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Pep Guardiola could give 26 y/o the Zinchenko and Delph treatment next season [Opinion]


Manchester City are closing in on signing Kalvin Phillips with Pep Guardiola making the Leeds United midfielder a transfer priority this summer. But Phillips should be warned that he’s at risk of being moved out of position like Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko if his new manager deems it necessary.

Delph joined Man City in 2015 with the intention of playing in midfield as he had done for Aston Villa, but Guardiola’s arrival in the summer of 2016 saw the 32-year-old eventually turned into a left-back.

In 2017/18, Fernandinho was preferred in midfield, so Delph could only provide cover. Benjamin Mendy was injured, however, so the England international occupied his spot. Delph was then only considered as a defender for City in the seasons that followed.

A similar thing happened to Zinchenko upon his arrival from Ufa in 2016. The 25-year-old joined with the reputation of being a versatile winger in Russia and central midfielder for Ukraine, but he stood little chance of getting game time over Guardiola’s favourites.

Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and David Silva were preferred in midfield while Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane were preferred out wide.

City need a left-back to replace the suspended Mendy, so it wouldn’t be a shock if Phillips was tested in the position if one isn’t signed. He’s a good ball-winner but wouldn’t be the most composed player in the City squad, so Guardiola might not trust him in the middle of the park like Delph and Zinchenko found out.

In other news, Chelsea are ‘preparing bid’ for Raheem Sterling, Thomas Tuchel ‘wants’ him, personal terms ‘discussed’

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  • Gazza says:

    As someone who’s watched the youth at Leeds for nearly 40 years, Phillips range of passing is infinitely better than Delph, his ability in the quarterback position to beat the press from opponents is his strength, also he sees opponents on transition and can tackle or foul both are necessary in big games. Just hope you haven’t had our pants down with the lad coming the other way 5m for an 18 year old is a helleva price?

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