Manchester City supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side remain on course for the quadruple with victories in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup against Burnley and Bristol City respectively.
Manager Pep Guardiola has continuously played down talk of his side winning all four trophies this season, but given their almost unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League, alongside their progression in both domestic cups and the Champions League, it is very much on. And this week has strengthened their chances as they kicked off their FA Cup quest with a 4-1 win over Burnley last weekend, before edging closer to the Carabao Cup final by beating Bristol City 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final at the Etihad Stadium.
Thus, there have been many buoyant Citizens fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are daring to dream about what their club could go on to achieve in the second half of the season, both domestically and in Europe.
In the meantime though, transfer talk has been rife among our resident City supporters recently, especially reports linking them with moves for West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.
Yet Guardiola should forget about a move for Northern Ireland’s Evans, and instead focus all his attentions on bringing 24-year-old Maguire to the Etihad Stadium this month.
And that’s because the Englishman’s talent and potential is clear for all to see, and could well be realised much in the same way John Stones’ has since his move to City.
Maguire has played every single minute of Leicester’s 22 Premier League games so far this season, comfortably becoming the club’s senior central defender, at the same propelling into England contention with a string of impressive performances.
Yet the former Hull City defender has also proven his ability on the ball and in possession so far this term, which is sure to be of interest to Man City boss Guardiola, who clearly encourages his defenders to do the same.
And there’s no reason why Maguire couldn’t strike up an excellent partnership with compatriot Stones, as although the latter is probably better on the ball than Maguire, the Leicester man is arguably better defensively, while he is still hugely adept with the ball at his feet, much in the same way Stones has improved as a defender under Guardiola.
That combination could prove extremely difficult for teams to break down, and although Evans has proven his worth over many years in the Premier League, he turned 30 last week, and if Guardiola is seeking to build a ‘dynasty’ at the Etihad, he may prefer slightly younger and more long-term signings.
Ultimately, Guardiola’s track record, evident in his short time at City since his appointment back in 2016, of improving players is unquestionable, and with the foundations already there for Maguire to go on and become a quality defender, based on his time at both Hull City and Leicester, he could develop a great partnership alongside Stones for many years to come.
And this long-term planning, as well as short-term gain, should encourage Guardiola to forget about a move for Evans, and instead focus his efforts on bringing £13.5 million-rated Maguire (as per Transfermarkt) to Man City.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!