According to reports from Daily mail (via O Bola) Manchester City really like the feel of Sporting CP Nuno Mendes. As previously stated, “conversations” between Pep Guardiola’s two teams have already started and citizens want to go further by making a formal offer around the “£ 52million” mark.
It was a wonderful rise for Nuno Mendes to make his professional debut in a 1-0 win over Paços de Ferreira to solidify a starting place under Rúben Amorim and become an integral part of the Sporting squad that ended. to the long awaited 19. – a one-year league title rocked the Lisbon-based outfit.
Crossing the ranks Mendes was not a full back but rather an attacking player, Sporting coaches decided to convert him to a left-back and it paid dividends as the player rose through the ranks to become the youngest. player since Cristiano Ronaldo. to start for Sporting and then to make their senior international debut for Portugal in the 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan.
The Leões have the best defense in the league this season, conceding just 19 times the entire campaign, and Mendes has been a crucial part of that defense.
His consistency and impressive performances have certainly caught the attention of European giants like Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United, all vying for his signing. He is considered the next generational Portuguese talent and revered as Portugal’s best attacking full-back since Alex Telles left for Man united.
He has made 29 appearances this quarter scoring 1 and preparing for an assist. These numbers aren’t attractive, but they overshadow his quality and don’t accurately reflect the type of player he is and what he brings to the table. He is more of a creative and flair player who is very solid defensively.
It’s a deadly combination of speed, explosive movement and close control that gives his team a leg up when it comes to launching counterattacks. He is finishing 1.5 dribble and 1.1 key passes per game. Modern full-backs do a lot of dribbling, but that number of key passes is very rare, and he’s not their primary set-piece shooter either, as he has excellent crossover ability and chance-creating skills. . This ability to create goal-setting situations also comes from the fact that he played as a 10 at the start of Sporting’s academy and then changed the profession.
He currently averages 37.1 successful 90 passes, 1.4 crosses and 1.6 accurate long balls per game. As most of Sporting’s attacks come from the flanks or half-spaces, he plays a very important role.
It suits him to play the left-back role in Amorim’s 3-4-3 system. It offers them breadth, frankness and explosiveness. He has the ability to take on a few opposition players and has the physical prowess to hold the markers too.
Mendes’ best trait that sets him apart from the rest and makes him special is his ball progression ability, he is very successful at advancing the ball to the last third and creating quality scoring chances by combining his dribbling and its linking game. He’s strong in 1v1 situations and good at holding possession, which helps create overload situations for his team.
His defensive performance is also excellent on average 3.8 tackles and interceptions per game. Standing at 5’7, he doesn’t have that aerial advantage, but he’s competing for 1.2 90s successful aerial duels that are massive for someone his size. His confidence, defensive awareness, and focus far exceed his age.
Should Man City go for Nuno Mendes?
As we know it Man city looking to get rid of their beloved signing Benjamin Mendy, the move didn’t work for them. So, maybe they will need a quality replacement. At Mendes they will get a prodigy who has decent experience at senior level at such a young age, Guardiola can certainly do wonders with him and make him a future star.
His styling and measurements remind me of another Portuguese player whose stock has grown in leaps and bounds this season, none other than Joao Cancelo who is often played as full-back Pep Guardiola. Cancelo functions more as a creative midfielder / winger than a full-back and his pace helps him contribute defensively as well.
It will be interesting to follow up on this transfer, let us know your thoughts in the comments below and in the forums section.