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3 players Man City need to shift before the Euro window closes

The Euro transfer window is still open and the Football Manc Cave are looking at 3 players Man City could get rid of or loan.

Pep Guardiola is a man who knows exactly what he wants and sometimes he wants to sign players and not use them, or at least not straight away. With Leroy Sané out injures at the minute, last weeks game made fans wonder who was going to replace him and Guardiola is a man with many options.

With a solid team consisting of Ederson, Walker, Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Jesus and many more, it leaves a bunch of others wanting playing time. Man City are known to sign players, build them up, add to their value and then sell or sometimes refuse to sell them.

With this in mind, here are three options of players that could be used somewhere else to gain some experience…

Daniel Grimshaw

When Claudio Bravo got injured last year, Grimshaw was the first in line to replace him. He’s a life long Man City fan and has played for the club since he was 9. Coming through the youth and development ranks, he’s clearly happy to be in a Man City shirt.

However, with Ederson being the main option, Bravo second and the arrival of Scott Carson on loan. This may be the perfect time to get him some experience from another club and Man City’s links with clubs abroad may help with that. That way he could come back motivated, determined and ready to step up.

Benjamin Mendy

The French 25-year-old only made 10 appearances for Man City last season. He has been undergoing surgery for a knee injury recently which will put him in a hard position when it comes to getting back into the squad. Pep Guardiola has apparently told him what he will need to do to get back into the squad, as he returned to training this week although it could be a possibility that he gets loaned out to another club who could make use of him maybe as a substitute.

His fitness won’t be up to scratch right now especially when defenders are needed to be in top condition for the champions. Hopefully, this will solve his recovery and he can arrive back at the Etihad better than ever.

Ryotaro Meshino

The 21-year-old only signed for Man City this month, however, he’s used to Japanese football and could benefit from going elsewhere to gain some experience. He has also been linked with a move to Hearts on a loan deal if it can officially go through. This is something Pep Guardiola’s team is known for doing. Signing a player, sending them out on loan and then taking them back when they’re ready. Meshino will be perfect for this whether it be Hearts or somewhere else, they should make this happen.

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.

2 players need to step up to see Man City ease past Spurs

From one big Manchester/London game to another, Man City face Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad in the toughest Premier League game so far.

Spurs famously knocked Man City out of the Champions League last season. Can they imitate the same kind of confidence to cause a huge upset in the race for the Premier League title?

The Premier League this season has become very complex, and ponders many questions… Will Man City run away with it? Will Liverpool slip and will Spurs step up? Who will exceed out of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd?

Answers may begin to appear very early in the season, as Spurs face Man City at the Etihad in the second game of the Premier League.

Spurs

Tottenham is now the most highly rated London team as their rivals begin to slip into the realms of the race for fourth place. Spurs’ ultimate goal should now be to win the Premier League. Manager Pochettino is well aware that his squad should not have let 3rd place slip last season. Spurs can comfortably make top 4, so all that’s worth playing for is the Premier League trophy.

This could bring out a very confident, direct and competitive Tottenham Hotspur against Man City.

Pochettino could set up in a defensive and compact manner. Seeing the likes of Ndombele and Sissoko to match David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

The killer for Spurs will be the direct, counter-attacking threat. However, without Son Heung-min in the side, Lucas Moura will have to be the legs for the forward line.

Man City

Asserting their dominance with a big win over Spurs could be the turning point already, where the Citizens run away with title once again. With Man Utd crushing Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford, matching their neighbours by obliterating a better London side.

Furthermore, beating the third-best team in the league easily, as they beat everyone else would really put a dampener on the spirits of the league.

With Sane injured, we may see Mahrez step in his place after impressing against West Ham. But having the option between him and Bernardo Silva can’t hurt their chances of success.

It is likely that Pep Guardiola will favour Gabriel Jesus over Sergio Aguero once again. But it appears Raheem Sterling is taking the reigns on the goal-scoring front, so the South Americans have to step their game up too.

Man City are the best-drilled and most confident team in the league, as well as being the most talented. But if a fully focused and motivated Tottenham Hotspur turn up to fight, they could throw a spanner in the works for Man City’s third consecutive Premier League trophy.

One to watch: Man City snap up 14y/o ahead of Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal

Man City’s academy has another fantastic talent in their academy after signing Kane Taylor.

Manchester City beat Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League. Now they have beaten them in the race to sign one of the best teenage talents in the country.

According to the Telegraph, 14-year-old Kane Taylor ‘de-registered at Villa last season meaning that he was available for £129,000 compensation under the Elite Player Performance Plan tariffs‘.

Man City have been clever about the signing, as waiting for him to turn of age would result in having to pay a significantly higher fee.

The 14-year-old left-footed midfielder impressed clubs in the Premier League whilst playing for Aston Villa,

Man City have been signing young talents to join their academy since 2008. Darko Gyabi and Daniel Ogwuru are examples of how the club has been adding to their academy from other clubs for the past 11 years.

Why is Man City the best place for Kane Taylor?

Kane Taylor will succeed in one of Europe’s greatest academy’s that have played a part in producing the likes of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, even Ryan Giggs.

The Citizens are clearly planning for the future, as we could see Taylor be slowly integrated into the squad in four or five years time. This was the case with Phil Foden, who is now one of England’s most exciting talents.

The likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva coming toward the end of the best part of their career. It’s important for the Blues to bring through their young talent. Perhaps the days of big spending is over, and Man City are beginning to replicate the formula that Man Utd once had. Producing your own talent and being successful.

Being snapped up by Man City means that this boy has some serious talent. He will most certainly be a name we see introduced into the squad in the years to come.

Two reasons why Man City’s renewal of midfielder is a bad move

Ilkay Gundogan will stay at Man City until 2022 after agreeing to terms with the club. Why is this a bad move for Man City?

The 28-year-old German midfielder was Pep Guardiola’s first signing for the club. In summer of 2016, he signed from Dortmund for around £24million.

Although the midfielder is a quality talent, he has never provided much towards Manchester City’s success. After the arrival for Kevin De Bruyne in particular, the German is not prolific enough to be a regular starter.

Despite understanding Guardiola’s methods, after three years under his reign, here are two reasons Gundogan should have been let go by Man City…

Surplus to requirements

Manchester City has the best midfield three in England, possibly in Europe. With David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri all looking to be the starting three of the upcoming campaign. For depth, the Citizens have Fernandinho, who is still in contention for starting football, and Phil Foden who will feature heavily this season and the seasons to come. It is difficult to understand where Gundogan fits in this hierarchy. He could be taking game time away from upcoming prospects.

Same old?

Gundogan was Pep’s first signing when he arrived at the Etihad. The German may symbolise the style of play that Man City have adopted since his arrival. This is cause for concern as it is imperative for champions to adapt their style over the seasons to keep opponents on their toes. This contract renewal may symbolise the stubbornness and rigidity of Guardiola’s style, indicating to challengers that they can expect to see the same Man City this season. This could allow teams to figure them out a lot easier and prevent dropping the same amount of points against the Blues this season.

Which 2 Man City midfielders can help Pep achieve European glory

Who in Man City’s squad can bring Guardiola the Champions League trophy?

With a sweep of domestic success last season, Man City will be going all-out for European glory this season.

Pep Guardiola is yet the add the trophy, and question marks are raised about is performance in the competition with one of the best squads in the world.

The depth of quality in the Manchester City squad should allow for at least a Premier League title, a domestic cup and a Champions League final.

The Football Manc Cave bring your attention to two crucial Man City players who could make that happen.

David Silva

The Spanish midfielder is heading into his tenth season with the Citizens at The Etihad. Upon his own admission, this season will be his last in Manchester. Man City fans can expect and wonderful final season for one of their greatest ever servants. It is without question that David Silva will want to go out on a high, specifically a Champions League winning high.

Phil Foden

Guardiola began to place a lot of trust in the academy prospect Phil Foden towards the back-end of last season. According to Evening Standard, Guardiola said ‘the best talent I have ever seen’ when asked about the 19-year-old Englishman.

The youngster made a total of 26 appearances for Man City last season. Making a feature in each major competition. This can be expected to increase to above 35 appearances next season as Guardiola continues to build Foden into the player he believes he can become.

Man City have a David Silva eager to leave a lasting impression on the club. Alongside him is a dedicated youngster looking to secure a place in the best team in English football.

It is often said that football games are won and lost in the midfield. Should this hold true, Manchester City will not lose many games this season.

Two things Man City have learnt from their friendlies – Agree?

Man City have had a pre-season tour of Asia and despite losing in the Premier League Asia Trophy final to Wolves, The Football Manc Cave look at what Pep Guardiola and his team have learnt ahead of the season.

Man City got all the way to the final of the friendly competition only to lose on penalties, 3-2. Some players like Aguero and Ederson weren’t available in these friendlies as their summer commitments meant they had to start their summer break later than others. This gave other players a chance to shine and Pep Guardiola a chance to weigh up his options ahead of next season.

So what have the Blues learnt?

Captain

Vincent Kompany’s departure from the club at the end of last season left the captain role vacant. This pre-season campaign has given the players and Pep Guardiola an experimental chance to see who fits the bill best. Guardiola has given David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne the chance to wear the armband in these games.

He has also recently stated that the players will choose who will be their new leader. It has got to go to Silva for his final season with the club. De Bruyne started the game against Wolves as captain and was subbed later in the game, they went on to lose. However, David Silva was the captain in a recent friendly against Kitchee FC where they won 6-1. The only problem with this is when Silva does depart the club, it will leave them looking for another new captain again.

Options

These friendlies have also shown fans and the team that they have a lot of back up options. As stated at the beginning of this article, key players like Ederson and Aguero were not available for these games yet Man City have still had a good run. They’ve obviously got new signings like Rodri and Angeliño who will be exciting options ahead of next season but they’ve also got Leroy Sané.

He’s impressed and even managed to score a few in the pre-season, meaning he’s willing and ready to prove himself to Pep Guardiola and the footballing world. There’s been a lot of gossip about him this transfer window and I think he’s trying to show that he wants to stay with the Manchester side.

Man City should line up against Kitchee FC with these two youngsters involved today

As Manchester City continue their pre-season tour of Asia, The Football Manc Cave look at what their starting eleven should look like against Kitchee FC.

Pep Guardiola’s side made the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend and even though it’s only classed as a pre-season warm-up, his team failed to collect the award. The game finished goalless which resulted in a penalty shootout that Man City lost 3-2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite the loss, this game saw a lot of the City squad get a chance to play.

In the second half, there were plenty of substitutes that saw Guardiola’s side have nearly a complete team makeover. As well as giving youngsters a chance to play, this also gives Man City a chance to look at their new captain. Vincent Kompany’s departure has left that role vacant. The name of the player taking the armband has been up in the air. The Man City boss has stated that his squad will be picking their new leader, which is why these pre-season games have seen Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have a go at leading the side.

Personally, I think David Silva should captain his club in what will be his last season at the Manchester side. With that in mind, this is the side I have picked for their game against Kitchee FC on Wednesday.

Quite a few of the squad such as Sergio Aguero and Ederson are entitled to holidays before joining Man City again, as they’ve been busy in other commitments over the summer. This gives other players a chance to shine for Guardiola.

Claudio Bravo has had a lot to do in pre-season, as he’s had to play in a penalty shoot-out and replace Ederson while he’s not available. He will surely get picked again on Wednesday.

Defence

Angelino didn’t get a start in their last game so maybe he should be considered as fans want to see him play. Taylor Harwood-Bellis has played well for Man City in Asia and again, he didn’t start their game against Wolves so he should be considered to be in the starting line up. Aymeric Laporte was subbed in the second half of the last game however he should definitely be in that starting line up. Finally, Kyle Walker, again, he wasn’t started on Saturday and should be given a chance. Guardiola has proven he has other options now.

Midfield

The midfield line I have changed completely. Players that were brought on to try and drive for a goal in the second half against Wolves, should be given an opportunity to start. Fans want to get a chance to see Rodri in action and he can always be brought on at any point but Lukas Nmecha, Bernardo Silva and IIkay Gundogan should all get a chance.

The main topic of conversation, David Silva should definitely start as captain. Kevin De Bruyne started as the leader of the pack on Saturday, as a bid to take the armband for next season. David Silva should have the chance to prove himself again.

Attack

Leroy Sané and Ben Knight should be given the chance to start up front together to see how they work as a duo. Raheem Sterling can always replace the young striker, and there are also other options on the bench in case Pep Guardiola’s side aren’t performing how he imagines.

This is only pre-season and a chance for youngsters to show their worth, as well as senior members to prove they need to stay in the lineup.

‘Not good enough’ ‘They were completely knackered and it showed’ Man City Fans unhappy after ‘fitness session’ defeat

The Football Manc Cave are looking at Man City fans’ reaction to the loss they suffered against Wolves in the Premier League Asia Cup yesterday. 

Pep Guardiola’s side couldn’t find the back of the net in the final, as it finished 0-0. Which sent the game straight to penalties and Wolves won 3-2. 

There were a lot of changes to the starting line up throughout the game as the blues manager started to worry. There was also a shuffle around in the captain department, as Kevin De Bruyne wore the armband at the start of the game. This soon got passed to David Silva, as De Bruyne was brought off. A missed penalty for Man City was also thrown in the mix. A lot of Man City fans don’t seem too bothered about the loss and are simply calling it a ‘warm-up session.’ 

It’s an optimistic way to look at it, although some disagree stating that these are games that should be taken more seriously. Its points like this in the Premier League that the Blues need to make sure they are picking up.

Here are your thoughts… 

3 things we learnt from yesterday’s Man City defeat to Wolves

The final of the Premier League Asia Cup saw Man City and Wolverhampton Wanderers go head to head yesterday.

Man City fans were hopeful that their side would conquer yet another cup, even if it’s just part of preseason. Unfortunately, just a preseason warm-up is all the fans got as Wolves went on to win the game 3-2 on penalties.

Pep Guardiola must have realised that his side didn’t look like finding the back of the net as he kept on making changes. At one point, Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Adrián Bernabé all were subbed at the same time for Kyle Walker, İlkay Gündoğan, Bernardo Silva and David Silva. The Man City boss also replaced Rodri, Laporte, Zinchenko and Sane with Lukas Nmecha, Angelino, Harwood-Bellis and Alex Garcia.

Even with nearly a full squad change, Man City still couldn’t bag a goal which took the game straight to penalties.

So after this loss, the Football Manc Cave explores three things we have learned from the Manchester side today…

Captain Issues

Obviously, with Vincent Kompany leaving the club at the end of last season, this gave the armband a new owner and today that player was Kevin De Bruyne. Weeks ago, it was reported that David Silva was looking most likely to take the responsibility of leading Man City out next season. Now Guardiola has stated that his players will pick their next leader.

Having a player on the pitch who everyone respects and values are vital to a football team. Vincent Kompany will surely be missed as he stepped up to the role confidently. Now it’s up in the air as to who will replace him and after their performance today, Kevin De Bruyne must be a sceptical choice. Who do you think should take the armband?

Low Expectations

It’s clear that the Premier League Asia Cup isn’t something that is taken too seriously and is more of a preseason warm-up than anything else. A lot of Man City fans have stated how this was just a fitness session and a warm-up before the start of the season, and they don’t seem too bothered about the loss. However, some have noted their concerns over the fact that this should have been an easy win that ended up in a draw at full time. Some are concerned, that these are the kind of matches that the Blues need to pick up all three points in when the Premier League starts again.

Subs

Even though Guardiola’s side lost on penalties, you can’t argue that his team has such a variety and good quality of back up options. In a friendly, most teams use nearly all the subs possible to give every player a chance and opportunity. This was no different. Four or five changes at a time should usually see a team bring on players that aren’t as experienced and senior as other teammates, or players that fans are sceptical about.

Not this team. When you can take the likes of your new signing, Rodri with players like Zinchenko and Sane off. Then replace them with the likes of David and Bernardo Silva, surely it proves the talent in your squad.

The loss aside, Man City fans will look forward to the new Premier League campaign, new players and hopefully another title.

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