The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are absolutely loving life under Pep Guardiola so far this season.
The Citizens have stolen a march at the top of the table in the current Premier League campaign to lead rivals Manchester United by eight points after just 12 games. Guardiola’s formidable side continued to impress this weekend with an assured 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne. In the aftermath of proceedings, the only negative talking point to concern the City faithful in the Tavern was the injury acquired by England international John Stones.
City’s defensive situation appeared to be improving when they welcomed their captain Vincent Kompany back to first team action on Saturday, but Guardiola’s post-match admission that Stones could face up to six weeks out with a hamstring injury confirmed that the situation remains precarious at City.
With only three recognised centre-backs currently available to Guardiola, it is no surprise that The Daily Mirror have linked City with a January move for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.
Despite the Dutchman’s reported long-term desire to make a switch to Liverpool, he should opt for a move to the Etihad Stadium if he is handed the choice between the two clubs in January.
Van Dijk’s ability to confidently play out from the back and stride forward with the ball at his feet is perfectly suited to Guardiola’s free-flowing, pass-and-move ethos that the City manager has successfully installed at the club this season.
He would also have the opportunity to build a reputation as one of Europe’s best centre-backs through performing in the Champions League – a competition which Liverpool are not certain to qualify for this season considering the quality of the top six clubs in the Premier League.
Thus, if the Netherlands international wants to squeeze the greatest level of personal success out of his career and achieve the highest level of recognition in the game, then he should favour a move to City over Liverpool in January.
Man City and Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!