Pep Guardiola can build on past decisions to fix Man City problem – Steven Railston
Pep Guardiola has not enjoyed unparalleled managerial success over the past decade in making sentimental transfer decisions.
While some would disagree, it was the right move to allow Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero to leave when his contract expires this season, it proved once again that Guardiola did not. not afraid to make major calls that others might avoid.
Among his many great qualities, Guardiola’s ruthless approach to management has been the basis of all of his successes and he will need to build on those instincts to make key transfer decisions this summer as he plans to mount the team. defending the Blues title.
In a remarkable season, Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was previously considered the brave underdog of this City side, shone among the multi-million pound players, delivering consistently solid performances, mocking the 1.7 million. in pounds that City paid for him in 2016..
While signing a player for a substantial transfer fee certainly doesn’t mean that player is successful, in modern gaming the value for money – often under the radar – signing is getting harder and harder to achieve and Zinchenko is a rarity.
Indeed, it is becoming more and more common for players with high prizes to be disappointing, and while it is important to remember that the £ 52million paid by the city for Benjamin Mendy should not be held against the left-back, there’s no denying that he did. it worked.
This assessment is in retrospect, however, and no one can really blame Guardiola for signing Mendy four years ago – the Frenchman had looked sensational for Monaco, achieving explosive raiding runs in their brilliant 2016/17 League campaign. champions.
Then 23, Mendy had become one of the world’s most sought-after defenders and it looked like City landed another future star when they secured his signing, although his career at the Etihad never ended. took off as he had promised.
Of course, unfortunately, Mendy suffered several injuries during his time at the club, but when the left-back came back to full form he failed to consolidate the left-back position and the selections of Guardiola’s team indicate that he is at the bottom of the pecking order.
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Mendy actually has a Premier League title for 16 league appearances, and while it’s a bizarre record, he’s now apparently just an expensive cheerleader on the payroll. Is he an extremely positive and contagious personality? Yes. Does it offer a lot in the field? No.
As reports have emerged linking City to left-backs this summer, the MEN understand that any move for a player in this position is unlikely, unless the club can find a buyer for Mendy, which means the club could be “short” to the left rear until he leaves.
Guardiola’s side cannot afford to have any weaknesses as they attempt to defend their title – there is no room for sentimentality in an elite club.