Manchester City have spent over £150 million on full-backs since Pep Guardiola’s arrival. Joao Cancelo was brought in during the summer for £58 million and he’s been struggling to make the spot his own, but City fans were impressed with him against Aston Villa.
During the 6-1 win, he played the full 90 minutes and was rated 8/10 by the Manchester Evening News, who said “His storming runs down the right were very effective” and noted he’s now a challenge to Kyle Walker for the position in the big games. He’s only started six of City’s 22 games so far this season, so he’ll be hoping for more.
It seems some fans are hoping for the same too. When City news aggregator @SuperbiaProeIia on Twitter pointed out some of his stats for the game, some fans replied to say how impressed they were with his performance, and some even said he should now start over Walker.
Joao Cancelo vs Aston Villa:
2 Shots outside the box
1 Key pass
95% (96) Pass completion
11 (17) Duels won
5 (5) Successful dribbles
8 Ball recoveries
4 (5) Successful tackles
— Man City | Superbia (@SuperbiaProeIia) 12 January 2020
You can see some of their reactions to the tweet below:
Better and should start over walker any day
— Cody ❄️ (@CodyLeeMCFC) 12 January 2020
Hope he sticks it out. Be No 1 next season with performances like that. Got one hell of a shot on him too
— (@olicoulson_) 12 January 2020
He is one of the greatest. No dubt.
— LEO (@CrystalSRain) 12 January 2020
Should always start over Walker imo
— (@RighteousRodri) 12 January 2020
A great performance
— ⚡Vincent fred⚡ (@Vincentfred8) 12 January 2020
just wait for pep to give him more minutes and you’ll see how he can make the others rb’s look like a fraud
— Cancelo Deprê (@cancelodepre) 12 January 2020
Can Cancelo oust Walker out of the team?
Man City fans, what have you made of Joao Cancelo so far this season?
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