If you’ve been wondering why City haven’t been firing on cylinders over the last few games, the absence of a certain Belgian may tell you the answer.
Kevin De Bruyne’s injury sustained during pre-season training has meant the champions have lacked their usual creativity over the first few games, this was highlighted at it’s greatest, in games against Wolves and Newcastle before we broke up for the International break.
With KDB out till November, it means that another of Guardiola’s mega bucks players will have to do the damage.
With a squad as good as City’s, there really is no excuse.
The question is: Which of City’s stars will help fill the void that De Bruyne’s left to defeat Fulham?
At this moment in the time, Bernardo is arguably City’s best player on form. The impression he has made from the word go has been impressive. In a more central role, Bernardo has the quality to replicate De Bruyne, certainly going forward.
He can pick a pass, play a great through ball and as City will enjoy nearly all the ball against Fulham, it’s vital Bernardo can unlock the door and break down the inevitable Fulham wall.
Getting The Portuguese in the central areas could be hugely important for City.
Out wide we didn’t see Silva at his best.
He can flourish as much as anybody in the middle of the park.
Another international break has just passed where the media have moaned at our lack of attacking talent – Foden can buck the trend in this department. The task of the eighteen-year-old is very straightforward, he needs to impress when given game time.
This could be a problem for the young Englishman however.
At the moment Foden just can’t get a game for this City side. One hopes Foden won’t just become a squad player who competes in the Carabao and The FA Cups, it’s the aim of all associated with Manchester City that Foden makes it through to the first team.
With De Bruyne on the sideline, why not take a risk and give Foden a go.
Look what happened to Marcus Rashford!