Oleksandr Zinchenko has picked up two yellow cards this season from just two fouls, so how does that compare to his time at Manchester City?
I was surprised to see that both of Oleksandr Zinchenko’s fouls in an Arsenal shirt in the Premier league had resulted in a yellow card, particularly as I couldn’t actually remember either of them.
‘Wow’, I thought, ‘he must be really bad at tackling’. Actually, that wasn’t my first thought at all, but you’ll all just laugh at my tinfoil hat if I tell you what it really was.
Let’s just say, I didn’t need less tinfoil after looking at his stats when he was a Manchester City player.
Zinchenko began his youth career with the Shakhtar Donetsk academy before moving to Russia to join FC Ufa in 2015. He made his professional debut for Ufa in 2016 and quickly impressed with his performances. This earned him a move to Manchester City in 2016 for a reported fee of £1.7 million.
Zinchenko initially struggled for playing time under City manager Pep Guardiola but gradually established himself as a key member of the squad, providing cover at left-back and also featuring in midfield.
He played a vital role in City’s title-winning campaign in the 2018-19 season, making 14 league appearances.
Over the course of six seasons with City, Zinchenko played 76 times in the Premier League.
In that time, he picked up just four yellows (two in the same game) from 55 fouls.