The Citizens in the Transfer Tavern are loving life under Pep Guardiola this season and are beginning to dream of a first-ever Champions League trophy in May. Indeed, the Spaniard’s city slickers look like one of the best teams in the world right now.
Manchester City have thoroughly enjoyed a breathtaking opening to the campaign in Guardiola’s second season at the helm. Taunts of ‘Fraudiola’ that persisted from fans across the world throughout City’s trophy-less campaign last year have been firmly quashed by City’s impeccable early-season form.
City have only failed to win in one of twelve outings so far this season, when they drew 1-1 at home to Everton at the Etihad in August.
There is a tendency from the media to build hype during the opening stages of the season, by making predictions for title-winners based on only a handful of games.
For example, the Citizens propping up the bar will be the first to tell you about City’s two previous Premier League campaigns. After bursting out the blocks in the opening few weeks, they were widely tipped to emerge as champions, however, they failed in their title pursuit on both of these occasions.
If City are to achieve the honours they are capable of this season, they simply cannot afford to have any weak links holding back their star-studded squad.
The emergence of Fabian Delph who has performed impeccably at left-back in the absence of long-term Benjamin Mendy, serves to emphasise the quality of strength in depth of the current City squad.
Considering City’s scintillating form, it may seem absurd to suggest the sale of any one of their players right now, however, there are still players within the City ranks who director of football Txiki Begiristain should do his very best to offload in the January transfer window.
With that in mind, here are three players who should leave Manchester City in January.