Ever since Pep’s arrival this Summer there has been a huge emphasis on youth, and with recent transfer news there looks to be no change.
Besides the signings of Claudio Bravo (33) and Nolito (30), all of City’s Summer signings have been under the age of 25.
City isn’t the only European side interested in the Mexican star, however, FC Porto have reportedly shown interest in the dynamic midfielder’s signature.
It’s fair enough stating City’s interest, but who is Pineda? What do we know about him? What can we expect if City sign him? I spoke to Oliver Duxbury(@FRfutbolOlly), a Liga MX football writer, and CD Guadalajara analyst.
What are your thoughts on Pineda’s start to the Liga MX season?
Their [Guadalajara’s] player of the season so far. The club had high hopes for him anyway to be the breakout player after signing him from Queretaro, and he’s surpassed them comfortably.
What type of player is Pineda?
He’s the playmaker; he plays as a deep-lying playmaker. His passing and pace are probably his two biggest strengths, some times he just glides through the midfield is a joy to watch really.
Is he a ready fit for the Premier League?
Not quite yet, but maybe one more year and he would be. The mental side of his game is superb; he just sees things quicker than the opponents.
Does he have a place in the current City side?
Not in the starting XI but as back up I’d say so. He’d be very good depth and I’d like to think he would be a better choice in the midfield than a fit Fabian Delph.
Do you believe he is a ‘typical Pep player’?
To an extent yes. He’s nimble, quick, agile, passes well and at 20 can still be shaped into a quality midfielder. His mentality seems to be right so he could go far.
What, if any weaknesses does he have?
He does have one significant weakness, which would affect him in the Premier League and that is that he is physically feeble. He gets away with it in Mexico, but if he does move in January and plays a few games, his weakness would be exposed, rather quickly as well.