Whoever thought this Man City squad couldn’t get any better were proved wrong this summer in the transfer window.
Manchester City has come off the back of a season that saw multiple avenues of success. Winning four out of four domestic trophies. Guardiola’s only weakness was European success with Man City.
Many would assume that given a second crack, the Man City squad of last season are good enough to reach the Champions League final. However, with the transfers made this summer, they could go much further in Europe.
Guardiola’s squad had arguably only two weaknesses, right-back and central-defensive midfield. With Kyle Walker losing a yard of pace but becoming more defensively experienced, he is being favoured at centre-back. Fernandinho was relied on as the rock of the defensive midfield. However, at 34 years of age with no competition for his spot, there was cause for concern.
To patch up the holes in his squad, Guardiola in typical Man City fashion has brought in two of Europe’s most elite footballers. Here are the three major factors of City’s transfer window that put the club in good stead for the future…
Joao Cancelo is Man City’s new right-back. The 25-year-old was a starter in a very successful Juventus side, as well as winning UEFA Nations League with Portugal. Guardiola has brought in an exciting talent who knows what it takes to win.
A slightly different character was brought in to replace Fernandinho. Rodri was bought from Atletico Madrid for £62million and has been in favour since proving his talent in pre-season. Rodri is a player, unlike Cancelo, who was not a ‘top dog’ in his previous league. However, bringing in a mix of champions and those who seek that title, will keep a healthy and hungry balance within the squad.
Living in the present and future, not the past
Young players such as Philippe Sandler have been given loan opportunities, demonstrating their hunger to provide a solid future for the club. Players who are deemed surplus to requirements such as Fabian Delph, Danilo and Douglas Luiz have been offloaded from the squad. This allows the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko to make more game time this season.
The Blues have gotten off to a good start this season by winning the Community Shield. And with the fantastic and intelligent transfer business in this window, it may be the start of their collection of trophies this season.