Manchester City has permitted Eliaquim Mangala to leave on a free, now is the chance for the youth to step up.
Mangala joined Man City in 2014 from Porto for £42million. Since, he encountered two loans, one year with Valencia and six months with Everton. The Frenchman has made 79 appearances for the Citizens but failed to prove himself as the number one defensive rock in the side.
It’s understood that Pep Guardiola does not see Mangala as part of his plans. The 28 year-old, who has only eight caps for France, will leave the club for free this summer, despite his contract running out next year.
Man City are currently on their tour of Asia, and Mangala has been left at home.
There will now be a vacancy in the substitute defender spot. This is the perfect opportunity for Man City’s youth to step up to plate and get some game time under their belts.
Here are two young blue defenders who we could see feature heavily over the next few seasons…
Tosin, 21, had a season-long loan in the Championship last season. He made 29 appearances, 21 of which he started. In an interview with The Times in May, Tosin said: “I decided to stay (at City) and try to fight for a place and Phil has done the same and it’s going well for him.”
Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe also spent a last season in the Championship. He returned looking like a more established defender. The same could be said for Tosin Adarabioyo, as a young defender playing in the Championship will be up against high-intensity football and a high level of physicality. He is clearly keen to make a mark on the Man City squad, and only time will tell if he lives up to it.
Sandler, 22, is set to spend a season with ex-blue and Etihad hero Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht. According to MEN, Kompany has acted as a mentor to Sandler over the past 12 months. Upon his return, Guardiola will hope to implement the Dutchman into the squad. It is evident that Sandler is Man City’s long term plan to have a defender as prolific as Kompany, hence the mentoring.