Manchester City forward Marlos Moreno could be set for yet another move away from the Etihad Stadium, having already had a succession of loan spells in his time on the club’s books.
Portuguese media outlet O Jogo reported that Primeira Liga side Portimonense are targeting the 22-year-old to bolster their forward options ahead of next season.
Moreno has been given his opportunities to prove a point to Manchester City with so many loan moves, but quite simply he has not taken them.
Since moving to the Premier League club in 2016, he has produced a paltry return of four goals and six assists from 69 appearances, averaging 0.06 goals and 0.09 assists per game.
He played for two clubs in Spain’s La Liga, the only division ranked higher than the Premier League in UEFA’s association club coefficient and failed to score for either Deportivo La Coruna or Girona in a combined 26 appearances.
He then managed only one goal in 26 games for Flamengo in Brazil’s top-flight but was slightly more productive for Santos Laguna in Mexico last season with three goals and three assists in 17 games (0.18 goals and assists per game).
Moreno is not the only young forward at Manchester City hoping to challenge for first-team involvement. Ian Poveda, Lukas Nmecha, Adrian Bernabe, Luke Bolton and Ben Knight were all included on the senior squad’s pre-season tour of the Far East, with Felix Nmecha, Poveda and Bernabe all getting some minutes for the first-team last season.
Also, Lukas Nmecha was on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy, which could put him in Guardiola’s mind for further first-team squad inclusion during the season.
Even though Guardiola signed Moreno in 2016, the manager seems to have no intention of picking the Colombia winger, leaving him at home while bringing several young forwards on tour this month.
The 22-year-old has failed to make the most of his opportunities on loan, though, and doesn’t look like he’ll ever make the grade at Manchester City, so the time appears to have come for him to move on altogether.
It’s a situation which also raises questions about the club’s logic of stockpiling young forwards but constantly dispatching them on loan – Patrick Roberts has not played for the club since 2015/16, having since gone out to Celtic (where he scored 18 goals in 78 games), Girona and now Norwich.
While Moreno hasn’t done enough to show that he could make Guardiola’s first team, the others could legitimately feel aggrieved that their parent club have shown no interest in giving them a chance.
Manchester City fans, is it time to jettison Moreno altogether and do you agree with the club’s habit of continually sending out players on loan without giving them a chance? Share your views in the comments section below!
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