Manchester City cruised to victory following an early Fulham red card, and the 10-man Cottagers were simply no match for the Blues. City fielded a slightly weaker side than usual and with the match effectively won after 20 minutes, Pep Guardiola saw fit to rest some of the ‘big guns’ whilst also awarding some of the younger players with a full 90 minutes.
Here are five things we learned from the game…
Cancelo continues to challenge for a starting berth
The Portuguese full-back played very well against Fulham as he continues to challenge Kyle Walker for the first choice right back position. Cancelo was an asset going forward, his link-up play was great whilst he carried the ball and the former Juventus man assisted City’s third goal with a wonderful cross.
Whilst Cancelo did not have a lot to do defensively, he was fast and strong when he was called upon and won the ball on several occasions.
Jesus continues to ascend
Gabriel Jesus scored two headed goals in quick succession during the 4-0 rout and his impressive goalscoring form this season has certified the notion that he is the heir to Aguero’s throne.
Since his arrival in 2017, Jesus has established himself as one of the best strikers in the league, with the Brazilian amassing a staggering 56 goals and 17 assists in just 78 starts for the club.
It is only a matter of time before Jesus is Manchester City’s first choice striker.
Foden is NOT a winger
Whilst Phil Foden’s ability and potential is evident to those who have watched his progression since his debut in late 2017, it is also clear that the youngster is simply not suited to playing on the wing.
At times this season Foden has played brilliantly in the middle but in the comfortable victory against Fulham, Foden looked rather uncomfortable playing on the wing and despite registering an assist, he didn’t have the best of games.
Silva’s experience is key
El Capitan put in a Man of the Match performance against Fulham, and David Silva was key in Manchester City unlocking Fulham’s low block.
Throughout the game, the club legend displayed some trademark mesmerising passes as he led the Blues to victory, but furthermore, Silva is also a key member off-the-pitch. The Spaniard is one of the more experienced members of the squad and as a result he is looked up to by some of the younger players notably Phil Foden.
Silva’s skill and experience has had a profound effect on Foden’s development and for the remainder of his time at the club, the youngsters at Manchester City should look to take advantage of his knowledge and experience.
No Zinchenko… Again.
The Ukrainian was a key member of Manchester City’s record-breaking ‘Fourmidable’ side however, this season Zinchenko has rarely featured.
Benjamin Mendy has mostly been playing well since his return from injury and Angelino is preferred to Zinchenko despite his flaws, begging the question: What’s next for Zinchenko?
Manchester City have looked far more vulnerable defensively when Zinchenko has been playing left-back, and with Angelino ahead of him in the pecking order, it would be unsurprising to see Zinchenko depart the club in the summer transfer window.
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