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Man City fans happy to see midfielder going further afield ‘If this is true, I am glad. would not like seeing him play to another team in Europe’

According to the Independent, David Silva could be joining David Beckham’s new Miami team.

David Beckham is setting up a team out in Miami and is out on recruitment. Beckham knows what it’s like to be world-famous and then brought into an American team to bring in a wider audience. Now it looks like he’s using the same tactics as a business plan.

In the team that he’s calling Inter Miami, names like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been mentioned. However, one name that seems more realistic is Manchester City legend, David Silva. He’s already spoken about how he wouldn’t want to join another Premier League team after his time is up at Man City, and that will be at the end of this season. So, could a move to America be on the cards?

Here are your reactions…

2 pros and 2 cons to Man City bringing in Serie A defender on loan to replace Laporte

It isn’t new news that Aymeric Laporte is out for Man City. However, it is new information that he’s had surgery which may put him out for longer than expected. The Football Manc Cave have picked out a player who Guardiola could get in on loan.

If Pep Guardiola wants his team to battle it out for the title again with Liverpool, then he needs to sort the defence out as soon as possible. The loss this weekend against Norwich was down to defensive mistakes. It’s unfortunate for the Blues because they knew they’d have issues at the back when Vincent Kompany left, but things have gotten worse with injuries.

Now that it’s really affecting their play, it’s probably time to find a replacement and that might have to happen in the January transfer window. Virgil Van Dijk and Laporte have both been compared to one another because they are deemed the best defenders in the Premier League.

Guardiola would have to find someone of that standard and one man who does live up to that is, Kalidou Koulibaly.

Here are two pros and cons for if the 28-year-old was to have a loan spell in Manchester…

Pro: Liverpool Wanted Him

With Liverpool being City’s brightest competition in the Premier League, how great would it be to take a player that they wanted in the past? They’ve admitted that if the deal with Van Dijk wouldn’t have gone through, Koulibaly would have been their next choice. That also proves that he’s up to standards.

Pro: Experience

He’s worked hard to get where he is. He’s spent his youth years at Saint-Dié and Meta. He had to work his way up through Meta’s B team so that he could break into their senior squad. The Frenchman has also played for Genk before moving to Napoli. He’s had 158 appearances for his most recent side since 2014.

Con: Own Goal

Every player has a bad game, every player makes mistakes, however, Koulibaly scored an own goal for Napoli a few weeks ago which handed Juventus a win. Mistakes like that happen from time to time but can Guardiola take a risk like that at this time? Absolutely not.

Con: Too Late

No matter who Guardiola decides to either bring in or work up from development, it could be too late. City has already thrown away points against Norwich which should have been a clear win. January is too far away for this defence to be sorted because of the number of games that will need to be played first.

It’s the work on the training ground that needs to be looked at with the players that Guardiola already has available and from all levels.

Man City’s 2 key fixtures in 2019 to claw back Liverpool’s lead

Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t have a performance that went to plan this weekend. The Football Manc Cave are working out where they can claim some points from to work their way to the top of the league.

The City boss is known for winning. He’s known for getting the absolute best out of his squad and always piling the pressure on his players no matter who they are playing. They faced Norwich this weekend who were putting out a last minute team, as most of their first choice squad were injured. If you were betting, you would have gone with Man City all day.

The shocking loss to Norwich notwithstanding, Man City remain odds-on favourites to win the 2020 Premier League title, sitting at 2/3 compared to league-leading Liverpool at 3/2. Most sites reviewed here don’t view the five-point gap between City and Liverpool as much of a hurdle with 33 fixtures still to be contested. But closing the gap will require the Reds to do something they haven’t done in 14 straight league matches, drop points at home or on the road.

Now we are looking at which fixtures Man City should definitely take some points from in the remainder of 2019, that will get them back on top…

Watford

Man City’s next League game will see them face Watford at home. This should see the Blues take all three points and quite easily if they don’t have the same issues they did against Norwich. Watford is bottom of the league, yet to win and City should be able to take advantage of that.

If they can take three points from this, that will take them to 13 points. They need to catch Liverpool’s 15, however, they’ve given themselves a massive job to do as Liverpool have played 5 and won 5, City has lost one and drawn against Tottenham so these three points are crucial.

Man United

On the 7th of December, Man City will have their derby against their rivals at the Etihad. By this time, hopefully, City would have gotten their defence in order and Pep Guardiola would have them on a winning streak again.

Man United aren’t performing great at the minute and City will be hoping to take all three points from the Red Devil’s, especially on home soil. There are other games that will be easier for the Blues along the way, however, getting three points against Man United will be better than claiming them off a team who are in a relegation spot.

The defence at City is clearly an issue, anyone can see that from the highlights of the Norwich game. So playing a team like Man United who recently only beat Leicester City 1-0 and didn’t have many chances at all, should be an easier game for the defenders.

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.

Forget Luis: Man City & Man Utd should do battle over this powerful youngster instead

The Football Manc Cave have already explained how Man United have joined the race for Benfica midfielder, Florentino Luis. Now we are looking who else could be considered.

The Mirror revealed how Florentino Luis has drawn comparisons to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante which made him a wanted man for some big clubs. Pep Guardiola is one man rumoured to want to sign the 20-year-old midfielder and now Man United have supposedly joined that battle.

However, they’ll have a tough fight on their hands with how they currently appeal to players. If you were a footballer ready for a move and you had two clubs making you an offer. One who were winning trophies and battling for the top of the league and the other still trying to find their feet and gel as a team while not winning anything for a while – who would you go to?

This is why Man United need to go for players who might want a change and Old Trafford to be that change. Bearing that in mind, Leicester City’s man could be perfect…

Wilfred Ndidi

A 22-year-old midfielder who is arguably one of the best tacklers in his league. He currently plays for Leicester and fits in comfortably there. He’s previously played for Genk and the only other team he’s explored at is the Foxes. Therefore, Man United could be a realistic option if he wanted to have a change in his career soon.

It would be a great signing if Man United could tempt him and pull it off. The only thing is, good rising players always come with other clubs wanting them, so City could also end up interested as they are currently in the running for Luis proving that they are looking at midfielders.

His current contract also doesn’t end until 2024. However, on the plus side, back in June, The Manchester Evening News reporter that Ndidi has heard clubs like United and Arsenal were looking at him, and he admitted he was ‘flattered’ by the interest which means it could always be a possibility.

Is Trevor Sinclair right about Man City’s 24y/o?

Trevor Sinclair has claimed that Raheem Sterling is ‘already up there’ with Ronaldo and Messi. At only 24-years-old, how long will it be until he surpasses them?

Football fans of all loyalties will admit that Raheem Sterling is one of the best talents available right now. If those football fans are English, they have the privilege of supporting him in a white shirt on the international stage.

Sterling has scored six goals and gotten four assists in the four UEFA Euro Qualifier games so far. Which is not only a testament to England rapid improvement over recent years but also to the talent of the individual.

The winger seems to have developed a keen eye for goal. Looking to rival teammate Sergio Aguero on the Premier League goals tally, even resulting in a spat or two over who takes the penalties.

Upping his game

Sterling is currently on five goals, whilst Aguero tops the table on seven, in less game-time. Sterling rivalling himself against one of Europe’s best goal scorers demonstrates what kind of challenge Sterling is up for.

Many players have this sort of talent, and many others have this sort of appetite and attitude. However, when an individual excels in both their physical ability and their mentality, the concoction results in the type of players we hear about growing up. Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta, Van Persie etc.

Sterling is well on his way to becoming a player of that ilk, for he has not already. Performing on a domestic and national stage it pivotal to becoming one of the world’s greatest players, and he certainly does both.

Perhaps a good run or two in the Champions League, plus the retirement of Messi and Ronaldo, will be enough for the World to accept that Raheem Sterling is one of the best players in the game.

‘FARKE ME, let’s be having you’ Plenty of reaction to Man City’s first loss to Norwich

Norwich City turned the form book upside down yesterday, as their depleted team came away with the three points against Man City.

Man City faced a poor Norwich squad today as a lot of the squad were injured. This should have been an easy win for Pep Guardiola’s side. If you were like me today and just happened to check the score on your phone when you had the chance, you would have had a shock.

3-2 to Norwich with them going 2-0 up and having a 3-1 lead for a long time. I’m still in shock. I thought this game would be a walk in the park for the Blues, especially with Norwich having to have goalkeepers in the bench as outfield players. I text a City fan at 3-1 and he replied: “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Here are your reactions…

If Man City sort these 2 issues out, Norwich City will not know what’s hit them

The Football Manc Cave is taking a closer look at Man City and Norwich as they face each other this weekend.

Currently, Man City sit 2nd in the league on 10 points. Norwich is 19th on 3 points. On paper, City should easily have this in the bag. They’ve recently beat Brighton 4-0, Bournemouth 3-1 and drawn with Tottenham 2-2. Norwich, on the other hand, has lost 2-0 to West Ham and lost 3-2 to Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola will obviously want his side to do everything possible to be top of the league and overtake Liverpool. The Blues have the upper hand tomorrow as Liverpool face Newcastle at 12.30. Man City don’t play until 5.30pm, which means that they’ll have the early game score in their minds for when they go for glory at Norwich. Does Man City need to make any changes to make sure they come away with 3 points?

Defence

Man City’s defence has been the topic of conversation for months. At first, fans were wondering who would have to replace Vincent Kompany, now that Aymeric Laporte is out injured, that’s taken over the conversation.

Pep Guardiola has used his tactics to drop Fernandinho to a defensive position, and John Stones is also a name who has been mentioned as he has supposedly recovered from a thigh injury.

International Break

Raheem Sterling is on top form at the minute and Kevin De Bruyne could assist pretty much anything too. The two have both been out in the international break playing for England and Belgium and proving their skill.

Now they will need to have their mind set back on the Premier League and settle back into their weekly job at hand. I do predict that City will win and they’ll bag a few goals. It will be a matter of which of their goal scorers can find the back of the net and how many times. Hopefully, the later kick-off and the fact that Liverpool plays first will help give the squad an indication of exactly what needs to be done.

Loan Watch: 2 exciting Man City youngsters you should keep tabs on, could be worth big money

The Football Manc Cave is taking a close look at 2 Man City players currently out on loan who may return to the Blue’s improved.

Pep Guardiola’s squad has talent in all areas, and not just in the starting eleven, in the development squads too. It’s hard to get a starting spot at the Etihad so in order to get playing time or catch Guardiola’s eye, a loan spell should be on the cards for the younger, less ranked players.

Here are two players who are currently out on loan to other clubs from Man City, who fans should keep their eye on for when they return to the Etihad.

Arijanet Muric

In the summer, I listed him as a player who would benefit from another loan spell. He’s no stranger to them and he’s only 20 years old. There are enough goalkeeping options at City, so his best career move would have been to go and get playing time somewhere else. He went to Nottingham Forest this season and is getting on the bench for the club.

You may also recognise his name from the England game this week when they faced Kosovo. He was their keeper who saved that Harry Kane penalty. He does have some shaky periods in games where he doesn’t look too confident, but then you have to consider that he’s still only 20 and can learn. Hopefully, his loan spells will prepare him for when his time comes at the Etihad.

Ryotaro Meshino

I’ve already reported about this attacking midfielder this summer as he was a name on the list of players to bring in for City and they managed it. They thought that the best way to prepare him for his time at Man City would be to send him out on loan, and Hearts was the club he went to.

He’s only 21, he is highly rated and isn’t just comfortable as a midfielder. Meshino can adapt to a left-wing and striker position. In Hearts most recent game, he came on as a sub so he will be getting used to playing time and also the crowds at football over here, as he’s never been out of his own country to play. When he returns to the Etihad, hopefully, he will also be prepared.

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.

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