Writing in a column for the Manchester Evening News, journalist Adam Newson has identified recent link Nelson Semedo as a potentially viable candidate to replace defender Kyle Walker in the long run – with a deep look into his statistics outlining that he could very well replicate the England man.
Semedo, who has been recently linked with a move to the Sky Blues in a Barcelona swap deal with recent signing Joao Cancelo, could potentially be a candidate to replace, arguably, one of our players of the season – or at the very least challenge him for a place in the City team.
Since Cancelo put pen to paper on a £60 million swap deal to us last summer, with Danilo going the other way to Juventus on top of the fee, the Portuguese defender has found life difficult at Eastlands when it comes to nailing down a regular starting place – with Walker seemingly well ahead of him in the pecking order.
According to WhoScored, Cancelo has made 11 Premier League appearances this season, starting eight of them – an inferior number compared to that of his English teammate – who has started 21 league games by comparison this campaign.
As a result, the 25-year-old has now been linked with a move away from the Etihad – with Barcelona full-back Semedo firmly in swap deal discussions as things stand.
Is Semedo the ideal candidate to succeed Walker?
Speaking on the rumours, journalist Newson has earmarked Semedo as the man who could potentially fill Walker’s boots in the long run – taking an in-depth look into his statistics and how he compares with City’s first choice right back.
Newson, writing in the MEN, claims there is ‘much to like‘ about the player – going on to state that we have may have found our man to succeed Walker.
Indeed, judging by Semedo’s 88.4% pass accuracy, a key indicator that he wouldn’t struggle playing for a possession-based team, Newson may be correct in his verdict that the Catalans defender could well be a defensive candidate.