Nolito could make difference for City against United in the derby

Date published: Wednesday 7th September 2016 2:08

Nolito: Could switch to central striking role

Nolito: Could switch to central striking role

At Man City, Nolito, under his old boss Pep Guardiola has enjoyed an impressive beginning.

This weekend the Manchester derby will see a clash of football superstars, but Nolito could make all the difference.

Nolito was signed during the summer transfer window and since he has thrived under his former boss.

There have been 155 minutes of Premier League football and Nolito already has two goals and an assist to his name. In the opening weeks of the season, Nolito has shown that he is an effective forward.

In the two seasons that he was with Celta Vigo, he scored 25 goals and had 20 assists before his £14m transfer to Manchester City.

Nolito was able to strike twice at Stoke when he made the cut inside from side and he teamed up with Sterling against West Ham for an early opener.

Nolito, who is 5ft 9in, may not appear to be a physical match for Premier League, but whilst many other foreign players are adapting to the league, Nolito has found himself in a familiar spot under a familiar manager.

Guardiola requires and produces a certain type of player and Nolito fits into this role well according to Guillem Balague, Sky Sports Spanish football expert.

Nolito plays on the left hand side of the attack and he is already familiar with this system because of his time with Barcelona. He already knows when he should go, when he should dribble, when he should press and when he should make a cross. This is not new to him.

Nolito was promoted from Luis Enrique’s Barcelona B team in 2010 where he then had his first debut at the Nou Camp. He then worked with Luis Enrique again at Celta Vigo in 2013/14, which was his best goal-scoring season so far. Instead of making a return to Barcelona, Nolito chose to join the Guardiola City revolution.

So far things have been looking good for Nolito, who will be experiencing extra pressure as Sergio Aguero is suspended from the derby on Saturday.

However, Nolito has proven time and time again that when the spotlight is on him, he can deliver.

The Manchester derby is set to be an interesting one and it has stepped up a few more notches with the rivalry between Mourinho and Guardiola.

Manchester City and Manchester United are playing this Saturday, 10th September 2016.

Both teams have spent a good deal of money over the transfer window.

Manchester Untied signed Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Manchester City signed John Stones, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Nolito, Claudio Bravo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Marlos Moreno.

With so many big name stars making an appearance this weekend it is surely a match of football titans.

The battle is heating up and it is only a matter of time to see who will be victorious. You are able to find some great odds happening right now at sportsbooks across the Internet. You can try your luck and predict who will walk out victorious at the Manchester derby or perhaps you would like to predict the final score.

Sportsbooks offer different betting options and odds, but if you have never made a wager then you will need to sign up to the sportsbook that offers the best sports betting bonuses, so you can take advantage of free bets for the Manchester Derby.

With so much action taking place right now in the Premier League, you will need a way to keep up to date with all the sporting news, scores and matches.

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