Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko will return to his club this week on a major high after helping Ukraine to seal their place in next year’s European Championship finals.
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Zinchenko was played in a left-sided midfield role by national team boss Andriy Shevchenko last night and he posted some impressive figures from the match.
According to WhoScored.com, he had 61 touches of the ball and an 85% passing success rate, completing 39 of his 46 passes, while embarking on two successful dribbles, winning one aerial duel and two tackles, making two interceptions and recording five clearances.
All of Zinchenko’s nine Manchester City appearances this season (and 49 of his 52 games for the club) have come at left-back, but he has played in a central or wide midfield role on numerous occasions during his club career.
These Manchester City fans on Twitter believe that the 22-year-old should be redeployed as a midfielder in Pep Guardiola’s line-up ahead of the likes of Ilkay Gundogan:
Hearing there was another Zinchenko masterclass in midfield? Surely that's where his future lies.
— Steven (@StevenMcinerney) October 14, 2019
Zinchenko masterclass as per, better than Gundogan at midfield
— Callum (@matthewsRCM) October 14, 2019
Pep should play zinchenko midfield with Rodri and Fernandino center back because Otamendi is a serious disaster..pls try that
— Williams spizy (@w_spizy4real) October 15, 2019
Bin Gundo put him in at DM/CM instead, if Mendy does well enough he stays otherwise bring in a LB to compete with Angelino, all set.
— TiD (@TruthisDoomed) October 15, 2019
After watching Zinchenko play in the mid for Ukraine,I honestly think he is a very serious option for the midfield for City..
— thembani sibandacom (@thembanisibanda) October 15, 2019
Zinchenko gives his all when he plays for the club and also when he plays for his national team. All the time, just one bad game, so many City fans start hating on him and they forget he is playing out of position for City.
My man is a beast in the midfield, he should play there
— VICTORIA JOY NAZA (@1Joycityzen) October 15, 2019
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