s side spending copious amounts on defenders in recent years, the £1.7m spent on signing Zinchenko from FC Ufa in 2016 has proved to be one of their best transfer dealings.
In six years with the club, Zinchenko has made 128 appearances, in which he has contributed two goals and 12 assists, although Guardiola has always been full of praise for him, labelling him “incredible” earlier this year.
Last season saw him make just 15 appearances in the top-flight for City, although he impressed in that time, contributing four assists and averaging a strong 7.05 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
The Ukrainian, who is reportedly valued at £3om, has regularly found himself down in the pecking order at City, finding it difficult to overcome Joao Cancelo. However, the data suggests that he could perform a similar role to the Portuguese if given regular playing time.
Cancelo was one of the standout players for City last season as they won the Premier League title, with the former Juventus man contributing one goal and seven assists in 36 top-flight appearances for the Citizens, which was enough to earn him a superb 7.43 average rating from WhoScored.
The website also suggests that both players’ strengths include holding on to the ball and passing, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the system they play in at City.
With Arthur Masuaku seemingly on his way out of West Ham, Moyes will need another left-back to compete with Aaron Cresswell next season, while Zinchenko has also shown himself capable of playing in midfield, doing so excellently for his country in recent international fixtures.
The City man’s versatility, age and obvious ability suggest that he would be a dream signing for Moyes this summer, and with consistent game time, there seems no reason why he can’t replicate the form that Cancelo has shown at the Etihad in recent seasons.