Manchester City were among three Premier League clubs who sent scouts to watch Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga against Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend.
The Daily Mail reported that the Premier League champions, along with Arsenal and Tottenham, are keeping tabs on the 16-year-old midfielder, who helped his team to a 2-1 win over the Ligue 1 champions on Sunday.
According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also admirers of the youngster, who “stunned observers with the maturity of his midfield display” against PSG, in the words of reporter Adrian Kajumba.
Camavinga came on for his senior debut against Angers in a Ligue 1 game in April and had made seven appearances by the end of the 2018/19 season, starting four matches and clocking 364 minutes of game-time.
He provided the assist for Romain Del Castillo’s winner against PSG on Sunday and ended the game with a remarkable passing success rate of 97.6%, misplacing only one of his 41 passes at Roazhon Park. [via WhoScored.com]
The defensive midfielder also won three tackles in that game, although with three missed tackles and having been dribbled past three times [via WhoScored.com], there are aspects to his game that he will hope to refine as his fledgeling career progresses.
Indeed, there are signs that Camavinga has already made discernible improvements in the four months since his debut. In his seven appearances last season, he had an 84.6% passing success rate and had match averages of 0.7 successful aerial duels, 3.3 successful tackles and 0.6 interceptions. [via WhoScored.com]
In the early weeks of the 2019/20 campaign, his passing accuracy is an exceptional 97.6% and he has averaged one successful aerial duel, 4.5 successful tackles and one interception per game. [via WhoScored.com]
Phil Foden, who got his break as a teenage midfielder at Manchester City, had a passing success rate of 86.6% last season and won just 0.2 aerial duels and 0.5 tackles per game. [via WhoScored.com]
While Camavinga’s early-season statistics have been very impressive, more so than Foden’s last season, he is still in the embryonic stages of his career and only needs to look at the 19-year-old English midfielder to see how hard it is for teenagers to hold down regular game-time at the Etihad Stadium.
Foden has started just three Premier League games since his debut in the competition in December 2017, so while Camavinga might be riding the crest of a wave now, he couldn’t expect to be given much of a chance if he was to sign for Manchester City.
The Premier League champions spent a club record £62.6m on a defensive midfielder in Rodri this summer, so it would seem very doubtful that they would then park him on the bench in favour of a 16-year-old with just 10 senior appearances to his name so far.
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