Manchester City’s new signing Joao Cancelo admits that he is a very offensive right-back. There is a tough competition between him and Kyle Walker for the position.
It was the character that prefaced his arrival in Manchester City. It was apparent in reflections on his full introduction against Preston North End. Although people might say that it was Ryan Ledson’s outstretched leg that led to the goal. Cancelo began the move in question. A presumptuous pass to Gabriel Jesus and he was off, dashing straight for the six-yard box. Had Ledson not turned David Silva’s cross into his own net, the 25-year-old defender was well situated to capitalize.
It was the corridor of play which showed the attacking intent of a player. Portuguese football expert Tom Kundert feels has unrivaled excellence in his position.
“Offensively, you could argue quite convincingly he is the best right-back in the world,” said Lisbon-based Kundert, who satisfied 50-years of Portuguese football in his book, ‘The Thirteenth Chapter’.
“He’s very skillful and a good dribbler. His acceleration allows him to drift past the opposition defenders. Sometimes it’s quite bewildering to watch. He doesn’t seem to have to do much but always seems to beat his man and get to the by-line. One on one he can be devastating, almost unplayable, even against top opposition.” also said Kundert.
Thankfully, Joao Cancelo has been fitted into his new surroundings by Pep Guardiola. Moreover, Cancelo made three substitute appearances before playing the full 90 minutes against Preston. He has proved enough to impress the manager with his knowledge of the game. While Kundert compares his ball-carrying style to Gareth Bale, that is a testament to his eye-catching attacking prowess. Kundert also stresses there are other, more complex characteristics to appreciate.
Will Cancelo be the first team choice?
World Soccer Magazine’s Portugal acquaintance points to Joao Cancelo’s mentality as one of his most outstanding attributes. Along with his passion to improve, which he maintains places the full-back in the distinguished company in his homeland.
“He’s been intelligent in the way he’s managed his career, He’s had quite a few clubs in a fairly young career, but he’s always given himself a chance to improve,” Kundert added.
Kundert kept on talking to reveal that “He’s talked a lot about wanting to evolve and make himself a better player. He’s already achieved a lot. He could have sat back and taken it easy, but he is someone who likes to push himself.”
“There are a few Portuguese players who are like that. Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, and Bernardo Silva, who constantly talks about the importance of putting yourself under pressure and trying to improve yourself. Cancelo seems to be that kind of guy. That’s one explanation for what he’s achieved so far.”