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Flashback: Joao Cancelo proving to be pointless purchase from Manchester City

According to notable transfer expert Duncan Castles, this summer’s transfer window is likely to be a ‘depressed’ one compared to previous years amid the current suspension to football, largely around the world. With that in mind and the fact there’s nothing to give us a footballing fix, the Transfer Tavern are doing their best to remind their readers how some of their club’s fans reacted to the biggest signings of this season in order to focus on what’s been before us, rather than the uncertainty ahead. 

In the summer of 2019, Manchester City made a quite strange decision. They decided they’d swap one back-up right-back in Danilo for another in Joao Cancelo (via BBC). Nevertheless, it was a move which was met with approval from the Etihad Stadium faithful, who seemed to be feeling elated with the transfer. One fan suggested Kyle Walker was scared following the move.

Looking back at it from this moment in time and you can be forgiven for scratching your head over the move. It proves to be incredibly baffling as to why Pep Guardiola decided to swap one back-up right back for another. As a matter of fact, the Portugual international cost a whopping £60m, far too much money for a player, who hardly starts a game. Cancelo has featured in just 11 Premier League fixtures, 10 less than his teammate Walker, as per Transfermarkt.

In the most recent Champions League clash with Real Madrid, it seems as though the former Barcelona coach didn’t trust the 25-year-old as he dropped him for the England international. The decision to leave him out of the team came despite the fact, the ace had started four of the six group games.

Statistical comparison between the two fullbacks reveals Walker is by far the stronger option for the team’s passing style of play. Not only does the 29-year-old average more passes per league game, but, he also plays more long balls, showing he has greater variety, as per WhoScored.

With Walker having signed a new contract last summer, it seems as though he is remaining at City for the foreseeable future. A move for the former Benfica man, and an expensive one at that, really does look pretty silly especially as does the over-the-top reaction from the supporters.

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