City player Kyle Walker has revealed how the return of
Benjamin Mendy means he has a different role for Manchester City this season.
The English player was a smash-hit for the Blues last season, more than justifying a transfer fee which now stands at £47million after the Blues’ title victory.
His powerful runs up and down the right flank were a feature of City’s attacks.
He told MEN Sport that Mendy’s return from long-term injury has resulted in a slight tactical tweak from Pep Guardiola .
“My role is a little bit different, where I am tucking in a little bit more and trying to control people,” he said.
“I still have the licence to go forward, but now I’m getting older it’s probably more about picking and choosing my runs, rather than up and down the wings as I was at Tottenham!”
Mendy is a good attacking attribute for the Blues – he already has five assists this season and would have had another had goalkeeper Rui Patricio not kept out Gabriel Jesus’ header.
But his attacking bent leaves City exposed, as we saw at Molineux, where 48 per cent of Wolves’ attacks went down the Blues’ left, and only 32 per cent on the right, which was patrolled by Walker.
It was a clear ploy by Nuno Espirito Santo to exploit the space behind Mendy – and Walker is essential in terms of combatting that.