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2 Man City youngsters who could have a major impact on the club’s 19/20 season

Pep Guardiola has a wealth of talent in the Manchester City dressing room, but will it be the young stars who make an impact on their new season?

Manchester City are aiming for their third consecutive Premier League title, as well as demonstrate what kind of effect they can have in the Champions League.

Much unlike City, transfer rumours have been few and far between this summer. This could mean Pep Guardiola is confident that his current squad, can fight to end of each competition in the upcoming 2019/20 season.

These are two promising young blues who could feature heavily in Guardiola’s hunt for ultimate glory, in what could potentially be his last season at the helm of Manchester City.

Phil Foden

In the 2018/19 season, the 19-year-old midfielder Phil Foden featured in 13 Premier League Matches and appeared in 4 Champions League matches, bagging himself a goal in each competition.

His ability to keep up with the squad, and handle the responsibilities laid upon him by the manager shows that this young star is more than capable of maintaining a first-team spot for the champions of England.

His ability to have such a talent in the rotation of the squad will likely extend their Champions League run in. Furthering hopes of becoming the champions of Europe for the first time in the clubs history.

Claudio Gomes

City acquired the 18-year-old defensive midfielder in January of 2018 from Paris Saint-Germain. Apparently, Gomes has been nicknamed ‘N’golo Kante’ by his peers due to the similarities of his play style to his French counterpart.

Over recent years, the central-defensive midfield position has been maintained by the likes of Yaya Toure and most recently, the 34-year-old Fernandinho. Much like with Phil Foden, Guardiola’s ability to rotate these positions with incredibly talented youth will preserve the stamina of the squad, ultimately taking them further than they got to last season.

‘Should win them all! A tricky game away at Burnley 3rd Dec, apart from that…’ Man City fans feeling confident following fixtures announcement

With the depth and quality of Manchester City’s squad, the order in which they face the rest of the Premier League will most likely not affect their title challenge.

Manchester City fans have been vocal on Twitter regarding the release of the 2019/20 Premier League fixtures. Man City has not yet announced any transfers this summer, despite them having much to prove in European football.

Some fans may be getting complacent, whilst hoping that their team doesn’t.

One City fan doesn’t want to hear about fixtures, he wants transfer news.

Manchester City’s original fixture poster said ‘October 2018’ and ‘May 2019’ rather than ‘October 2019’ and ‘May 2020’, they made light of the amendment by captioning it ‘spot the difference’. Unfortunately for Manchester United, no time travelling to the past will partake in the upcoming season.

Bernardo Silva: Ballon d’Or Favourite After Exceptional Season?

After winning the UEFA Nations League player of the tournament, could Bernardo Silva be in the running for the Ballon d’Or award?

It would be fair to say that Silva has had a remarkable season, he’s won three trophies with Man City and now been a part of the winning Nations League team. However, the Premier League have overlooked the 24-year-old and have shown to be more in favour of Sterling’s efforts and Van Dijk.

It is now being discussed to who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and understandably, Silva’s name is in the mix. 

Virgil Van Dijk is set to be favourite to win the award after his impressive season and a Champions League win. Lionel Messi is also in the running, which is standard. Now that Silva is being recognised for his efforts, maybe the City star will earn another trophy for his collection.

When Bernardo won the Nations League player of the tournament, teammate Ronaldo didn’t seem too impressed, maybe he expected the award himself but if Silva also takes home the Ballon d’Or, how will 5-time winner Ronaldo take that news? 

Personally, I think it’s about time a City player won the award as they have been looked over for years. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and even Leicester have all had more recognition from the French award officials than City have had in a decade.

The closest that a City player has been to take this award home was Kevin De Bruyne last year when he came in 9th place. So can Bernardo Silva set another City record by getting further up that list or even topping it? I really do hope so, I’m just not convinced that he will get as much of a look in as others, after he’s already won one award for his individual efforts this year and several team awards.

These Two Things Will Make it a Good Season For Wigan Athletic Next Year

If you offered any Wigan fan an 18th placed finish at the start of last season, trust me, we’d of snapped your hand off. The last two times we had been in the Championship, we were relegated.

Paul Cook has done a superb job at Latics. The former Pompey gaffer won League One at the first time of asking, and kept us in the Championship with relative ease, in his second season. Bare in mind we only spent around £4 million last summer, and are still playing with players who won us the League One title, he’s overachieving.

Now we’re looking to build on a good season, and push for a comfortable mid-table finish (you never know, we might sneak 6th). I look at two things that will be pivotal this summer, as we prepare for another rollercoaster campaign.

We need a goalscorer

Wigan were very good in a number of games last season but didn’t always get what they deserved. Lots of ‘pretty’ football and positive wing play, but nobody to put the ball in the net. We defended well and controlled a majority of our home games, however, scoring goals was a problem.

I’m realistic, we aren’t going to splash out £8 million on a proven goalscorer. We need Cookie to find a gem, work your magic Paul.

Keep Sam Morsy

Wigan have been a victim of losing their star players for years and years. It’s often done with the club’s interest at heart, in terms of finances (we don’t want to end up like them down the road) but I think Morsy needs to be kept at all costs. He’s club captain and been with Paul Cook for most of his career. The team feeds of Morsy’s hunger and endeavour, always pressing and hunting for possession, he sets the tone and standard for others to follow – we can’t lose that.

‘Absolute Joy To Watch’ ‘Sterling Played Very Bad’ England Fans Split Over Man City’s Sterling Performance

Raheem Sterling captained England for the first time last night on his 50th appearance. The Three Lions lost 1-3 in their Nations League semi-final vs Holland, with Man City team-mate John Stones making a huge error at 1-1, to gift the Dutch a lead in extra-time.

Sterling was voted PFA 2018/19 young player of the season, after playing a pivotal role in City’s domestic treble winning side. The winger finished his campaign with 25 goals and 17 assists, his best stats yet since joining The Blues from Liverpool in 2015.

Sterling is often criticised for his performances in an England shirt, particularly at last summer’s World Cup when fans thought he wasn’t effective enough. Had Harry Kane squared it to Sterling in the semi-final at 1-0, he would’ve been entered into folklore. If only, ey.

Two Things New Signing From Liverpool Laura Coombs Will Bring To Man City Women

After 74 appearances and seven goals for Liverpool, Laura Coombs has decided to move on into a new adventure. That adventure is Man City.

The real question is, what can she bring to an already successful Man City side?

Bringing out the best in her new teammates

Coombs has plenty of experience behind her, the 28-year-old has represented Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and even played in America’s W League. When speaking to Man City about her new deal, she described herself as an “aggressive box-to-box midfielder.” Coombs should fit in perfectly with the already successful City team as she has played for England, and was part of the Chelsea side that won a league and cup double in 2015.

Former teammate, Gilly Flaherty describes Laura as “a real grafter” and said she would, “put the work in that other people don’t want to do.” This should give Nick Cushing the confidence in his new signing that she will get the job done and, hopefully, inspire her new teammates to fight for every ball and keep attacking throughout a game.

Champions League Title?

She’s already been a part of teams that have won leagues and cups, but there’s still room for improvement that Cushing’s side should be able to help her with.

When speaking to the press, Nick Cushing said, “she has the potential to be a top player and we are very excited to have Laura at Manchester City where we feel we can give her the opportunity to play at her highest level.” This sounds promising for the former Liverpool midfielder but fans of the blues will be wondering what their team could win next season.

After speaking to Man City upon signing her new contract, Laura explained how she had played a few games in the Champions League, but felt that joining City would be a step in the right direction of going further in the competition and hopefully winning the title.

Coombs made 27 appearances for Liverpool last season and with determination like this, it sounds like a hopeful season ahead for Laura and for the blues. If she has a good season, some more England caps may be on her way and with the right coaching, managing and teamwork, could City achieve a Champions League title?

2 Games Over The Festive Period That Will Define 2019 for MCFC

City, despite a defeat to Chelsea, remain the “boys most likely to” in regards to winning the league, but the festive period is still as important to them as it is to everyone else

The most obviously important fixture is Liverpool at home on 3rd January.

Liverpool are the nearest rivals to City this season and, are currently a couple of points ahead of them in the Premier League. City will want to stamp some real dominance on this game, last season they won this by a cricket score, and would state their case that they haven’t become complacent if they were to do the same again this time round.

City have back to back away games too, at Leicester and Southampton. Of these two Southampton should be the easier fixture, so making sure to target the game in the midlands. It should be an easy win for City, but it’s important to not get complacent against a team that haven’t been disgraced in defeat to some big teams this season.

It is also a chance to show competitors that City still mean serious business and can dispose of top half teams with ease by big score lines.

The title race doesn’t look as easy this year, however lest we forget we already have 44 points. Which one would have been something we would be happy to have at the end of the season. Some easier games over the festive season give us a chance to get the ball rolling again and beating Liverpool would be a huge statement.