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Man City fans have spoken and demand Pep play midfielder this weekend

Man City was held to a 2-2 draw at Spurs, and now fans are demanding that one key player feature in the midfield against Bournemouth.

Pep Guardiola is blessed with one of the best midfield selections in European football. With the like of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogen, Rodri and Fernandinho at his disposal.

However, the winger/midfielder Bernardo Silva is the man the fans want to see partner Kevin De Bruyne in the midfield in their next game against Bournemouth. According to MEN Sport’s tweeted poll, 47% of fans wanted to see Bernardo Silva. Compared to David Silva at 32%, Phil Foden 13% and Ilkay Gundogen 8%.

Bernardo Silva was a fantastic central midfielder during Kevin De Bruyne’s absence last season. He returned to the wing upon his return. With De Bruyne being arguably irreplaceable he cannot be dropped for Bernardo Silva due to his immense quality. So naturally, fans want to see two partnered up.

Against Spurs, he didn’t manage to make the same sort of impact that he does when featuring in the midfield three. Guardiola’s reasoning for dropping Mahrez from the right-wing position for Bernardo Silva was to get game time for as many players as possible during the opening games of the season.

So who would make way should Bernardo Silva feature in the central midfield role?

Here is a starting eleven that we could see face Bournemouth…

Silva for Silva?

Rodri has made a mark on his new team and has been favoured for selection in both pre-season and season games so far. His position as a defensive midfielder who protects the back line and acts as a link between defence and attack is pivotal to how Man City play out from the back.

David Silva is one of Europe’s greatest talents. But he has publicly admitted that this season is his last. Guardiola could test the waters by replacing him for Bernardo Silva to see if a relationship between himself, Rodri and De Bruyne could blossom.

Man City’s star forward hung out to dry by Pep

Guardiola blames long-serving Man City star for the two points dropped against Spurs.

Despite Sergio Aguero putting his team 2-1 ahead against Tottenham Hotspur, Guardiola was more concerned with his positioning during the two Spurs goals.

Guardiola has favoured Gabriel Jesus so far this season. Featuring him in the Community Shield where Aguero did not and starting him on the opening day against West Ham.

Aguero’s first start of the 19/20 season came in the 2-2 draw against Spurs that saw himself and his manager have a verbal altercation after being subbed off for Jesus. Guardiola then went on to blame the lost points on their prolific Argentinian striker.

Gabriel Jesus had a last-minute goal cancelled due to a VAR decision. Laporte appeared to use a hand during the build-up of the play. Had Jesus’ goal stood, both he and Aguero would be two for two in the Premier League. Jesus could feature much more heavily after showing evidence that he can match Aguero, and after Guardiola has publicly blamed the Argentine for the draw.

Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero?

Last season, Gabriel Jesus scored 21 goals and got 6 assists in 47 appearances for the club. These are the statistics for a very good striker. But Sergio Aguero is better than very good. Aguero got 32 goals and 10 assists in 46 appearances.

Aguero, at 31, is still pivotal to Man City’s success. A fall out between himself and the manager could result in him being featured much less often this season. This would potentially result in the Blues losing 20 goals in all competitions this season.

However, with the determination of Jesus to overtake Aguero and Raheem Sterling becoming a very prolific finisher, the goals they lose from Aguero could be made up by their other talents.

The team selection in the near future will reveal the severity of Guardiola’s argument with Aguero and his displeasure with his positioning.

Loan watch: Two Man City youngster to keep an eye on

Man City currently have twelve players out on loan. Today, The Football Manc Cave will report on two prolific youngsters who have a strong shot at making it to the Premier League winner’s starting eleven.

Since Manchester City was gifted ‘blank-cheque’ status in 2008, their planning for the future has been absolutely spot on. The club has gradually improved their squad before settling on the perfect group to perform under Pep Guardiola before appointing him.

The young players out on loan are there because they are seen as part of the plans of Man City’s future. Meaning that you could see the names Sandler and Ilic in the Premier League in the years to come.

Man Utd is renown for producing their own talent. This is currently unmatched by Man City as they tend to purchase young talent. Philippe Sandler was purchased from Zwolle for around £2.25million and Luka Ilic was purchased from Red Star for a similar price.

City purchased Oleksandr Zinchenko from FK Ufa when he was 20 in 2016 for only £1.8million. He was then loaned to PSV, and now he starts week in, week out for Man City with a market value of £18million.

Could one or both of the following players see the same fate? Let’s see how their loan spells are going for their current clubs…

Philippe Sandler

Sandler, 22, went out on loan this summer to Anderlecht. He followed Man City superstar Vincent Kompany as he ventures on to a player-coach role. Having such an experienced talent alongside him will fast-track his progression and allow him to become the man who fills the hole Kompany left.

Sandler has featured in the first three games for Anderlecht, starting on all three occasions. This shows a good start to his loan as he is being trusted with regular first-team football.

Himself and Kompany in as the centre-back partnership saw two clean sheets in the first two games. But conceded 4 in a 4-2 defeat in Sandler’s third and most recent game with Anderlecht.

Luka Ilic

Ilic, 20, is a Serbian left-footed attacking midfielder. He is in last season of his two-year loan at Breda, who is in the second division of Dutch football,

Ilic’s first season with Breda was in the top tier in Holland. Having only 16 appearances, 2 goals and 3 assists say that the youngster had a tough time.

However, with only two games played in the new season, Ilic has scored twice and assisted once, having his team sat at the top of their division.

Should this form continue, it would demonstrate a resilient youngster who is eager to improve and going back to his parent club with a fantastic reference from his temporary manager at Breda.

Tottenham Hotspurs tactics against Man City show they are ready to challenge to the title, agree?

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur showed their resilience in a dramatic draw against Man City at the Etihad. A draw so impressive, some are considering Spurs title contenders…

When looking at the statistics of the game, it appears as though Spurs went backs to the wall. Man City had 30 shots and 10 on target, compared to Spurs’ 3 shots with 2 on target.

However, Mauricio Pochettino has been hailed an incredible manager and tactician in recent months. Particularly since his display in the Champions League.

Has Pochettino translated his team’s European performances to the Premier League? The game against Man City certainly showed that.

Furthermore, many scratched their heads as Lucas Moura sat on the bench for the first 55 minutes. He came on and scored with his first touch…

Why are Spurs capable of winning of the Premier League this season?

If Pochettino had ignited Spurs’ incredible fight to salvage something from the game and played a role in how clinical his side was. As well as meticulously planting Moura in at the right time, the man could be labelled a genius.

The Tottenham squad consists of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min amongst other top European talents. Most astute managers could get this team in the top four. But Mauricio Pochettino proves time and time again that he is not ‘most managers’.

The result against Man City is the first demonstration that Pochettino can salvage points from teams who should beat them. According to current form and state of the squad, only Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal could go toe-to-toe with Tottenham.

Is Pochettino in the process of learning how to break down the top teams? Do we have a modern Jose Mourinho on our hands?

With the controversial VAR decisions, mass amounts of wasted chances by Man City and lack of chances created for Spurs. There is room for argument that Spurs were lucky in getting a point from the game.

Should Tottenham continue with their flexible tactics depending on their opponent and getting results against the likes of Man City (again), Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd. Those aforementioned arguments would be almost void.

‘For Man City, this game wasn’t about VAR, it was about wasted chances’

It hasn’t taken long for VAR to make its mark on the Premier League as both Man City and Tottenham Hotspur experienced. Fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration, here’s what we can gather…

When asked about the consistency of VAR in the Man City v Spurs post-match press conference, Guardiola responded with “ask the VAR guys” in a tone that suggested he was uncertain about the accuracy and consistency of the virtual referee.

Fans, unlike Pep, were able to go full force on their objections, or their support, of VAR.

Man City was toe-to-toe with Spurs in a 2-2 lockdown. A controversial handball against the Citizens detected by VAR prevented the team from scoring in the dying minutes of the game.

For many, VAR is killing the sport we all know and love…

A large concern with VAR was that its accuracy will destroy the conversations, the arguments and the camaraderie of debating a referee’s decisions. As it stands, VAR is failing on that front. Many people find the usage of VAR to be very suspect, and it most certainly stirs up a conversation…

However, similar to a suspect referee decision, the team who benefits from it tend to support…

Opposition fans make a fair argument, pro-VAR. In the Man City v Spurs fixture, Man City had 30 shots with 10 on target. Compared to Spurs’ 3 shots with 2 on target…

It looks like VAR is just another referee that won’t get its feelings hurt by criticism. Fans arguing about VAR is evidence of its lack of inaccuracy, and it most definitely has a long way to go.

2 exciting Man City prospects that you simply need to keep tabs on, could be worth big money

Manchester City has the greatest quality and depth of any side in the Premier League. Even the youngsters are being hailed as future superstars, including two in particular…

Since 2008, Man City have been meticulously planning for the future. Now, in 2019, we’ve seen it paid off.

However, Man City have been purchasing players left, right and centre and have had many a different eleven for the fans to connect with.

This is begging to become less prevalent as Man City spend less and supply their own talent more often.

Jadon Sancho was one who was part of the Man City academy before moving to Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and being hailed a £100million player.

The Football Manc Cave introduces two prolific youngsters that will get Man City tonnes of trophies, cash, or both.

Phil Foden

Foden has been constantly praised by Pep Guardiola and has been referred to as the most talented player the Spanish manager has ever worked with.

Foden is a product of Man City’s youth. Is Guardiola overexaggerating the production of his academy or is Phil Foden going to be the greatest midfield the world has ever seen?

It is yet to be discovered. But the youngster has this season to seal a starting eleven spot as David Silva moves on in less than a year’s time.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

The 22-year-old full-back joined Man City in 2016 for a fee or around £1million.

This may be one of the smartest deals ever made by the club, as the Ukrainian is now seen at left-back on a weekly basis.

Quick, attacking, young full-backs fetch a sweet penny. Should the youngster’s form continue, he could be looking at a big £60million move to a European club in years to come.

Does Raheem Sterling want to be Man City’s main striker?

Man City’s 5-0 victory over West Ham saw Sterling get a hattrick on an opening day. By the looks of it, there’s plenty more to see from him…

Guardiola himself has said that being a striker would be an incredible position for Sterling. Understandable, seeing as he has scored a minimum of a goal per game since the beginning of Man City’s pre-season tour.

Gabriel Jesus is beginning to see more game time as Sergio Aguero reaches the latter stages of his career at 34 years old. But it looks as though Sterling is the one keen on filling the Argentine’s boots in becoming Man City’s goal scorer.

Upon Man City receiving a penalty against West Ham, Sterling and Aguero had to debate who took it.

This demonstrates how highly Sterling believes his impact is on the squad, to challenge a figure like Aguero. His behavior, motivation, and determination show a player itching to be in thoughts of the manager, for some reason or other.

In this case, it appears that Sterling wants to be the main man at Manchester City.

The English international has been pivotal to Man City’s recent back-to-back Premier League title. Finishing second top goal scorer in both seasons, with a total of 48 goals across the two, he will be looking to take up a notch this season.

What will be different about his game this season?

Many forget that he is only 24-years of age, and it is common for wingers to develop into magnificent strikers. Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi to name a few.

Come Christmas-time and Raheem Sterling is miles ahead of Aguero and Jesus on goals will we see him become the main man up front? What would come of Jesus and who would play on the wing instead?

Sterling has become increasingly clinical in front of goal over recent months and seasons. It is evident that he wants to score goals in and around the box for Manchester City.

We could see Guardiola give him these opportunities this season should he continue bagging goals in this fashion. Let’s just hope he can do it for England.

The Man City B team that would win the Premier League – Agree?

The distance between Man City and the rest of the league only grows larger after seeing this…

To be a part of Guardiola’s Man City, you must be talented and determined. But it still comes as a surprise that the once underdogs of the league have a B team that could still best the rest.

The Telegraph reported that Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Man City B team. When I looked at the bench [against West Ham], the players not involved, I think the [City] B team could fight for the title.”

It is evident that Man City and Liverpool are the only teams who can fight for the title this season. Perhaps Spurs could sneak in there, but even as the third-best team in the league, they are a longshot from the top.

This leaves Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd lost below 3rd place in the Premier League. Meaning that Man City’s B team beats all three of these English giants hands-down.

The Football Manc Cave bring you Man City’s B team that could challenge for the Premier League title this season…

Attack

Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are interchangeable at number nine. However, with the Argentine reaching 34 years of age, Guardiola appears to be making room for the 22-year-old Brazilian. This leaves one of the Premier League’s greatest ever strikers to come on off the bench. Sane has been favoured less than Sterling and Bernardo Silva and has suffered a crucial injury that puts him out for half the season. Whilst this talented winger has what it takes to start, he is definitely in Pep’s B side.

Midfield

In the midfield we have Phil Foden, “Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager” is what Guardiola said about the youngster. Making anything I have to add fairly irrelevant. Next to him would be the Brazilian brick wall Fernandinho and newly contracted Ilkay Gundogan, who the Blues clearly have faith in to impact the side off the bench.

Defence

In net is Bravo, who is a trusted second keeper behind Ederson, given faith to pull through in the Community Shield victory against Liverpool.

Otamendi and Mangala are favoured much less than Stones and Laporte. But this partnership has defensive experience and physicality, competent enough to see a side to many victories.

Right-back would be Kyle Walker, who has proven his quality time and time again for Man City. However, the incoming Joao Cancelo is likely to take the Englishman place. This gives Guardiola a B team right-back who is already proven as a champion.

Left-back could be Man City’s weakness in Angelino. But the promising youngster surrounded by sheer talent and quality could see his ability and confidence grow, as his team pull him throughout the stretch of the season.

Man City fans react ‘BEST SIGNING OF THE TRANSFER WINDOW GET IN!!!’ ‘Manchester City buying the league absolutely disgusting’

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson is having a medical at Manchester City, ahead of a season-long loan. Yes, you read that right.

It’s not as bizarre as you first thing. To sum it up, you need a certain amount of homegrown players per team, Man City signing Carson as a third-choice goalkeeper counts towards one of the homegrown players they need.

Will he ever play for Man City? Probably not. He might pick up a couple of winners medals though, no wonder he went. Carson will have a great time learning from Guardiola and the rest of the City boys.

Let’s see what football fans make of it…

Moses, the god of Wigan Athletic’s transfer deadline day signings

With transfer deadline day approaching. Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks back on Wigan Athletic’s best deadline day signing.

Looking for this brought back nightmares. Rewind to January 31st 2017. Warren Joyce as gaffer. Eight, yes eight signings on deadline day. Not one of them is still at the club 18 months later, which tells you everything you need to know.

They included Omar Bogle, the lad that scored against us on Saturday for Cardiff City, we won 3-2, though. Gabriel Obertan, that was hard to type. Alex Bruce. I’ll stop there, too painful to think about.

I’m scarred for life now on deadline day, thankfully we’ve done a lot of good business already. I can see a couple more signings coming in if they didn’t – I’d be happy going into the rest of the season with our current squad. It’s already stronger than last seasons.

Deadline day deal

So, have we had any success on deadline day…a panic buy that actually paid off? The one that stuck out to me. One of my favourite Latics players – Victor Moses.

He signed from Crystal Palace in January 2010. That makes me feel old. How the mighty fall ey. We were a Premier League side then, and despite a number of clubs being offered to Moses because Palace entered administration, he opted to sign for us.

The youngster was tipped to be the ‘next big thing’ and delivered for us. Positive, quick, exciting to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Moses and for £2.5 million, he turned out to be a steal. In typical Wigan fashion, we sold him to Chelsea for around £9 million in the summer of 2012.

Let’s have a quiet deadline day please Wigan, no selling our best players, no signing Leon Clarke and certainly don’t ring up Gabriel Obertan – ever again.

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