Given the fact Manchester City are trailing league-leaders Liverpool by nine points already this season, it’s fair to say this campaign has been somewhat of a struggle.
Indeed, there have been suggestions Pep Guardiola could even walk away from the Etihad should things not go to plan over the course of the campaign and the decision to allow Vincent Kompany to leave in the summer has been questioned ever since Aymeric Laporte’s serious injury back in September.
With that in mind, the Athletic’s Sam Lee delivered his verdict on what the club should do in the transfer market to avoid that kind of mistake happening again. David Silva is due to leave the club at the end of the season and Guardiola has spoken of how he sees Fernandinho as a centre-back going forward after featuring there of late, so Lee believes there’s a need to sign a midfielder in 2020.
As much as it would look like (and possibly even be) a lack of faith in Foden, I do think City would probably need to sign a midfielder next summer. They definitely would if Fernandinho leaves too. Otherwise it’d be another Kompany situation
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) November 24, 2019
Obviously, Phil Foden’s lack of game time has been discussed before and, while Lee does believe it’d look like a lack of faith in the England U21 ace, it’s still something that desperately needs doing.
someone like Fabian Ruiz would be ideal, i’d cry of happiness signing Havertz or something but a slightly more defensive type is necessary
— oli (@olicoulson_) November 24, 2019
Surely now is the time to bring Foden in on a regular basis? He injects much needed energy
— Mike Simpson (@fikes22) November 24, 2019
Why replace Fernandinho again. His successor Rodri is in already…. a year or too early.
— Abu Daud (@RKI2011) November 24, 2019
There is simply no option not to renew Fernandinho. It would be crazy and procrastinating now risks another Kompany situation (something unexpected changing the situation in March/April))
— slbsn (@slbsn) November 24, 2019
They will need to start this overhaul in January for us to have a chance.
— papite (@jgedeon1717) November 24, 2019
Spend some more money Pep!
— Enfys Nest (@happyhughes2001) November 24, 2019
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