Oleksandr Zinchenko

Discussion in 'Player Performances' started by WallyA, 14 May 2017.

  1. Neville Kneville

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    The question is whether his fitness can actually improve, or whether what we see, is what he is.

    It was his weakness as centre mid last season & currently, he is absolutely nowhere near fit enough to play as a Gurdiola left back. He isn't actually fit enough to play centre mid either, for 90 mins.

    I was expecting a big improvement in that regard, after training with City rather than PSV. Can't see any improvement at all on that showing.

    No question re ability imo, it's all down to fitness.
     
  2. Neville Kneville

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    Here is Zinchenko playing in his correct position.

    As you can see, he is rather better than the Steven Jordan impersonator we saw last night.

     
  3. mavsmcfc

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    But Mangala had many many games for us. This is Zinchenko’s first ever game for us with a mash-up team. Surely he deserves more chances to prove his worth imo.
     
  4. Gabriel

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    Of course he does, but we live in a society of instant judgement and immediate gratification. Some fans no longer seem to have the patience to see a player develop and blossom, so they'll write them off prematurely and look for the next fix.
     
  5. BigOscar

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    Or some fans can see someone isn't quick enough to be a leftback pretty easily and point out that that will forever be a problem that prevents him ever being any good there, as would his almost impressive lack of stamina.

    If we want a youth player to play leftback who can attack but can't defend and is just a bit short of pace, that's Angelino, not Zinchenko.

    Zinchenko might be able to do a job in midfield, it's too early to say otherwise (although he will have to do something better than just "tidy"), but I don't think it's at all premature to completely write him off as a leftback as he just doesn't have the physically attributes to play there and never will. It's an athletic position and he seems a pretty poor athlete.
     
  6. mosssideblue

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    Summed up beautifully
     
  7. quiet_riot

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    Unfortunately this is exactly right. It's also the reason we don't see many youths come through, owners and managers too dependent on instant success. Hopefully we can start to break that mould.
     
  8. City_Sean

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    Spot on, he was blowing out of his arse after twenty minutes. Issue is game time is the best way to improve his fitness and he’s not likely to get much of that.
     
  9. blue_paul

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    Excellent analysis.
     
  10. Dax777

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    Then again, some fans thought Delph couldn't play LB either. So forgive us if we don't take their word for it. Time will tell. His fitness will improve and his confidence will grow.

    And then some will claim he got faster... When in fact he was never slow :)
     

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