Manchester City defender Angelino, currently on loan at RB Leipzig, has been told where he needs to improve by his manager Julian Nagelsmann as the Bundesliga club continue in their efforts to sign him permanently.
German media outlet Bild reported that negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing, with RB Leipzig hoping to secure the 23-year-old for a lower fee than the fixed purchase option of €30m (£26.88m).
Following the team’s 4-2 win over Koln on Monday, Nagelsmann said of Angelino: “He still has to develop in the back four. The position in the chain of five is much easier for him because he has to defend forward. But if we only have four defenders in the back, he is a bit vulnerable in the back. The space behind him is simply even more important. He still has to learn.”
Angelino was restored to Nagelsmann’s starting XI for the game against Koln after only appearing as a substitute in RB Leipzig’s previous encounter against Hertha Berlin and sitting out their preceding win over Mainz.
It was in that Mainz game that Nagelsmann switched to a 4-4-2, having previously gone with a three-man centre-back setup with Angelino as a roving wing-back (as per TransferMarkt), so the Spaniard had a new role to which he needed to adapt.
While the concession of two goals perhaps suggested that Angelino and his defensive team-mates need to be tighter at the back, the on-loan Manchester City player could still take plenty of positives from his outing as a more conventional full-back. He won two tackles against Koln, as many as in his previous four games combined, and still played six key passes, only one fewer than he managed in total for RB Leipzig prior to Monday night (via WhoScored).
Angelino’s regular game-time in the Bundesliga (seven starts from Leipzig’s last nine matches) and adaptability to various positions should stand him in good stead if he were to come back to Manchester City. Also, despite Nagelsmann’s constructive criticism, there were a few very positive aspects to his performance against Koln.
Should Man City keep or sell Angelino this summer?
The 23-year-old had barely had a look-in at the Etihad Stadium prior to his January loan move to Germany, so while he has been playing well enough to prompt RB Leipzig to want to keep him, his parent club may be tempted to take the money for him if Pep Guardiola continues to prefer Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko in his place.
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