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Forget Yazici: Pep Guardiola should boost 18-year-old wonderkid to Man City’s first-team next season

The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been overwhelmed this season by the breadth of attacking options Pep Guardiola has to chose from, but recent reports suggest that City could be set to bolster their options in the summer window. 

The likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and both Silva’s have persistently terrorised Premier League defences this season with their exquisite interplay behind Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, but that has not prevented them from targeting attacking midfielders ahead of the summer window according to a report from talkSPORT. The report claims that City are interested in signing Trabzonspor’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder, namely Yusuf Yazici at the end of the season.

Very little is know about Yazici due to the fact he plays his trade in the Turkish Super Lig, but talkSPORT’s claim that he has been dubbed “the new Mesut Ozil” tells you all you need to know about his glowing reputation. So far this season, Yazici has scored 5 goals and provided 4 assists from 25 appearances for the club.

His record is not ground-breaking, but considering he is only 21-years-old it’s certainly not one to be sniffed at. But despite this, there is reason to suggest that City should abandon their pursuit of the Turkish prodigy. First of all, players who make the switch from the Turkish Super Lig to the Premier League often struggle to adapt and thrive in their new surroundings due to the step up in class, so City would be wise to consider a talent with increased exposure to the English football.

Also, City do not need to splash the cash on new talent to improve their strength in depth next season, as Brahim Diaz’s cameo appearances for the club during the current campaign suggest he is on the brink of breaking into the first-team on a regular basis. Very little was known about Diaz prior to the season, but the huge level of potential he has shown in his 8 first-team appearances this season should give Guardiola plenty of food for thought this summer.

The 18-year-old has plenty to learn still, but he simply couldn’t be in a better environment in which to undertake his footballing education. Diaz needs to work tirelessly to improve his decision making and his composure, but they are both traits which he will naturally improve with time and opportunities, so Guardiola should increase his exposure to the first-team during the next campaign.

City’s owners have pumped extortionate sums of money into the club in recent years and they have reaped plenty of tangible rewards for their investment so far. However, at some point, they will need to make strides to becoming a more self-sustainable club in order to ensure their business goals are achieved, and a sure fire way to achieve that is through trusting Diaz to thrive in the senior squad next season.

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