The Brazilian left back has been linked to the club in recent times, with new reports from Juventus news outlets that he is ‘enthralled’ at the chance of playing for the club, and in particular playing under the management of Pep Guardiola.

Although this isn’t great news for the Italian club, the Juventus news is positive, with reports suggesting former Chelsea full-back Filipe Luis has been identified as a replacement. They will certainly have enough money to purchase the player, as the report also states that City would be willing to pay more than £59 million for the player.

With neither Aleksandar Kolarov or Gael Clichy getting any younger, it’s time for the manager to go out and find a solution for the future, and I believe Alex Sandro is that. Looking at all the stats it seems the youngster (young in comparison) is far superior to City’s current options. However, I’ve compared the players using stats from their respective leagues, you could say it’s an unfair comparison, but it’s the best we can make.

The only problem I seem to have found with the Juventus player is his discipline record, with the player averaging 1.7 fouls and 0.2 yellow cards per 90 minutes. Although this might seem puny, compared to Gael Clichy’s squeaky clean record of 0.42 fouls and 0.09 yellow cards respectively, it can be considered quite an increase.

The strength of the player is his dribbling and crossing abilities, with his stats in these areas blowing the other fullbacks out of the water.

(Per 90 minutes) Gael Clichy Aleksandar Kolarov Alex Sandro Bacary Sagna Pablo Zabaleta
Chances created 0.60 0.52 1.86 0.55 0.78
Successful take ons 0.32 0.81 1.94 0.20 0.70
Assists 0 0.04 0.16 0.07 0.09

With City struggling to get goals from their fullbacks this season and poor deliveries in the final third from the players, this is something he could add to City’s game. To make it even easier I’ve added in the right backs/wingbacks as well, just so it makes an even better comparison. As you can see from the table, the current City fullbacks fail in comparison.

Although you might be screaming at your screen saying these are only offensive stats, you’re right if a defender can’t defend then he’s not much use. However, it’s quite hard to compile the full list of defensive stats so I’ve left that to Squawka’s ‘defensive score rating’ which takes into account all the players defensive stats and give you one figure and these are as followed.

  • 1) Alex Sandro – 14.82
  • 2) Aleksandar Kolarov – 13.33
  • 3) Bacary Sagna – 11.75
  • 4) Gael Clichy – 11.58
  • 5) Pablo Zabaleta – 10.6