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Peter Crouch says Joao Cancelo is as important to Man City as Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne

Peter Crouch believes Joao Cancelo is as important to Manchester City as Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne.

Haaland has gotten off to a flying start at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 15 Premier League goals in just nine games, while De Bruyne has registered nine assists in the top flight this season.

The two have already forged a deadly partnership and are widely regarded as City’s standout players, but Crouch believes Cancelo has an equally crucial role to play in Pep Guardiola’s side.

“I would consider him as important as De Bruyne or Haaland. He has such a huge impact on the game,” Crouch told BT Sport on Tuesday.

Cancelo has played mostly at left-back this season, but has also made a few moves to the right to fill in for the injured Kyle Walker.

Colleague Crouch Owen Hargreaves claimed the Portuguese defender’s versatility gives him an advantage over other full-backs such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James.

“He’s probably not getting the recognition he deserves. This guy can play right-back, he can play left-back and you can argue he’s one of the best in the world at both positions,” Hargreaves said.

“He’s the only one you could say about it. Trent couldn’t play at left-back, Reece couldn’t play at left-back. He plays like a number 10, but he’s a full-back.

Trying to stop Haaland and De Bruyne has been a headache for opposition managers in the opening weeks of the season.

Hargreaves and Joleon Lescott now feel the teams need to figure out how to keep Cancelo calm as well given his outside threat.

“I think if he’s English he’ll get more recognition, we’ll emphasize that more,” Lescott added.

“I think teams now have to pick their opposing winger to fight him. Similar to Ashley Cole.

“I had to do that in the Champions League final. You had to realize that Ash was a threat. They must have a game plan for him (Cancelo), he’s that good,” Hargreaves agreed.

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