Manchester City left-back Angelino will spend the rest of the 2019/20 season on loan at RB Leipzig. - © getty images
Manchester City left-back Angelino will spend the rest of the 2019/20 season on loan at RB Leipzig. - © getty images
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Angelino: Who is the Manchester City and Spain U21 left-back on loan at RB Leipzig?

Marcel Halstenberg has competition on the left-hand side of the RB Leipzig defence following the arrival of Manchester City-owned Angelino. bundesliga.com has the skinny on one of Europe’s most creative young full-backs…

Angelino

Age: 23
Club: RB Leipzig (on loan from Man City)
Position: Left-back
Country: Spain (two U21 caps)

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After a six-year stint in the Deportivo La Coruna youth ranks in his native Spain, Angelino moved to Man City at the age of 16. He played for the club’s U18s and U23 teams, and enjoyed a productive stint in the US with New York City FC, before making his senior debut for his parent club in the 2015/16 FA Cup third round. Further outings in the UEFA Champions League and English League Cup were followed by loan spells in Spain with Girona and Real Mallorca, and Holland with NAC Breda, where he won four 2017/18 Rookie of the Month awards.

Angelino (1st.r) scored three times for NAC Breda, including this rocket of a free-kick. - imago

Angelino went up a gear after signing a permanent deal with PSV Eindhoven in summer 2019, playing in all 34 of the Dutch giants’ Eredivisie outings and their six Champions League group assignments against Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur. He had a direct hand in 13 goals in all competitions - three more than during his career-shaping stay with Breda - as PSV finished runners-up behind Ajax.

Man City were so impressed they exercised a buy-back option on Angelino. He turned out 15 times for the Citizens during the first half of 2019/20, making his Premier League debut and chipping in with three assists in 15 outings at home and abroad. Leipzig have the option to purchase the former Spain U17 and current U21 international when his six-month loan at the Red Bull Arena expires in the summer. He has a FIFA 20 rating of 78, with a potential of 83.

Plays a bit like: Juan Bernat

Angelino is a tenacious defender, but an even more spirited attacker, who’s at his best in the final third. He loves a cross and has the assist count to show for it; if you didn’t know anything about the guy you’d be forgiven for thinking he was related to Paris Saint-Germain, Spain and former Bayern Munich left-back, Juan Bernat.

Did you know?

Angelino’s career-best 10 assists of 2018/19 put him level fourth in the Eredivisie-wide rankings. Only Hakim Ziyech (15), Steven Berghuis (13), Steven Bergwijn, Martin Odegard, Nasser El Khayati and Dusan Tadic (12) - all attacking players - provided more.

Angelino was an ever-present on the left-hand side of the PSV Eindhoven defence in 2018/19. - getty images

What they're saying

"Angelino is a hugely talented young player and is an accomplished defender with great potential." – Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain

"We brought him back because he did an incredible job at Eindhoven." - Pep Guardiola on Man City’s decision to re-sign Angelino from PSV