Around one year ago, Manchester City's Angelino completed his move to PSV Eindhoven for a bargain fee in the region of £5m.

Considering the talent of the player involved, as well as his youthful age and his fairly high ceiling, the Dutch club were securing a discount deal at the time. However, the underlying reason for such a reduced fee being accepted, related to a clause that the English champions had included in the move.

Having been aware of his quality, City incorporated a buy-back clause for a fee of around £5million to ensure that a safety net compensated the risk of selling him.

And good job they did as now the Manchester club could activate the clause after just one season, which would force the Spanish full-back to move back to England, amidst supposed interest from PSG.

 

But how did the player develop so significantly in the 2018/19 campaign?

Angelino played 3860 club minutes this season for PSV, having made 43 appearances in three different competitions. The Dutch side used a variety of formations, but a back four was always present, with 4-2-3-1 being the most prominent having been deployed roughly 74 per cent of the time.

As a left-back, Angelino has demonstrated a modern profile by being able to contribute effectively to both the defensive and offensive side of the game. The domestic football in Holland is far from the standard witnessed in England, but nevertheless, his output has been impressive.

 

Angelino's defensive duel success rate this season is marginally better than Benjamin Mendy's , Oleksandr Zinchenko's and Fabian Delph's, all of whom have operated as a left-back under Pep Guardiola at one time or another. The Spanish defender also averages more interceptions per 90 minutes this season than the trio, although that may stem from the stylistic differences between PSV and City.

Offensively, though, is where Angelino appears to shine, as he's mobile and attack-minded. This season, he scored once and amassed an impressive 12 assists in all competitions, which is significant figure for a defender.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Angelino of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV v Heracles Almelo at the Philips Stadium on May 15, 2019 in Eindhoven Netherlands (Photo by Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Also, 10 of those assists came in the Eredivisie, which resulted in the Spaniard finishing joint 6th in the table for assisting goals, behind only attackers in the division. The nearest defender to Angelino in the table had just seven assists, and interestingly, he also played for PSV - Denzel Dumfries.

The majority of Angelino's assists came from crosses, with the 22 year-old averaging around 6.8 per 90, a figure that was bettered by only Dusan Tadic with 6.95, based on players to have played at least 1500 minutes.

The full-back appeared to benefit from the presence of Luuk de Jong in the penalty box, as the Dutchman notched 28 league goals this season, with 13 of those scored with his head. That headed goals figure of 13 is more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues, and it offers an insight into how suitable Angelino's profile is when he's feeding a physical presence.

As well as offering a crossing threat, Angelino was also a fairly active dribbler, attempting 3.47 per 90, which is more than a typical full-back. For context, that average is greater than those posted by Mendy, Danilo, Zinchenko, Delph, Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva .

Ultimately, Angelino has always demonstrated promise, but given the demand to win showcased by City and Guardiola, it made sense to allow the full-back to develop elsewhere. By doing so, the player would grow whilst another team suffers from his immature defects.