Opinion: A move away from Man City is the best choice for this 21-year-old but club would regret it

Why Oleksandr Zinchenko should make a move away from Man City

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is keen to make a move away from the club in January. The Ukrainian midfielder was linked with an exit during the summer as well but ultimately decided to stay put.

He has barely featured under Pep Guardiola so far this season and the youngster is now said to be in search of regular football elsewhere. According to the report, Napoli have shown a keen interest in acquiring his signature and the move sounds very feasible.

Zinchenko is a versatile player and can play in a wide variety of positions across the field. He is generally deployed as a central attacking midfielder but the youngster is also capable of playing on the flanks.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

The Ukraine international is also versatile enough to play as a left-back. Given that Guardiola possesses a flurry of options in all of these areas, it’s hard to see the young midfielder get the chance to make a significant impact this season.

Zinchenko has made just two appearances for Manchester City this season and that was largely due to the injuries succumbed by Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph. Once the pair returned, Zinchenko has warmed the bench.

The young midfielder made the move to England two years ago and has since only been able to muster 9 appearances for the Cityzens. He is currently at a stage of his career where he needs to play regularly to improve as a footballer. (Stats courtesy – Premier League)

Aged just 21 years, Zinchenko has already displayed his qualities for Manchester City during his two years at the club. Though he has barely been given time to prove himself, the Ukraine international still managed to dazzle many with his performances.

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At a time like this, warming the bench will not only affect the player’s confidence but it will also take a significant toll on his growth levels. The best move for the Ukrainian midfielder would be to make the move away from the Premier League limelight and earn some regular minutes.

He is surely going to be one of the best players in the future and City will rue their decision to let the youngster go.

Faouzi Ghoulam applauds the Napoli fans. (Getty Images)

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