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Man City’s best 11 from the FIFA 20 ratings is ridiculous

Man City, unsurprisingly, have the highest rated squad in England, on FIFA 20.

Let’s kick-off in goal. Ederson has had a huge jump in rating, now at 88, is the fourth highest-rated goalkeeper in the league. The 93 kicking is his highest attribute, probably fair, I’ve never seen a ‘keeper kick a ball as far in my life, scary talent.

At right-back, I imagine every man and his dog will be picking Kyle Walker in Ultimate Team. Not because of his 84 rating, but due to his 91 pace, that’s harsh in my opinion, I’d be giving him 95+. At left-back, controversially perhaps, Benjamin Mendy is rated better than Oleksandr Zinchenko. Despite Mendy rarely playing in the past two seasons, and Zinchenko nailing down a starting spot.

Aymeric Laporte is rightly the second-best defender in the Premier League, behind Virgil Van Dijk. Alongside him, you can opt for John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi. Both are rated 83, take your pick. The ball-playing Englishman, or tough-tackling Argentinian?

Man City’s midfield

In the holding role, Fernandinho is rated at 87. His card is so well rounded, a top player in-game and in real life. Rodri has seemingly taken his position in the starting 11, however, the Brazilian has been a top servant to Man City over the years, and will do a job when called upon later in the season.

Kevin De Bruyne is the only Man City player to be rated above 90, as he gets an upgrade to a 91 rated card in FIFA 20. His stats are ridiculous, too. 86 shooting, 92 passing and 87 dribblings. A must for any side. David Silva isn’t bad either, just the 88 passing and 89 dribbling for him. Two wonderful midfielders that are probably the best in the Premier League.

Onto the devastating forward line. Leroy Sane doesn’t make the cut, which tells you everything you need to know. Bernardo Silva lines up on the right-wing, with an 87 overall. Raheem Sterling on the left, 93 pace and 89 dribbling. I expect Walker to have something to say about Sterling having more pace than him, interesting, depends on the distance. While Sergio Aguero is City’s second highest-rated player with 89 and leads the line.

A ridiculous team in real life. A ridiculous team on FIFA 20.

Man City, Man Utd & Chelsea to battle it out for exciting Premier League 20y/o in January?

The Football Manc Cave are exploring why Declan Rice should be a player who is on Man City’s radar.

This article comes after HITC.com reported that Tony Cottee has claimed Man United, Man City and Chelsea should all want to sign him. The 20-year-old has been blossoming at West Ham and for England.

If West Ham manages a good finish in the league this season then Rice staying with the Hammers may be more appealing. However, if other clubs were to come knocking, he would be wise to look at his options.

Cottee has also claimed that he could match the defence line at these clubs and compare to players like Harry Maguire. Declan Rice can play in a range of positions and at his young age, he’s broken into the England team. This has also led Cottee to believe that his profile will now build and he will become a wanted man.

Man City would be sensible to seriously look into signing him due to the departure of Vincent Kompany and the recent injury to Laporte. They need more options at the back that reach Guardiola’s standard. Rice can definitely match that level of play and determination.

Their only issue is getting him before other clubs start looking into him. If the claim ends up being true and Man United And Chelsea also start to look at the West Ham player, Pep Guardiola will once again have a fight on his hands with other top-flight clubs. He’ll just have to make sure the Etihad has the most appeal.

Man City should best consider selling these 2 in January

Guardiola is fortunate enough to have one of the best squads in European football. To such an extent, that it could be time to let some of their brilliant players walk out of the door…

Manchester City has to make way for some of the young talents they have coming through. Losing the likes of Leroy Sane, Phil Foden and promising academy prospects to big European clubs can only slow down their progression.

With this in mind, here are two players that Guardiola could lose without harming the squad. As there are replacements who would benefit from their game time…

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan, 28, recently signed a contract which will take him to 2023 at the Etihad. However, should Guardiola opt against loaning out Phil Foden, the only respectable alternative is to give the youngster first-team football?

Despite Gundogan being a fantastic option as a rotational midfielder, he could be stealing game time away from the Man City youth talent.

Although David Silva is in his final season with Man City, it is probable that the Citizens will replace the Spaniard superstar with a like-for-like talent from a top European club.

Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez, 28, will turn 29 upon the return of the injured Leroy Sane. Who is considering a move to Germany due to a lack of a starting eleven football.

After coming from Leicester, Mahrez himself hasn’t seen an awful lot of game time. And at his age, he could be looking at a move away to ensure a lot of football in the final five years of his career at full fitness.

This would benefit Sane with more game time, ultimately benefiting Man City by having a happy and content world-class winger.

2 key Man City u23’s that will cause Rochdale problems tonight

The future of Man City will face Rochdale in the Leasing.com Trophy and two youngsters, in particular, will be looking to make a name for themselves in this local derby…

Man City could begin to bring players through the youth system as opposed to buying in talent, which would give the club more status in world football. The Leasing.com Trophy gives an opportunity for young talent to face experienced first-team players from lower leagues.

In their first game of the group stage of the competition, Man City u23s will face a decent Rochdale side at Spotland Stadium.

In a tough game against a confident side in a harsh league, the youth of Man City needs to put in a professional display. However, there are 2 players in particular who will put in a huge performance against Rochdale…

Benjamin Garre

Garre, 19, came from Argentina in 2016 to join up with Man City’s academy. This old-fashioned winger has a certain style of play that doesn’t come around so often in modern football, making him a project for the future.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Garre must impress this season. Performing against people his age might not be enough to convince Guardiola that the winger can come close to the first team any time soon. However, a successful run in a competition against experienced players will allow him to prove otherwise.

Iker Pozo

Pozo was a part of the Real Madrid youth academy before joining Man City in 2012. Being part of both of these academies tells you how highly this 19-year-old midfielder is rated.

The Spaniard plays as a defensive midfielder. In a game where they could be considered the underdogs, being attacked heavily by Rochdale is probably on the cards.

This will give Pozo a perfect opportunity to prove his defensive skills. Putting himself in the mind of Guardiola, as someone who could one-day rival Rodri for his defensive midfield position.

Interesting: What if Sanchez had joined Man City over Man Utd…

In January of 2018, Man Utd shook the Premier League by making the astronomical signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal amid interest from Man City…

Football fans speculate that Alexis Sanchez was pursued by Man Utd to avoid him falling into the hands of Pep Guardiola. In a team full of both Premier League talent, but mostly European talent. Including a Premier League dynamo such as Alexis Sanchez could have been seen as an attempt to distance the Blues from the rest of the Premier League even further.

Should this be the case, it explains why Man Utd offered Sanchez wages that would make him the highest-paid player in the country.

Did Sanchez’s wages ruin his career?

After joining Man Utd, a few weeks of dull performances and no chance of winning trophies could have massively harmed Sanchez’s mentality. As a human, he may well have regretted the decision to take a huge money contract over the opportunity to lift the Premier League trophy. Snowballing into the Alexis Sanchez we think of today, one of the biggest transfer flops in Premier League history.

Should Sanchez have opted to move to Man City, he would first and foremost have more trophies than he does now. Furthermore, his form from Arsenal may well have continued or returned to him as his transfer-regret would be non-existent. Resulting in the Chilean remaining in the Premier League to this, scoring and assisting like the Sanchez we used to know and love.

On top of that, Guardiola would have probably recognised the player’s technical ability. Instead of playing Sanchez as an out-and-out winger who is expected to dribble through and past players, he would be utilised as an inverted winger or attacking midfielder who feeds dangerous balls into the attackers behind the defence.

These 2 Rochdale youngsters are guaranteed to cause Man City u23s problems

Rochdale has had an average start to the season, but certain performances from certain players show that they can cause their opponents an issue or two on their day…

Rochdale have won two, drawn three and lost one league game in EFL League One so far, leaving them in eleventh place. With regards to Rochdale’s usual form, things are actually on the up in Rochdale this season.

When The Dale beat Bolton 5-2 in the Football League Trophy, the weakness of their opponent doesn’t give much insight as to how Rochdale will cope with the competition.

However, some performances from their young players have given an insight as to what Rochdale could offer this season. These 2 youngsters, in particular, could see them surpass Man City u23s in the next round of the Football League Trophy…

Callum Camps

This 23-year-old local lad striker will be keen to put in a good performance against Man City u23s. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games so far in League One and is fast becoming one of competition’s most prolific forwards.

Aaron Morley

Morley, who is only 19, has become a first-choice midfielder for Barry-Murphy’s side. He has featured in 5 league games, scoring 2 goals and putting in some fantastic performances.

With Morley in the middle of the park and Camps up top, Rochdale’s attacking threat could be brutal over the coming years should they keep hold of these talents. Should they both feature against Man City u23s, they will most certainly cause their fellow footballing youngsters some serious problems.

2 reasons why sending Man City’s Foden out on loan is a fantastic idea

Pep Guardiola described 19-year-old Phil Foden as ‘the most talented player’ that the Man City boss had ever worked with. But he isn’t getting too much game time at the Etihad…

Ex- Liverpool, Real Madrid and Man Utd man Michael Owen has come out and said that Phil Foden should be sent on loan to get more game time under his belt.

Owen has been in Foden’s position of being one of the most highly regarded youngsters in world football. He said that it isn’t common for players to reach high standards without going out and getting that experience. “Look at the England team, there are hardly any players who go straight through. You have Marcus Rashford but apart from that there are few who don’t go and get experience”.

If Foden’s magnificent display in the recent 2-0 win for England U21’s over Kosovo, where the midfielder scored both goals isn’t enough for him to get onto the team sheet. Then here are two reasons why the youngster needs to be sent out on loan…

Season-ready

Guardiola’s Man City looks very different without one key ingredient; David Silva. He famously features in almost every single game for the Blues. By the way the manager speaks about Foden, it is highly likely that he sees him as the replacement for David Silva. A majestic midfielder who will embody the talent and quality of the entire Man City squad, featuring in every game.

To ready him for this, a season or two in a tough and competitive league such as the Championship would make his transition into first-team football a lot smoother and potentially a lot sooner.

Confidence

Although Foden is blessed with the ability to train with some of the country’s top football talents, the young midfielder will be in the shadow of his teammates. Out on loan, Foden can get a taste for being a first-team fan favourite where his team rely on him for creativity and big performances.

Giving him this hard-working and man of the match mentally will certainly benefit his game upon a return to the Etihad.

Man City’s stand out player in the opening month of the Premier League, agree?

In a Man City squad filled with depth and quality, picking out the one-star man could be tricky. However, with the calibre of performance that this player is giving the club, the choice is much more simple than expected…

Man City currently sit at second place in the Premier League table, a feeling they are not accustomed to. Liverpool currently stands atop the league, having won every game so far. Man City’s 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur is was separates them from the Champions League winners.

However, one player, in particular, looks well on his way to clinching his side a third consecutive Premier League title.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling, who left Liverpool for Man City in 2015, has been in the shadow of striker Sergio Aguero who regularly scores the most goals for Man City in the Premier League amongst other competitions. The Argentine won the golden boot in the 2014/15 season.

As Gabriel Jesus edges his way into first-team football as Aguero edges towards 32 years old this season, it appears that Raheem Sterling is stepping up his game as he wants to be Man City’s number one goal scorer.

In the 17/18 Premier League season, Sterling scored 18 and assisted 15 in 33 games. Last season (18/19) the Jamaican-born Englishman scored 17 and assisted 12 in 34 games.

As it stands in the current season, Sterling has 5 goals and 0 assists in 4 games. But Aguero has 6 goals and 1 assist in 4 games.

Sterling and Aguero have been seen to bicker over penalty-taking rights as he looks to out-do his teammate in the goal-scoring department.

His determination to be the face of Manchester City has to lead to some fantastic performances and even better goals. His fight for the golden boot against his own teammate will likely go to the brink should both players remain injury-free.

2 defenders Man City should be looking at to step-in for recovering Laporte, agree?

The Football Manc Cave are looking at who could step up to replace Aymeric Laporte, after he’s sustained an injury that will see him out for 4-5 months.

As if things weren’t already going to the plan at the back for Man City with Vincent Kompany leaving and injuries affecting the team in other parts like Leroy Sané, things just got worse after Laporte is now recovering after his injury that he picked up against Brighton. He has undergone surgery that will now need time to heal.

Although Man City’s official statement didn’t give an exact time frame, fans have put out their guesses that it will be between 4-5 months. This means that other defensive options will have to be looked at while he recovers…

Fernandinho

Let’s say that Guardiola decides not to look outside of his already talented and capable squad. He’s the first obvious choice that comes to mind because he replaced the injured defender last weekend. Not only this but Fernandinho has said in the past that he’s ready to get back into the squad, and into Pep Guardiola’s good books by dropping into a defensive position.

This unfortunate event gives Fernandinho a chance to try and show the Man City boss exactly what he’s capable of and that he is ready for a challenge. Rodri is also that piece of the puzzle that fills the hole in midfield so Pep Guardiola has answers.

Ibrahima Konate

Like a lot of other football fans are saying, ‘Man City could just buy a replacement with the money they have.’ Well, that’s true, although I’d rather Guardiola have his development players a chance, like Taylor Harwood-Bellis. However, I’ve decided to pick out a defender from another club in case scouts are on the lookout.

He’s impressed greatly in the Bundesliga after joining RB Leipzig and he’s only 20 years old. He’s been a key player in the league and helped book his team a place in the Champions League, after becoming the lowest conceding side.

Man City youngster on his to Celtic, here’s 2 reasons why they’ll be sorry to see him leave 

The Sun has revealed Jeremie Frimpong’s transfer details after he’s moved from Man City to Celtic, and The Football Manc Cave are taking look and revealing why Man City fans will be sorry to see him go.

Celtic have committed themselves to sign Manchester City full-back, Jeremie Frimpong. It’s been said that the deal could potentially include a £1million fee and it’s also emerged that Hoops have shelled out an initial £350,000 for the 18-year-old.

The youngster has spoken about leaving Man City and said, “I came as a boy, leave as a man. Man City will always be in my heart.” So why will Man City fans miss their young defender?

Determination

Frimpong forced his way into the Under 18 squad at City at 16 years old. There was no way he could be left out of the squad as he impressed that much. His ambition for being played in that City shirt grew even more as he was motivated and he continued to impress. He’s trained himself to play on either side of the pitch and also to overlap a winger and provide an attacking outlet too. These are assets that Man City fans will miss and when they see him grow and move in his career, there will be regret to see him leave as he will become dangerous in the future. He’s also been a product of City’s youth so fans will remember him as he develops.

He’ll Be Back

He was one of the quietest deadline day signings but I’m predicting his name will become well known now, and he’ll give fans something to shout about. He’s now got four years to endure with Neil Lennon’s side and I’m not saying that he will definitely make a return to Manchester City. However, I am saying that I think he will make a return to Premier League football or take his career path even further. As he develops, he will build up his value and end up being monitored by top-flight clubs.

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