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Morrison: ‘Cancelo offers a different dimension’

Morrison: ‘Cancelo offers a different dimension’
Former skipper Andy Morrison believes Joao Cancelo gives City many more attacking options.

The Portuguese full-back was instrumental in the 5-0 win over West Brom and he added another assist to his tally against the Baggies as well as scoring a delightful – if not controversial – goal to put City in the driving seat at The Hawthorns.

Morrison captained City to the 1998/99 play-off final, earning cult status among the supporters.

Now manager of Welsh side Connah’s Quay, he was appearing on last night’s We’re Not Really Here alongside former team-mate Shaun Goater.

“He’s shown he has the ability to get past a player in the final third, adding a different dimension to Kyle Walker going forward,” said Morrison.

“He can step past a player. I’m always respectful but Cancelo has gone from a defensive minded player to evolve into something else.

“We’re now talking about him as one of our most exciting forward players.

“Further up the pitch, he almost becomes a winger. He gives real quality in the final third.

“It’s hard to play against him because you’re trying to stop the likes of Sterling and Mahrez, and then he comes along, too.

“The finish was so good. It was so relaxed the way he curled it into the top corner.”

Goater agreed that Cancelo is rapidly becoming indispensable to Pep Guardiola.

He said: “Cancelo started off slow, but he’s really coming to form, whether he plays left back or right back or even pushing into midfield.

“The intelligence and creativity in the final third is impressive. He is another player that has been consistent.

“He understood the importance of a win at West Brom and put in another, really impressive performance.

“The pass he pulled out for Gundogan was absolutely brilliant and the way he took his goal was sublime.”

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