Manchester City kept the pressure on Liverpool in the Premier League title race with a 6-0 thrashing of rivals Chelsea.
The Citizens simply blew the Blues out of the water with Sergio Aguero netting another hat-trick as well as goals from Raheem Sterling Ilkay Gundogan. The result continues City’s excellent form of late and moves them back on top of the table though Liverpool have a game in hand. Attention will now turn to the FA Cup tie against minnows Newport County.
Regardless of who finishes at the top of the pile in May, Pep Guardiola must prioritise signing a new midfielder to replace Fernandinho in the summer. The Brazilian is approaching the twilight of his career but remains a pivotal player for the Spaniard. It has been suggested that Guardiola could transform the Brazil international into a central defender after a midfield replacement has been found.
The ideal signing would be Wolves maestro – Ruben Neves. Valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old was tipped for a bright future after emerging from Porto’s youth academy. Neves captained the Portuguese side in the Champions League at the age of 18 and it was Wolves who won the race for his signature thanks to the power of super agent Jorge Mendes. Neves was a key player during their Championship win last season and has continued his excellent form in the higher division.
The Portugal international has chipped in with three goals and two assists in the Premier League from defensive midfield and is one of the first names on the team sheet at Molineux. Neves offers the defence a valuable layer of protection, averaging 2.3 tackles and interceptions per game this season (WhoScored). He is ideal for Guardiola’s system at the Etihad as Neves is known for his fantastic range of passing and overall quality on the ball.
The youngster is getting better with every game – he could prove to be a mainstay in the City engine room for the next decade.
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