Should City offload Zinchenko?

August 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Manchester United midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko continues to be linked with a move to La Liga, with Real Betis the most likely destination, but he’d been turning down personal turns with clubs in order to fight for his place at the Etihad Stadium.

Given he’s struggled for playing time under Pep Guardiola, few could argue there’s a place for him in the first-team, and the message may be finally sinking in. Latest reports state Zinchenko has made a U-turn on his decision to stay and would be open for an exit. Whether that’s permanent or not remains to be seen, but it may be best for all parties that the midfielder is moved on.

Couldn’t take his chance when given small opportunity

Signed from Ufa in 2016, the 21-year-old has gone on to make just 14 appearances in all competitions, having spent his debut season out on loan at Dutch Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven (17 appearances). Zinchenko, while a central midfielder, has only featured at left-back under Guardiola.

With Mendy having suffered a serious knee injury, the Ukrainian international provided cover along with Fabian Delph and Danilo. Now Mendy is fit and starting on a regular basis, there doesn’t appear to be room for Zinchenko given the competition for places.

He isn’t going to feature at left-back as three players are ahead of him in the pecking order. Operating in central midfield looks unlikely too, with Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Fernandinho, Delph and Kevin de Bruyne in his way. As a result, Zinchenko has no place in the first-team and will surely have to leave to get regular football.

Loan move could suit both parties

With Zinchenko having turned down a permanent move away from City earlier this summer, a loan deal might be best for both parties. After helping the Sky Blues win the Premier League title last season, the Ukrainian international doesn’t want to leave the party just yet as he’s being mentored by Guardiola.

A loan move, however, would allow him the chance to get first-team football and still return to City next summer. And should he impress with another side, the 21-year-old could get himself back in favour with his manager. So far, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Real Betis have been closely linked to his signature, but both sides appear to want Zinchenko permanently.

Should the Citizens offload Zinchenko? Or should they find a resolution that allows him to stay contracted to City while getting first-team football elsewhere for a season?

Zinchenko to stay at Manchester City but is he good enough?

July 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko recently revealed his desire to stay at the club despite an offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers being accepted by the Sky Blues this summer. His versatility got him playing time in 2017/18, operating as a makeshift left-back with Benjamin Mendy out injured, but it’s hard to see where he’ll fit into the team when everybody is fit. Nevertheless, he’s determined to stay in Manchester.

“To be honest, I think Manchester City is one of the best teams in the world right now. Everyone dreams of playing here, and that goes for me as well. I try to learn every single day and I’m going to fight here,” he said. “I’m ready for everything because I have to be professional. You don’t know what can happen in the future, but I’m dreaming of staying here. Everyone wants to be part of this team.”

After Chelsea beat City to the signature of Jorginho, manager Pep Guardiola stated his intention to use his midfielders on the bench and fringes of the first-team as cover. That meant the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Fabian Delph, Claudio Gomes and Zinchenko could play a somewhat important role next season. City reportedly accepted a £16m bid from Wolves for the young midfielder, however, suggesting he’s surplus to requirements.

And with only 14 appearances in all competitions after joining City from Ufa in 2016, the Ukrainian international has a tough task edging his way into the first-team. Zinchenko spent his debut campaign on loan at PSV Eindhoven and was utilised by Guardiola at left wing-back in his second season.  He’s a natural midfielder who can adapt to different roles, but there’s too much competition all over the squad.

The Sky Blues have Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva who are expected to operate in midfield, with Fernandinho anchoring, while Gundogan and Delph are waiting in the wings. In defence, Benjamin Mendy is expected to start the new season at left-back, but Delph provided a useful deputy when called upon.  Danilo has also featured on the left side of the defence.

It’s not a big surprise that Zinchenko wants to stay regardless, as City won the Premier League title with 100 points last season, but he’s unlikely to feature much in their title defence when looking at the players ahead of him in the pecking order. As a tactically-aware 21-year-old, Zinchenko would be a good signing for a lot of clubs, but is he good enough to stay at the Etihad?

Gunn and Zinchenko could be moved on permanently by Man City this summer

June 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko could be sold this summer, with the pair having little chance of getting regular first-team football next season.

The Sky Blues could be selling and loaning out more players than they bring in this summer, but the money generated could help to get some big deals over the line.

Southampton would be good move for Gunn

Gunn spent 2017/18 out on loan with former side Norwich City and is unlikely to dethrone Ederson as first-choice ‘keeper under Pep Guardiola. Claudio Bravo should remain the Brazilian’s back-up next season, meaning Gunn will be forced to move to continue his development and it appears that a permanent deal looks on the cards rather than another loan.

Southampton are reported to be in talks with City over a £15m deal for the 22-year-old who has yet to make a first-team appearances for the Sky Blues. Gunn is highly-rated and kept a respectable 16 clean sheets during his loan spell with Norwich last season. He’s also been called up to the England national team, although he’s yet to make an appearance.

Gunn would be a loss to City given his obvious potential, but if game time is going to allude him in Manchester, he has to seek out assurances elsewhere. Southampton are well known for developing young talents and may well give Gunn a chance from the start next season due to their issues between the sticks.

Mark Hughes’ men conceded 56 goals in the Premier League last season. Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster shared the goalkeeping responsibility. If a No.1 isn’t set in stone ahead of 2018/19, Gunn stands a chance of working his way up the pecking order.

Right move to sell Zinchenko

Further reports have suggested City midfielder Zinchenko is available for sale. The 21-year-old joined from Ufa in 2016, spent his debut season on loan at PSV Eindhoven before returning to his parent club and being used sparingly by Guardiola.

Zinchenko was often utilised as a makeshift left-back and left wing-back, a role that was previously alien to him as a central midfielder and chances were few and far between anyway. The Ukrainian international made just six Premier League starts last season, spending the majority of the campaign as an unused substitute or being left out of the matchday squad entirely.

City are believed to have received offers between £10m-£20m for his signature, but there’s no deal on the horizon with a suitor just yet. Zinchenko might be considering his future at the Etihad, as Benjamin Mendy, Danilo and Fabian Delph stand in his way at left-back, while Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho and David Silva are ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.

If City can sell Gunn and Zinchenko for a good amount this summer, the money could be reinvested into transfer funds to help Jorginho’s move from Napoli and Riyad Mahrez’s move from Leicester City.