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Guardiola’s influence should convince this £16.2m-rated ace to opt for Man City next year – Agreed?

Manchester City supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern this season following their side’s incredible campaign to date, which they hope will get even better this evening in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

Pep Guardiola’s men made it 16 wins in a row in the Premier League on Saturday by brushing aside Tottenham 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium, thus maintaining their 11-point lead at the summit of the division come the end of the weekend following Manchester United’s 2-1 success at West Brom. And the Citizens will seek to take another step closer to a first trophy under Guardiola when they travel to Leicester City this evening in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, little over a month on from beating the Foxes 2-0 in the Premier League.

Subsequently, there have been many buoyant Citizens fans in the Tavern so far this season, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve in the second half of the campaign, on both the domestic and European stage.

In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident City supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha with a move to the Etihad.

The 25-year-old has been in sensational form for the Eagles in the last 18 months or so and as such has attracted much attention from several Premier League giants, including Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham, yet it is City who the Ivory Coast international should opt for in the coming transfer windows.

And that’s because the winger would undoubtedly improve under Guardiola, as evidenced by Raheem Sterling’s rise, while the Spaniard would also give him a chance in what is quickly developing into an extremely bright future at the North West outfit.

Ultimately, there’s little doubting that, since taking over at City back in the summer of 2016, Guardiola has seriously improved several of the club’s first teamers, with Sterling’s rise perhaps the most notable.

The England star bagged just six Premier League goals and laid on two assists in his first season at the Etihad back in 2015/16, before adding 18 direct contributions to his tally last term, and already 16 so far this time round.

Overall though, the 23-year-old looks supremely more confident and more at ease on the field than before, and Guardiola’s influence has clearly played a significant part in that, and as such has seen his team reap the rewards from Sterling’s sensational form.

And, as a result, Zaha must be wondering what influence the former Barcelona chief could have on him.

The Ivorian can be a match-winner one day and then completely anonymous the next – he’d need that greater level of consistency, something Sterling has shown, to make the step up. And Guardiola could unlock that.

And when one looks at where City appear to be heading under the Spaniard, it’s surely enough for anyone to be convinced to move there.

The Citizens are almost certainly going to be crowned Premier League champions this term, and could break a whole host of top-flight records along the way, with most goals scored (103), most points accumulated (95), and most wins (30) in particular danger.

And with the young players they have at their disposal, namely Sterling, Sane, De Bruyne, and Gabriel Jesus, they could go on to dominate English football, and plausibly European football, for many years to come. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

And that extremely bright future, alongside evidence of the influence Guardiola has on individual players, should be enough to tempt the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) to strive for a move to City over the other Premier League giants.

Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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