Manchester City loaned five first team players on Transfer Deadline Day, and one of them already has a number at his new team.
As soon as he arrived at Valencia on a season-long loan deal, Eliaquim Mangala was already assigned a shirt number for this campaign:
¿Ya conoces a @Elia22Mangala? Así juega el nuevo 5️⃣ valencianista ➡ https://t.co/BAZdz0BzIw pic.twitter.com/OpAkYRN2IX— Valencia CF (@valenciacf) August 31, 2016
Mangala was brought in as a replacement to Shkodran Mustafi, who left Valencia to join Arsenal this week, and the Frenchman gets Mustafi's old number as well, which clearly shows Eliaquim will be an integral part of Valencia's defense alongside the great Ezequiel Garay, also brought in by the Spanish side on deadline day to form a powerful pairing in the center of the defense with Mangala.
Despite his poor performances for City after arriving from FC Porto on a £40 million deal, Mangala displayed good qualities that will make him a good option for Valencia. He isn't technical enough to play Pep Guardiola's style, but he's a solid defender and will play with a world-class center-back, which helps him.
Good luck, Mangala!