Not many teams in Europe can boast of being able to beat Manchester City these days. The Sky Blues have become one of the best sides on the continent and play some amazing football. Pep Guardiola has finally stamped his imprint on the team and got it to the level where it can go toe-to-toe with the very best sides in Europe. The likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, and neighbours Manchester United will not feel comfortable having to face Guardiola’s team in the latter stages of the Champions League, for example.
Yet, good as the team has become, there is still room for improvement. Key positions like the wingbacks and the defensive midfield could benefit immensely from an infusion of fresh talents. Let’s take a look at three emerging English talents that can be brought in to fortify the squad.
The Leicester City left back has been in inspired form since breaking into the first team in the last few seasons. His form for the club, where he has become ever-present in the starting line up has earned him a call up to the national team. The 22-year-old has quickly established himself in the team and has become a vital part of Gareth Southgate’s side.
With the left back position having become a problem area for City as a result of Benjamin Mendy’s recurring injuries, signing Chilwell would solve the problem once and for all. Oleksandr Zinchenko may have done considerably well deputising for the injury-prone Frenchman, but compared to Chilwell he lags behind. And that’s not taking anything from the Ukrainian. He deserves all the praise he can get for adapting to an unfamiliar position so well and providing the needed cover when called upon.
Yet, a natural left back like Chilwell will bring much more to the table as far as the position is concerned.
The Crystal Palace right back has been one of the revelations of the season in the Premier League. That has led to numerous speculations concerning his future. He has been linked to several top sides including Bayern Munich and Manchester United. The Cityzens had a closer look at the player in December when he kept Leroy Sane largely ineffective as Man City fell to a shock defeat against Roy Hodgson’s men.
With Kyle Walker struggling for form and becoming inconsistent, Wan-Bissaka will provide a viable alternative to the former Tottenham man. That will push him to work on his game knowing he can lose his place to the 21-year-old moving forward.
Having Chilwell and Wan-Bissaka on either side of the defence will definitely improve the team overall. With Aymeric Laporte and John Stones in the middle, the defence will match or even surpass the best ones in Europe.
The Republic of Ireland wanted him desperately, as he was identified as the future of the country’s football. But despite turning out in the country’s colours in a couple of friendlies, he made a U-turn choosing to commit his future international career to the Three Lions. He made his debut in the recent international break helping England to wins against Czech Republic and Montenegro. But that’s not even the reason why City needs him. It’s what led to the interest in him in the first place.
After breaking into the West Ham first team last season, he has played with such composure, maturity and efficiency that top clubs have been alerted. He’s currently linked with a move to several top sides including Man United and City. The imminent exit of Fernandinho means there’s a need to bring in a defensive midfielder to replace the Brazilian in the long run. Rice fits the bill.
The 20-year-old is far from a finished product yet. But under Guardiola’s tutelage he can develop into one of the best in the world in his position down the road.
Together with Stones and Raheem Sterling this trio will form the foundation of the City team of the future; a side that could become literally unstoppable. That’s aside from matters of meeting the English quota in the team, etc.