The Manchester City fans simply couldn’t be any happier in the Transfer Tavern right now, as their side continue to exert their dominance in English football.
Pep Guardiola’s side have found their rhythm this season and become one of the best teams in European football. The Carabao Cup is already in the bag and their enormous advantage in the Premier League has encouraged pundits to speculate when exactly they will mathematically confirm their status as champions, rather than if they will finish in top spot this season. Two trophies have been effectively secured, and they have every chance of adding a third to their cabinet in the Champions League.
Time will tell if City are able to emulate the achievements that their local-rivals boasted in 1999, but regardless of whether they manage to claim three trophies this season, it seems clear that The Citizens are set to enjoy a period of dominance in English football with Guardiola at the helm. City have managed to achieve huge success this season despite the long-term absence of their only natural left-back, namely Benjamin Mendy.
However, according to The Daily Mail, City are looking to bring some extra competition to challenge Mendy for a starting berth next season by signing Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt). The report claims that Tottenham and Manchester United are also long-term admirers of the 17-year-old who has scored 14 goals in The Championship this season.
Although a move for Sessegnon would undoubtedly be a fantastic forward-thinking addition to City’s squad, his presence at The Etihad could negatively impact on Fabian Delph’s career at the club and make him surplus to requirements. So far this season, Delph has predominantly been deployed as a left-back to cover for Mendy during his lengthy absence.
His performances in an unfamiliar role have been thoroughly commendable, but it seems unlikely that he will be needed to slot into that position again following the signing of Sessegnon. Naturally, Delph could easily slot back into a central midfield role again, but if City sign further talent in that position this summer then first-team opportunities will inevitably decrease.
At this stage, the situation discussed is hypothetical, yet extremely plausible considering Guardiola will be eager to strengthen the areas in which he is short of depth. Despite Delph’s noble effort to impress whilst playing out of position this season, it’s more than likely that he would become something of a peripheral figure at the club following City’s summer spending spree.