Manchester City supporters have once again been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team ease past West Ham 4-1 to move to within three points of a new Premier League record.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash with the East London club on 90 points and thus five adrift of the record set by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea back in 2005, and they are now just one win away after dismantling the Hammers on Sunday. Goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Fernandinho, alongside a Pablo Zabaleta own goal, sealed a comprehensive victory for the North West outfit, in turn picking up their 30th league win of the campaign to tie the record set by Antonio Conte’s Chelsea last season.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can continue their sensational run of form until the end of the season.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Southampton will listen to offers for defender Ryan Bertrand this summer, who has been linked with City in the past.
And the Premier League champions must seek to get a deal done for the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) during the close season, as doing so would without doubt enhance their Champions League ambitions for next time round.
Ultimately, the left back spot has been something of a problem area for Guardiola this season following the injury suffered by summer signing Benjamin Mendy back in September, an injury which kept him out until their 5-0 win over Swansea City last month.
And it’s arguable that their lack of a genuine and natural replacement has hindered them at times this season, as although Fabian Delph and Danilo have both deputised at left back this term, there have been some uncomfortable moments for both.
That isn’t overly surprising given neither are out-and-out left backs, but it is potentially something Guardiola will have to consider heading into the summer, as he’ll need options in every area of the squad if they are to finally go on and win the Champions League next season.
The sheer intensity with which City have played under Guardiola will always open the door to possible injuries and fatigue, so rotation and keeping players fresh will be crucial in their hunt for European success next term. And Bertrand’s arrival would help with that regard.
And they wouldn’t exactly by getting a player to just fill a gap, they’d be signing arguably England’s number one left back and one who has produced several high-level performances over the years, even if this season hasn’t quite been his best.
And with a Champions League winner’s medal in his pocket after helping Chelsea to the crown back in 2012, he’d also bring a greater amount of know-how to a City side who, under Guardiola, will be expected to go further than their quarter-final showing this term.
As such, while it wouldn’t necessarily be one of the biggest signings the club has ever made, landing Bertrand would without doubt be a significant one, and one that would enhance their Champions League ambitions.
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