Matheus Nunes, a midfielder for Manchester City, has to work on one particular aspect of his game, according to Pep Guardiola.
Due to his back surgery recovery, the Spaniard missed City’s last two Premier League games.
The City manager has spoken about one player who is hoping to make his club debut this weekend now that the 52-year-old is back in his customary place.
Prior to City’s forthcoming Premier League encounter against West Ham United, he made these comments during his most recent press conference.
With his physicality, he added, “We can play in the holding midfielder, attacking midfielder, and full back.
“He needs to work on his initial touch and contact. Try to handle the ball like Kevin [De Bruyne], he’s unmatched. His vigor and balls in his most recent games at winger. Finding the quality is quite challenging. Dribble for 10, 15, or 20 meters.
“He will have the ability to be more exact in simple tasks, thanks to the way we coach him. He possesses the crucial attributes that managers cannot change.
The last summer transfer window came to an end with the treble winners signing Nunes from Wolves in a deal for £53 million.
The 25-year-old, who did not play in the 5-1 victory over Fulham earlier this month, may get the chance to make his City debut in the match scheduled for tomorrow at the London Stadium.
The midfielder, who has to improve on his first touch, mishandled the ball 41 times in total during his previous Premier League season with Wolves. Only three other players at the Midlands club had more miscontrols.
In the Premier League last year, only two City players mishandled the ball more frequently than Nunes did.
If the Portuguese international can improve this aspect of his game going forward, the club will finally offer him the chance to play and demonstrate his abilities and the reasons they were right to sign him in the first place.