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Two qualities Man City’s 22y/o will bring with him to Rangers

Steven Gerrard has revealed that Man City’s Brandon Barker is undergoing a medical at Rangers and the Football Manc Cave are having a look at what he will bring to the Rangers side.

Apparently, the 22-year-old winger is undergoing a medical and the deal for him is ‘all but done.’ He’s been available on a free transfer and his name has popped up throughout the summer in different transfer gossip. Now we have an idea of where the Man City players future may lie.

If the deal can get done on time, Barker could be in the squad that will face Hibernian this weekend. The winger who has spent all his youth at Manchester City has also been on loan to NAC Breda, Hibernian and Preston. He has been known to suffer from hamstring injuries in the past so if he can stay injury-free, here’s two things he could bring to Rangers…

Experience

Obviously, he’s had a great run of experience with Manchester City, after Pep Guardiola and his coaching team would have put all their players through their paces. He’ll bring that same motivation to Rangers that he would have gained at Man City. As well as the top quality training he would have received there, he would have also gained good game time at NAC Breda and Preston. The biggest part of his career that will help him at Rangers is the fact that he’s already played for Hibernian. This has given him league experience and if he can stay fit, he should be ready for the challenge ahead.

Determination

His young age should see some good years of football out of him in his time at Rangers. If the 22-year-old can get stay on top of his game and away from any injuries that will put him out, he will have the determination to make people take notice of his performance. He should get a proper chance under Steven Gerrard which is something he’s not yet had at Man City.

Barker has been included in England under 18’s, 19’s and ’20s previously and you never know, he may have the determination to play well enough to be considered again for international level. This should see him play at his best.

Two qualities Maguire will finally bring to Man Utd’s backline

Harry Maguire has completed his long-awaited move to Old Trafford. Here is how one man from Sheffield can fix Manchester United.

Harry Maguire has become the world’s most expensive defender after joining Man Utd from Leicester for a reported fee of £80million.

Fans of the great Red Devils have been keen on bringing in a new defender for many years, particularly after the frequent injuries of Eric Bailly.

Maguire was in the spotlight during England’s 2018 World Cup in Russia. The centre-half pitched in with goals and assists in a competition which brought the nation together over the love of football, making a name for himself on the biggest stage.

Regardless of the huge price tag, public interviews and interactions with Harry Maguire show him to be a very humble and hard-working professional. Solskjaer has added a great character to his dressing-room. But what has he added to what we see on the pitch?

Ball playing centre-half

Manchester United struggle immensely with bringing the ball out from the back. The only top-quality defender in the side, Victor Lindelof, has begun to do this more often since the arrival of Solskjaer, to great effect.

However, pre-season taught us that Rojo, Smalling and Jones are incapable of playing from the back. Often running into trouble and losing the ball.

By having Harry Maguire in the squad, there will be two defenders able to carry the ball forward, preventing the fear of leaving a weakness alone at the back. Maguire completed 17 ‘take-ons’ last season. This is more than any other centre back in the Premier League.

So, not only is Maguire capable of bringing the ball into the midfield, he is one of the best at it.

Aerial wins

Solskjaer’s defence falls apart from set-pieces. They are completely lost when it comes to handling aerial threats in their own box.

This is where the ex-Leicester City man steps in. According to the following statistic from a football statistician who is frequently seen on MUTV, “Harry Maguire won 73% of his duels in the Premier League last season, Virgil van Dijk (76%) was the only CB with a better success rate (minimum 2000 minutes played).”

Therefore, David De Gea will have two fantastic defenders in front of him. Capable of dealing with a multitude of threats.

With Harry Maguire’s aerial abilities and desire to transition the ball into midfield, you can expect this Man Utd side to concede fewer and score more. A great signing for Manchester United.

Look forward to it Man Utd fans. How many stoppage-time headers will Maguire score this season?

Three players who must impress BBM against Hyde tonight for Rochdale

As most teams pre-season campaign comes to a close, The Football Manc Cave are looking at Rochdale to see which players should look to impress in their last friendly against Hyde United.

A very organised Brian Barry-Murphy has already picked out his squad that will play against Hyde. It’s a very youthful Dale side, although he can afford to put out an inexperienced team to give himself and fans an insight into the youngsters in the team.

This also gives the senior squad a rest ahead of the start of the season. The line up picked out consists of, Wade, Matheson, Kinsella, Lee, Dunne, Clarkson, Chorlton, Gillam, Moreland, Bradley and Tavares. Before this team gets underway at Ewen Fields, here’s three of the squad members who should look to impress their manager and the fans.

Bradley Wade

Wade is a 19-year-old goalkeeper who has come through the ranks at Rochdale and has been with the club since he was 15 years old. He’s been a key member of the youth squads at Dale and now that he has become a senior squad member, he will be looking to impress.

Another factor that will influence his performance is that Rochdale has recently signed Robert Sanchez on loan from Brighton, and he has recently started a friendly for the club. This knocks Wade further down in the pecking order for Brian Barry Murphy’s choices. This should mean that Wade will be looking to put on his best performance against Hyde.

Luke Matheson

The 16-year-old has had a good career so far, as he’s had 2 senior appearances already for Dale and he has appeared for England’s Under 17’s team once. The defender is obviously very young, however, he will be looking to impress. He will want to boost his own playing experience and he will also want to get a chance at regular football.

If Matheson can show what he’s capable of, he could gain credit from his current manager, interest from other clubs with him being so young and also interest from England’s other youth teams.

Fabio Tavares

Another young player who will be looking to prove himself. He only signed his first professional contract this summer with Dale along with Harrison Hopper and Lewis Bradley. Tavares has also been with the club since he was 15 and has been a big part of the youth squads. He has bagged over 40 goals throughout his two-year scholarship.

Now that he is part of the senior squad, he will be looking to impress not only the fans but Brian Barry Murphy and the team. Lewis Bradley has also been named in the squad to face Hyde so the pair will hopefully be able to show how they can produce good football together.

Should Preston North End go all out for Man City 22y/o?

Journalist Alan Nixon has reported that Man City winger, Brandon Barker could be going to Preston North End.

Nixon tweeted yesterday to claim that the 22-year-old is wanted by Preston. He also claimed that Man City are wanting a fee for their player, however, Preston only wants him on loan so this is why his future has been held up.

Some Preston fans are reacting to the statement and saying that it sounds ‘typical’ of their club as they don’t want to spend money. Others are arguing that their club is being sensible in not signing the City player immediately, as he has had a previous case of hamstring injuries. If the player can get over his injuries and stay fit, here are two reasons why Preston should aim to pull this deal off…

Loan Spell

Barker has been on loan to different clubs for most of his time at Man City and last season he spent time at Preston. He only made 12 appearances for The Lilywhites which is probably why they are sceptical of offering him a permanent deal as this wasn’t enough time to make up their mind. A loan deal would be sensible and would make sense for Alex Neil as he can make his mind upon the winger when the loan period comes to an end.

If Barker performs well, the deal could be turned into something permanent if they can meet Man City’s fees. However, if things don’t go to plan, Preston would have been right in not spending and wasting money on him.

Man City

Pep Guardiola’s side is known for the pressure he puts them under due to his outstanding training and coaching. Brandon Barker would have been a part of this development in the times, he’s not been on loan and he could bring that experience to the players at Deepdale. He has spent all his youth with the Blues and broke into the senior squad in 2015. Since then he’s been on loan to NAC Breda and Hibernian as well as Preston. All this experience should give him the determination to find his feet at Deepdale if he can stay fit.

He won’t only have the determination to get starts and play regular football, he will also want to impress other clubs. If this loan goes ahead, he knows he will be being monitored by Man City, other possible clubs of interest and he’s also had caps for England youth squads so maybe he will aim to impress Gareth Southgate. Man City will keep an eye on him to see if they can put his value up when the time comes for the 22-year-old to make his mind up on his future.

Two qualities Man City’s 18y/o will bring to Brighton

The Sun has reported how Man City’s Taylor Richards has signed for Brighton. The Football Manc Cave explores two qualities he will take to his new club.

Brighton has managed to sign the midfielder for a £2.5 million deal. The 18-year-old apparently put pen to paper earlier this week as he signed a 2-year deal. Richards hopes that Brighton will be able to offer him a greater chance at first-team football.

Richards spent two years in Man City’s development squad and managed to be on the bench for Pep Guardiola’s first team against Burton in the Carabao Cup. Now that he has had a shift in teams and is hoping to receive more playing time, what will he bring to Brighton?

High Standards

Richards moved to the Etihad campus in 2015 from Fulham. He regularly trained with the first team. The midfielder would have been put through his paces in training as Pep Guardiola is known to be tough and have high standards. Man City are also known for having great coaching staff who also would have pushed the 18-year-old to his limits. When Richards arrives in training and preseason at Brighton, guarantee that those standards will remain, and he may even inspire a few of the Seagulls players.

Choice of Position

The youngster is known to be an attacking midfielder, however, he is comfortable playing anywhere across the front line. He has been used predominately on the right-wing when he was coming through Man City’s youth teams. Which impressed Guardiola even though the 18-year-old never broke into the first team at the Blues. This gives Graham Potter the chance to move him around in different positions, and see where he fits in best with his team and also has him as back up in case he ever needs a replacement for an injury.

As well as the two qualities he will bring personally, he’ll also have the determination to have a senior role at Brighton, as it will not only give him first-team football, it could also attract England bosses. Richards made 3 appearances for England Under 17’s so he’ll be hoping to prove himself again.

Man City’s starting 11 tomorrow against West Ham Utd should look like this

Manchester City will face West Ham in the Semi-Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy tomorrow at 13.30pm. How could their starting eleven look?

West Ham opened their pre-season matches with a 3-2 win against Rheindorf Altach, however, this clash will be Man City’s first fixture since the FA Cup final almost two months ago. The winner of this competition will face Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Ham United is also Pep Guardiola’s first game of the Premier League season, although the starting line up may be very different. Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi are both missing for Man City this week following their exertions for Argentina at the Copa America. Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho And Ederson are all missing for the same reason. Riyad Mahrez has been in action for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations. Benjamin Mandy misses out to injury and Phil Foden is also not with the current squad as he is representing England’s under 21’s.

So with the players that this list leaves and the fact that Rodri has flown with the team to hopefully play, here’s the Football Manc Cave’s prediction for Man City’s starting 11.

Man City line up

Bravo will be looking to make an appearance after Ederson’s absence has been made apparent. Stones will be looking to impress as he fills in the hole that Vincent Kompany has left. Rodri may start as everyone is excited to see him in action, not just the fans but the team and management. This will give everyone a taste of what he’s capable of. With Aguero’s absence, Sterling will be raring to go.

It’s a hard pick for a team with so many players missing. This, however, does give a lot of players the chance to prove to Guardiola that they deserve a chance. Not only players that have been benched last season and not been the first pick, but also the new signings. Rodri should get his first start and it will give everyone a glimpse of how he fits in that middle line up.

Preston North End looking to bring back 22y/o Man City winger, here’s two reasons why it’s a great move

Man City star, Brandon Barker has been rumoured to be joining Preston North End on loan. According to Football League World, the club is looking at a possible replacement for Callum Robinson.

It was revealed this week that Robinson signed for Sheffield United on a four-year deal. This now leaves them looking for any sort of replacement before the season starts. Now it’s looking like Barker could be top of the list.

The Football Manc Cave has come up with two reasons to why the 22-year-old would be a good move for Preston North End. If you’ve read up on his past or if you’ve just heard of his name, you may know that he has suffered from hamstring injuries. This has put a lot of doubt in the mind of Preston fans, although, if he can stay fit and prove he’s got past those problems, he could be brilliant for the side.

Free Agent

According to Preston Updates, the 22-year-old will become a free agent next year. So let’s say he has a really good season for the Lilywhites and he manages to stay away from any injuries, he could end up being with them permanently. The winger clearly isn’t needed at Man City as he’s been on loan to 4 different clubs since 2015. He is still young and this could be a factor that means he’s ready to prove himself this year.

Return

One of the clubs that Barker has spent his time at in the past few years is Preston and it was only last season. That’s where fans already know his name from. He joined on loan from Man City in 2018 and he even managed to score for them in a game against Morecambe in the Carabao Cup. Surely Alex Neil wouldn’t be looking to snap him up again if he didn’t believe he could be beneficial. This could be a tactical move in only loaning him for the 2019/2020 campaign so that he can persuade the winger to sign a contract at Deepdale going forward.

I’m hopeful that he will stay fit and be a successful loanee to Preston. As well as fans and the club wanting him to do well, he will also be on a personal mission as he’s been called up to England youth in the past.

However he’s only got as far as England under ’20s, so he may be interested in trying to show Gareth Southgate that he’s aiming to break into the first team. The Manchester born player may also be on a mission to prove to Pep Guardiola that he deserves to stay at Manchester City, if he can stay away from physio and bandages.

Man City are best off keeping Delph from Everton for these two reasons – Agree?

Earlier this week, the Sky Sports reported that Man City’s Fabian Delph could be leaving the Etihad this summer, with the possible destination being Everton.

Everton could be leading the race in signing the 29-year-old. According to Metro, Pep Guardiola’s side has given their player the go-ahead to leave this summer and he’s received a lot of interest, just not any bids yet.

However, more recent reports from Metro have claimed that Delph will have to ask the club for permission if he wants to leave. Guardiola doesn’t see why his player should leave or at least leave for a low amount. Despite the attraction from a list of teams, here are two things that Man City may consider when fighting to keep the England international.

Contract

Delph’s contract is still in date for 12 months. This summer has seen multiple reports about Pep Guardiola’s future. Some about him taking a sabbatical, others about him saying he will return to other teams soon. No one can really determine the truth behind those, although it is true that David Silva will be leaving at the end of the coming season.

With all this in mind, it could be a substantial season for Man City if next summer see’s them coming to blows with departures. This is why they should push to keep Delph on so that they can get the most out of him for his final year with the club, and then he could be one of the departures this time next year.

Back Up

Not only is Delph known as a midfielder, but he can also serve in defensive positions such as left-back. The signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid puts the England star in a harder position to try and gain matches. He only gained 11 appearances for the Blues in the Premier League last season, which is probably a factor he’s considering in deciding whether to stay or go. He’ll have to hope that Rodri doesn’t fit in as well as fans and the team are hoping, or just hope there will be some way he can break in the team as back up. With his ability to appear in different positions, it gives him more of a chance to be used as cover.

Everton seek to use Man City 29y/o to level up next season

It is being said that Manchester City’s Fabian Delph has a number of clubs looking at signing him before the transfer window closes. The Football Manc Cave are exploring the possibility of Everton being his next move.

The midfielder, who is also comfortable as a left back, still has a year remaining on his current contract with Pep Guardiola’s side. Although it is believed that he has been told he can leave this summer. Man City are yet to receive any bids for the 29-year-old but they are expected to come flooding in soon.

With Everton apparently being one of the clubs interested. The Football Manc Cave take a look at what he’s achieved so far, and how he will help the Toffees if there is a possibility of them signing him.

Youth career

He started his youth career with Bradford City and Leeds Utd before signing a professional contract with Leeds in 2006. In 2009 he joined Aston Villa where he spent the next 6 years signed to the club. However, in 2012, he went back on loan to Leeds. It wasn’t until 2015 that he signed for Manchester City. Delph has also been called up to the England team on 20 occasions.

Everton had a successful run last year as they finished 8th in the Premier League. Now it looks like they are trying to strengthen their squad with experience, so they can keep up in the top half of the table next season. Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl have both already put pen to paper for the Toffees and now Marco Silva could be about to get one more signature.

With Delph evidently falling short of being favourited at the Etihad, it’s clear that he may be interested in moving somewhere that he can get game time. If he does receive bids from a number of teams, which I’m sure he will, he would have a hard choice to make.

Delph will be a welcomed addition to the ever-improving Everton side. His Premier League know-how can only aid Silva in his quest to better last season final position.

Man City Women will be getting 2 things from their new signing

Birmingham City defender, Aofie Mannion has joined Manchester City Women on a 2-year deal. Today the Football Manc Cave looks at what she will bring to Nick Cushings’ side.

The 23-year-old is one of the most highly regarded young defenders. After 6 years at Birmingham, she has now joined Man City and will take the number 2 shirt.

A lot of the Man City women are just arriving back from France where they had semifinal heartache once again. Those girls will have to pick themselves up and get stuck in ahead of their opening fixture with Manchester United, which I am very excited to announce will be played at the Etihad Stadium.

Now what can Mannion bring to the strong Manchester side?

Aspiration

In her first interview as she signed for the club, she has talked about how she is excited to learn from Steph Houghton and Demi Stokes. This shows that she aspires to be in the same league as the Lionesses.

The defender has been a part of the England youth teams since she was under 15. So she will be hoping to also prove to Phil Neville that she’s worth it. In 2015, she was nominated for PFA player of the year and failed to win the award. However, she has been named in the Team Of The Year in the 2017/18 season and again in 2018/19. I think that proves her aspiration to grow as a player already so she can only get better.

Champions League

Man City women finished 2nd last year in the Women’s Super League and this means they will be playing in the Champions League. I presume that as well as the Women’s Super League, the team will want to do well in the competition as a lot of the girls will want to prove themselves after the World Cup.

Mannion spoke about this in her interview and stated how she had played in the Champions League once before with Birmingham City, but wanted another opportunity and now she’s got it. I hope she proves to be a crucial part of the team.

She will now be playing with some of the biggest names in women’s football, Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Karen Bardsley, Ellen White and Jill Scott. My guess is that she will be inspired by them and follow in their footsteps. She’ll be one to watch next season.

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