When Tete left the field at Villa Park last month, City fans, draped in the Brazilian flag, were incredibly excited at their newest acquisition. The wide man netted after a trademark run in behind, and was enthusiastic in possession, running at defenders and cutting inside to shoot.
That confidence and exuberance appears to have drained in the space of three matches, in spite of the 4-1 win over Tottenham that immediately followed. The Brazilian now seems reluctant to cut inside onto his left foot, rather opting to run to the byeline where he gets shuffled away from goal by defences.
There are also concerns defensively, with Saturday’s fixture highlighting his weakness in the tackle and inability at times to get his elbows out to keep possession. Tete was semi-fortunate that Harvey Barnes picked up an injury, otherwise it could possibly have been him that was sacrificed for Dennis Praet at the interval.
Barnes picked up an ankle injury in the tackle that saw him carded, with the half of football that preceded his substitution an incredibly frustrating and uninspiring experience for the match going supporter.