Manchester City maintained their excellent form in the Premier League with a routine victory over newly promoted Fulham at the weekend.
The Citizens were eager to build on their early victories following the international break, and the Cottagers were no match for Pep Guardiola’s side. Leroy Sane handed them the lead after just two minutes with David Silva doubling the advantage before the interval. Raheem Sterling’s goals shortly after the break ensured City kept pace with the league leaders.
Their victory leaves City in third behind only Liverpool and Chelsea who have won all five of their opening fixtures. The Citizens strolled to the title last season but couldn’t find success in Europe. They kick off their Champions League campaign against Lyon on Wednesday at the Etihad.
Despite the transfer window being closed, City are reportedly on the search for a new central midfielder and have targeted PSG’s Adrien Rabiot. The Frenchman has less than one year on his deal and is widely expected to leave. Instead, City should be targeting Atletico Madrid superstar – Saul Niguez instead.
Valued at £63m by Transfermarkt, Saul has developed into a crucial player for Diego Simeone’s side after progressing through their youth ranks. The Spaniard has made over 200 appearances after making his debut for the senior team back in 2011. Saul has played every minute in La Liga in Atletico’s first four fixtures.
The 23-year-old is the ideal box-to-box midfielder to suit Guardiola’s system at the Etihad. Saul would offer valuable protection to the City back four, averaging 3.5 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game last season. The youngster loves to transition defence into attack, completing 1.6 successful dribbles per game last year, and would help City break down teams who use a low block (WhoScored).
The Spain international is still improving and developing; working under Guardiola could do wonders for his development and help him mature into a Premier League superstar.
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