Trio That Can Bring Much Needed Strength to Manchester City Squad

Mathaeus Abuwa
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Since taking over reins of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has spent €457million on transfers. Money doesn’t always guarantee results, but for the Spaniard, money has helped him shape an almost perfect fighting machine.

Manchester City currently sit atop the Premier League table, unbeaten and are playing the most attractive football in all of Europe. However, there is no perfect team in football as tiny adjustments can always be made. The January transfer window is just around the corner, and it’s the best time to strengthen City’s title challenge.

Here are three players Manchester City should sign in January.

3Sami Khedira

Sami Khedira Manchester City

The secret to most title-winning teams is deep squad depth. When one player gets injured, another step in and does just as good a job. Fernandinho is the anchor in City’s midfield that allows the front five to roam free and score all the goals they do. But the day he gets injured, Pep only has Yaya Toure to rely on. And it’s pretty clear that the Ivorian doesn’t have the sufficient defensive work rate Guardiola requires from him.

Sami Khedira is the perfect type of Pep Guardiola player. He’s versatile, energetic, intelligent, connects well with others and covers a lot of ground in both defence and attack. As a squad player, Khedira would be flawless as a bench option; he’d improve their defensive solidity and ability to see out games.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Given your comments with regards to Stones and Otamendi, it’s hard to take any of the article even seriously. Only compounded by naming a defender and an attacker that we’ve been in for both previously. Poor.

  2. So what exactly happened to the entirely reasonable and courteous post I placed questioning the integrity of your article.
    It seems to have disappeared.
    Your web pages are now blocked.
    A small blow for freedon of polite expression I know, but it empowers me !

    • Hi Alphie, we dont block people commenting on our site. Obviously, they are here for a reason. I tried to reach out to you through email but your given email was incorrect.

      Now, coming back to point under discussion, please go through Pep’s business detail in the transfer market. For your convenience, I am providing the link
      https://www.transfermarkt.com/pep-guardiola/spielertransfers/trainer/5672/plus/1?station_id=128184

      He has purchased 17 players while you could name only 9. Obviously, you can still point out the fee earned by selling the players, but that wasn’t a point here.
      Please check and provide your feedback.

      • Thebottom 46players on the list of 17 were not brought in for the City 1st team squad, they are development players costing a totalof £25m, half of which was for the impressive young Brazilian DMF Douglas Luiz, currently at Girona in La Liga.

        Yes I missed out Stones and Nolito, the latter who came and went in a season re-couping the cost.

        Why do I doubt your motives? Well for a start any wannabe journo who writes an article about City that commences with money, and is all about spending more money is just climbing on a tired old band wagon, the “you can’t buy success” band wagon that is currently turning into the “you have bought success” band wagon.

        And yes, I have spotted that you chose to use Euro’s for your headline figure. For information we use the £sterling.

        To update the erronious numbers in my earlier post, the net figure (cost of 11 incoming first team players minus the receipts for outgoing players) comes to circa £210m (sterling) over two seasons. Value of the 9 players remaining at the club at current rates? Probably around double that! I fully realise that the net figure wasn’t the point of your article, but the net figure is the honest but less attention grabbing truth of Pep’s achievement in transforming an ageing, fading squad into one of the best and most attactive footballing club sides in the world .

        The fact that this has been done within a culture of sustainable, profitable business management should be the story – but not the story you are pushing.

        You clearly know little about Pep Guardiola a man who you only turn down once. He will not return for Laporte, an excellent player who procrastinated to the last minute before turning him down in the first of Pep’s transfer windows. He may return for Sanchez a player who enthusiastically said yes but fell foul of the intemperate Arsene Wenger and his incompetent side kicks who agreed the transfer and then backed out when they discovered that the replacement they wanted didn’t actually want to go to Arsenal. What a shame they didn’t think to ask that question before!

        I’ve had my – your pages are now blocked. You are in good company along with Tribal Football and Talk$h1te!!

        • You point of view is respected and welcome. You are very good in analysis and we are ready to publish your ideas in the form of an article/opinion piece if you wish so.

        • Sorry that my initial maths were wrong, but the fact is, Pep Guardiola has spent over £400million since arriving. We’re not talking about net spend, we’re looking at what’s been spent. Opinions and narratives can be argued, but the figures don’t lie.

  3. I think I’ll keepposting this until you get bored with blocking me.
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    Please evidence the following?
    “Since taking over reins of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has spent £462million on transfers.”

    By my math:
    Jesus – £28m
    Sane – £40m
    Bernardo – £43m
    Danilo – £26m
    Walker – £49m
    Mendy – £50m
    Edenson – 26m
    Bravo £16m
    Gundogan – £18m

    Who have I forgotten, Sterling was before Pep came, so was DeBruyne?

    The above comes to around £300m during which time City have recouped around £140m in players fees leaving the club

    So the net outlay is around £160m by my reckoning and three consecutive years of profit for the club and no debt, evidenced by the accounts.

    Of course you can ignore facts when they don’t match your agenda can’t you!
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    OK your call?

  4. Please evidence the following?
    “Since taking over reins of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has spent £462million on transfers.”

    By my math:
    Jesus – £28m
    Sane – £40m
    Bernardo – £43m
    Danilo – £26m
    Walker – £49m
    Mendy – £50m
    Edenson – 26m
    Bravo £16m
    Gundogan – £18m

    Who have I forgotten, Sterling was before Pep came, so was DeBruyne?

    The above comes to around £300m during which time City have recouped around £140m in players fees leaving the club

    So the net outlay is around £160m by my reckoning and three consecutive years of profit for the club and no debt, evidenced by the accounts.

    Of course you can ignore facts when they don’t match your agenda can’t you!

  5. ‘Hi Alphie, we dont block people commenting on our site’

    That’s good to know, I’m not Alphie but my perfectly legitimate comment was blocked earlier also, so it seems you do.

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