Angeliño and Pablo Maffeo, Manchester City’s 19-year-old Spanish full-backs, have been the cause of much excitement among supporters. Both are modern full-backs with the ability and stamina to get up and down the pitch, and Maffeo’s performance against Manchester United in the EFL Cup earlier this season, when he performed admirably against Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, led to calls to get him into the first-team.
With four experienced full-backs ahead of them in Pep Guardiola’s thinking, Maffeo and Angeliño were sent on loan to partner club Girona FC in La Liga 2 late in December. Maffeo played 90 minutes in his debut at Real Zaragoza, a 2-0 win, but was then benched and not even used as a substitute in the next game against Córdoba.
Angeliño didn’t play or appear a substitute in either game, not even making the matchday squad. And according to local source Diari de Girona, the Galician has failed to convince Girona boss Pablo Machín during his (very) short spell at the Catalan club. Machín has been so unimpressed by Angeliño that the club are negotiating the transfer of Colombian left-back, Johan Mojica, who is set to arrive from Rayo Vallecano.
This is very bad news for Angeliño, who needs minutes to continue his development, and could find himself on the bench of a Spanish second division side for the remainder of the season. Given the poor strike rate of many loan deals lately, and if this news is accurate, City might be best off hurriedly recalling the 19-year-old and sending him elsewhere.