You may have heard by now that Manchester City are trying hard to sign Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion, and even though the Baggies have rejected an £18 million bid, City will probably come back with a bigger offer to make the deal happen.
A lot of people think this is a completely crazy transfer that doesn’t make any sense, and that City will overpay for a 29-year-old defender who’s not good enough to play for a Premier League contender. But you know what? Jonny Evans to Manchester City makes a lot of sense.
Because Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer are set to leave the club until Deadline Day and Tosin Adarabioyo is too young to have any impact, City need a fourth center-back to add depth to the position, especially if Pep Guardiola sees the 3-5-2 as his preferred formation for the season.
City are hoping to get around £25 million for Mangala and Denayer, and that would probably enough to convince Tony Pulis to sell his club captain. If the deal happens and Evans comes, he’ll check a lot of boxes in terms of what City need out of a fourth CB.
What Guardiola sees in Evans is a very experienced center-back with many Premier League seasons under his belt and a very good personality. Evans has been a natural leader since his days at Manchester United, and it’s not easy to be the captain of a Tony Pulis team.
Evans is not only an experienced leader, he’s also a good player. He is a good passer who will be comfortable playing out of the back in Guardiola’s system, and he’s a strong defender who wins 1v1 duels. Evans can also play at full-back, which makes him a very solid all-around option for the entire defense.
Remember, Jonny Evans will be the FOURTH center-back in the squad, which means he’ll play only a few matches to give Vincent Kompany a chance to rest in smaller games.
Evans is a better option than Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough, who is younger but will cost a lot more than what City want to pay for a squad player. £25 million is still a lot for a squad player, but this is the market these days.
So to sum up: Evans is experienced, a leader, a good player and someone who’ll add depth and to an important position in the squad. Why not sign him?