This is the fresh news today:
Tuttosport: After completing the £32m signing of Mangala, City have officially put Matija Nastasić up for sale. pic.twitter.com/AxAh2PqZoG— Messi Minutes (@MessiMinutes) August 6, 2014
Ok, slow down. Is Nastasic going to be sold?
Hmm, I would like to think not, but there's a lot of smoke.
Why would he be sold?
A second season slump, some injury problems and, potentially, a lack of trust in his abilities. But we will get to that later.
Fine, how good is he?
I think he is an excellent defender, who at a very tender age was able to play against the best CL and PL players and not look out of place. And he did that while just 19/20 years of age.
How good will he be in the future?
Difficult to tell; players need to be willing to learn and apply themselves, coaches need to be able to teach and reach players as individuals in order to help them develop. Have all these things happen in regard to Nastasic? Who knows, but they should be happening and they probably have.
Strengths: quick enough, calm feet, an even calmer head under pressure. Rarely beaten one on one, positionally sound.
Weaknesses: could sometimes get too tight, unsure when to step out, struggles with the high line and MP's system, and looked like he had issues with his confidence.
The weaknesses could be attributed to any young player?
Yep. It is difficult to know what the future holds but the ability to play in one of the best league's at such a young age is usually a giveaway on future potential.
If player X can perform at 19 yo in a very tough league whilst playing the difficult position of CB, then he should, if coaching/willingness to learn/no injury issues are all fine, become an accomplished player.
It is very unlikely that a players peak years are 19 and 20. It has happened, but it is rare in cases where serious injury isn't the cause.
So why would Man City consider selling him?
Maybe they won't sell him, maybe it's all just bulls...
Answer the question?
- Injury concerns.
- A Madrid/Morata type sale to get him game time and development time while still retaining the ability to bring the player back in 2 years time.
- An inability to fit into the system.
- An as yet unseen fundamental flaw in his game.
- Desperately wants to leave.
- Man City believe there is a player in-house, or due to arrive, that is his vast superior.
- Could be.
- Should be taught if he is struggling.
- I haven't seen it.
- Leave to where? Italy, does he love Italy that much? Does anyone?
- Unlikely. Only Rekik and Denayer could be billed as genuine prospects at this moment. Both players seem years away from the ability Nastasic showed at age 19/20 in playing in the CL & PL. But what of Mangala.