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.
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.