As Manchester City make their strongest challenge for the Premiership title yet, I’ll consider the players who could make City unstoppable next season.
Philipp Lahm– Perhaps the only role in the back five that Mancini is uncertain of his first choice is Left Back. Gael Clichy arrived in the summer with the aim of ending City’s hunt for the missing piece of their back four but he has so far failed to make much of an impact at Eastlands.
One man who could certainly ensure City’s back line becomes one of the most feared and dynamic in Europe is Bayer Munich’s Philipp Lahm. Lahm is amongst the finest Left-backs in world football with a host of consistent impressive displays in top-class competitions, making him exactly the calibre of player required to improve City.
His Champions League experience and the attacking threat he poses cutting in on to his right foot could prove vital to the blues attempts to become serious challengers at European level. At 28 with 85 international caps Lahm is in the middle of his prime and would not come on the cheap, but if there’s one team in world football that could afford him it’s moneybags Manchester City.
Gareth Bale– Although Bale is constantly linked with moves to the giants of Spain or Italy, he could see his dreams of silverware and wealth become a reality at City. Bale’s talent can not be questioned and as Mancini appears eager to further improve the attacking dynamism of his side while also ensuring players are aware of their defensive responsibilities, the Welshman would be a perfect fit.
The sporadic appearances of Adam Johnson in the City team this season demonstrate Mancini’s desire for his side to have width, and Bale is certainly capable of providing world-class width.
Mario Gotze – At the age of just 19 Gotze already has 12 caps for the German national side and is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the World’s finest talents. As the jury still remains out on Samir Nasri’s impact at City, the signing of Gotze would provide genuine competition for places at Eastlands.
At 5ft 9in with astounding technical ability Gotze would fit the mould of Mancini’s midfield. His undoubted quality would allow him to make an instant impact while his young age would allow City to nurture his talent to meet Mancini’s long term vision for City’s play.
Gotze also offers versatility as he can play on the right wing in addition to his usual attacking central midfield role, an adaptability that is becoming increasingly important due to the Premiership’s limitations on squad sizes.
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