Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side open up a 16-point lead at the summit of the Premier League courtesy of a 5-1 hammering of Leicester City on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash with the Foxes off the back of drawing 1-1 with Burnley in their preceding league outing, thus seeing their lead at the top cut to 13 points by neighbours Manchester United. However, the Citizens got back to winning ways emphatically on Saturday as four goals from Sergio Aguero alongside a Raheem Sterling strike saw them cruise past Claude Puel’s Leicester, thus moving 16 points clear at the summit following United’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their side could go on to achieve this season, both domestically and in Europe.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking them with a move for Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld.
And while there is little doubting the Belgium international’s ability and overall influence in Mauricio Pochettino’s side in recent seasons, City should forget about a move for the 28-year-old, as he wouldn’t represent a nod to the future and the ‘dynasty’ the club are seeking to build under Guardiola.
Ultimately, it appears that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss wants to build a team around and develop younger centre-backs, hence he has spent £47.5 million on John Stones, and £57 million on Aymeric Laporte.
And at the ages of 23, both men appear to be the future of the Man City defence, thus helping the Spaniard in his quest to dominate both English and European football while in charge at the Etihad Stadium.
Yes, Alderweireld has been outstanding for Tottenham and has arguably been the best centre-back in the league in recent years, but he doesn’t appear to fit the mould.
At 28, he still has several years ahead of him at the top, but nowhere near as many as both Stones and Laporte, both of whom are only likely to get better under Guardiola’s stewardship in the seasons to come – it’s unlikely Guardiola would invest so heavily in both of them to then bring Alderweireld to the club on a more short-term basis.
This City defence has been the second-best in the division behind neighbours United so far this season, so how much better would Alderweireld really make it? Add in that fact that both Stones and Laporte are the type of centre-back Guardiola wants in his team, and it’s difficult to see exactly how regularly the Spurs ace would play at the Etihad in the years to come.
Undoubtedly, Alderweireld is a quality defender and one of the best the Premier League has seen in recent years, but Guardiola has already set the future up at Man City in the form of Stones and Laporte, two young ball-playing centre-backs who cost him over £100 million between them.
So while he would certainly bolster the Citizens ranks, the Premier League champions-elect simply don’t need to go after the £31.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!