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Manchester City Eyeing A Move For This Brighton Full-Back: What Will He Add To Pep’s Side?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail stated that Manchester City are eyeing a move for Brighton and Hove Albion full-back Marc Cucurella. It is believed that Pep Guardiola has identified the Spanish talent as an ideal solution for his left-back problem at Man City.

Cucurella’s Impressive Run Of Form In English Football

Cucurella is experiencing a solid campaign at the American Express Community Stadium as he has been responsible for performing at a high level on the left side of Graham Potter’s backline. The Spaniard has been involved in 37 matches for the Seagulls this season, netting one goal and grabbing two assists across all competitions.

The 23-year-old has proven himself to be one of the most reliable performers of Brighton’s first XI by averaging 2.7 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.8 clearances, 1.2 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from the left flank, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 82.2% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Marc Cucurella of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on April 30, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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What Will Cucurella Add To Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola’s Team?

Cucurella is a decent defender at the back as he can time his tackles well to earn the ball back for his team. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed but is also proficient at playing his way out from the back.

The Spanish sensation can make a few clever runs with the ball down the left flank and loves to set up some decent opportunities for his teammates in the final third.

A left-back of Cucurella’s quality will be a decent acquisition for Man City. The Brighton star is good enough to rival Oleksandr Zinchenko for a regular starting spot at the Etihad Stadium in the coming seasons.

Therefore, it makes sense for the Mancunian giants to go all out to acquire the services of the Spanish full-back during this summer transfer period. At 23, Cucurella will only get better with each season. Plus, Pep Guardiola could be the ideal man to unlock the best out of him as long as the player can make a smooth transition to his brand of football at Manchester.

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