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Oleksandr Zinchenko’s excellent Champions League performance must leave Wolves frustrated

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Oleksandr Zinchenko’s excellent Champions League performance must leave Wolves frustrated

Wolves had a bid accepted for the player in the summer but he decided to remain.

Manchester City look irresistible at the moment. Pep Guardiola’s side made it six wins in a row against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last night. The 6-0 win takes their winning streak record to an incredible 23 goals scored and one conceded … congratulations Danny Ings.

The fact that City played a so-called weakened side against the Ukrainians did not seem to stop their rampage.

One player who impressed on a rare start was Oleksandr Zinchenko. Playing against a side where he spent five years as a child before moving to Russia, he took his chance to shine.

He was brilliant defensively but also going forward, often drifting centrally in a way Guardiola tried to first encourage his full-backs when he arrived in England.

Manchester City’s Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko looks on during a press conference of Manchester City at the Metallist stadium in Kharkiv on October 22, 2018 on the eve of the UEFA Champion League Group F football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City. (Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

It might have been a sickener for Wolverhampton Wanderers fans to observe.

 

Zinchenko could have joined Wolves this summer. It was reported by the Express and Star that the talented and versatile player rejected a move to Wolves in August. A £16 million fee had been agreed but he felt it was time to remain at City and fight for first-team football.

Wolves are happy with their current left-wing-back, Jonny Otto has been in fine form. But Zinchenko can play in a number of positions and Jonny can also play from the right. It means Zinchenko could easily have been a starter at Molineux.

It was, however, just his fourth appearance of the season and he must wonder if he would be better off playing weekly at Wolves. But it is a testament to the youngster’s courage and conviction and a performance like this must leave Guardiola thinking. Based on this display, he looks a top talent and one Wolves will be disappointed not to have secured in the summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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