“Not since the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar have I been so enthusiastic about a young player.”
Those were the words of BBC South American football correspondent Tim Vickery around the time that Manchester City signed exciting Colombian winger, Marlos Moreno, from Atlético Nacional in a structured deal worth £8.23 million.
Then a teenager, Moreno was given an official presentation by City’s media team before heading out on loan to La Liga club Deportivo La Coruña for the 2017-18 season with an option for a second year.
Moreno’s first year in Europe has been difficult to say the least, with with ex-Deportivo boss Gaizka Garitano admitting he had struggled to adapt to Spanish football, but had an excellent attitude. Pepe Mel is now coaching Moreno, but despite getting some minutes in the first half of April, he is now seeing precious little game time again.
In total, the 20-year-old has made 20 appearances, playing for a total of 1,019 minutes – 741 in La Liga and 278 in the Copa del Rey. That amounts to little more than 11 full games over the course of a season, not ideal for a player in development like Marlos.
According to Marca, the Galician club will think carefully about whether to use their option to loan Moreno for a second year before deciding. Despite his performances not being as good as club officials had hoped for, he is still seem as a youngster with big potential and the attributes to improve.
City may decide to butt in and relocate Moreno if Deportivo can’t guarantee him more minutes, as more time on the pitch will allow him to develop faster and hopefully fight for a place in Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad in the long run.
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