Pep Guardiola isn’t the kind of man who suffers time-wasters kindly but there’s one currently within his ranks who will surely be shown the door soon if he doesn’t improve.
Often considered one of the greatest managers of all time for his heroics in Spain, Germany and now England, Guardiola does not compromise when it comes to quality and effort.
And Manchester City, who he’s managed since 2016, have climbed to a whole new level because of it.
They set the record for points in their title-winning season last year and they’re now competing for all four major trophies available to them; the Premier League, Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup.
He’s done this because he only entertains the best of the best. The likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Ederson. Top quality talent who will help the team secure silverware for years to come.
Then there’s Benjamin Mendy…
The defender joined from Monaco for a record fee of £52m back in 2017. Manchester City who, in retrospect, grossly overpaid for the player to help address the long-standing void they’d had in the left-back position (source: The Guardian).
For their troubles? A social media merchant who’s spent more time playing off the pitch than on it.
There’s no doubt that Mendy is a talented player; there isn’t a player in the Premier League who can match his marauding runs and creative ability once he’s got going. But that’s the trouble: he never gets going.
However, only 20 appearances in all competitions is a pretty poor return on Manchester City’s mammoth investment.
Fans will be hoping that the news of his return to training is the start of Mendy’s career at City and he can make more positive contributions going forwards. Otherwise, he’ll go down as the most expensive social media manager in the world.