The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern could hardly be any more content with the development of their club this season, but that has not prevented them from suggesting their club should splash the cash once again this summer.
One of Pep Guardiola’s most defining characteristics as a manager is his desire to achieve perfection. After almost every fixture he seems to have a minor grievance with concern to his side’s performance, regardless of how dominant they have been. In order to achieve perfection, the club always has to be searching for new ways to develop and improve, and the transfer window provides one of the best opportunities to do so.
With that being said, it’s likely that Guardiola will have every intention of signing a new left-back in the summer to support Benjamin Mendy when he returns from injury, however, Fabian Delph (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) should sacrifice his preference for playing central midfield and convince his manager that he is willing to continue providing defensive cover.
So far this season, Delph has made 23 appearances for the club in all-competitions, the vast majority of which have been at left-back to cover for the injured Mendy. Despite the fact he has predominantly played as a central-midfielder for the majority of his career so far, Delph has been consistently solid in his unfamiliar position and looked completely comfortable regardless of the talent of his opposite number.
The quality of his performances suggest he is more than capable of deputising for Mendy in the long-term whilst also providing cover in central midfield. His versatility could become an incredibly useful asset for the club in the years to come, but if a new left-back arrives in the summer it’s likely that Delph may be forced to consider his options due to a lack of first-team opportunities.
Delph has demonstrated a commendable attitude this season whilst playing in a new position, and the least Guardiola can do to repay him is allow him the opportunity to challenge Mendy for a place in the first-team once he recovers from his long-term injury next season. Naturally, this is a dilemma which must be discussed between player and manager at the end of the season, so if Delph wants to enjoy a bright future at the club then he must convince Guardiola to cool his interest in any left-backs that may be on his radar.
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