Manuel Pellegrini certainly seems to have a policy when it comes to rotating his two Manchester City left-backs Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov.
For the majority of away games and those at the Etihad against the toughest opposition, he largely prefers the greater defensive dependency and positioning of Clichy.
But for fixtures when they are certain to spend more time on the front foot, Kolarov’s greater attacking impetus is preferred.
After all, in the last six completed seasons, Clichy has only registered ten Premier League assists, which isn’t many for a full-back in a title-chasing team, especially one that spends so much time in possession.
A better defender than Kolarov who also has more attacking talent than Clichy would certainly not go amiss at Man City and in Layvin Kurzawa they may have found their man.
See below how the Monaco left-back ranks against the Man City pair in a range of important statistics. Equally as important is that he is seven years younger than them both at the age of 22.
Speculation is that Kurzawa was invited by Man City to watch their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, but an announcement on Twitter instead highlighted that he viewed the game on television instead.
The fact that Monaco’s win rate goes up by 12 per cent with Kurzawa is significant and the stats highlight that not only is the French international a better defender than Kolarov, he also contributes more in attack.
He sends over more crosses than Kolarov, plays more key passes in attacking moves and has registered more goal assists.
It is 1/2 that Kurzawa joins Man City in January and given that he is currently nursing an injury picked up when representing France that could keep him out until 2015, he should have ample time to watch more games involving the Citizens before making his mind up.