With Oleksandr Zinchenko missing the start of the 2021/22 season and Benjamin Mendy’s ongoing legal issues, Manchester City were in the midst of a crisis at left-back.
However, Joao Cancelo has certainly assuaged all doubts not only by replacing the role, but by being widely seen as the standout player in what is unnatural for the former Juventus man.
Despite the Portugal international’s stellar performances throughout the season on the opposite flank, the ideal situation still includes him competing with Kyle Walker at right-back, with Manchester City scouring the transfer market to add a left-back to their ranks.
Former City defender Bacary Sagna – who enjoyed a prolific Premier League career – recently spoke about the importance for Pep Guardiola’s side of signing a left-back and suggested one of the most exciting players in the job .
“They don’t need to target anywhere; they are complete in all positions. Maybe left-back, if I had to cover a position. But still, they did well. But left-back, they don’t have a natural left footer, so that would be the only position.”
Bacary Sagna went on to tell The Sun“I like Theo Hernandez, he plays very well and has potential. He has a great future.”
With the AC Milan defender constantly linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium ahead of next season, it’s likely impossible that a move is still on the cards after signing a contract extension with the Italian giants until 2026 in February.
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However, the France international’s decision to commit his future to San Siro may not deter Manchester City’s plans to strengthen the department, as the Daily Mail’s Jack Gaughan previously reported that Etihad officials could target a ‘Cheaper’ left-back option, after signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
With names such as Tyrick Mitchell, Aaron Hickey and Abner Vinicius also speculated about a move to join Pep Guardiola’s side on several occasions, Manchester City may well have a left-back Plan B in store after news broke of the extension of Theo Hernandez’s contract. revealed.
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