The Manchester City fans are feeling optimistic in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their trip to face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Monday evening.
Manchester City are set to move into a potentially season defining-week on Monday as they face Wigan in the 5th round of the FA Cup before they travel to Wembley to face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. The prospect of whether City can claim an unprecedented quadruple has been a dominant theme in the clubs season so far, but those ambitions could be dead and buried by the end of the week. The manner in which the club have been performing this season suggests that they should have the beating of both Wigan and Arsenal, but the beauty of football lies within its unpredictability.
The form of The Citizens this season starkly contrasts with the inconsistency they demonstrated last season, and one of the major reasons for their shift in form is due to the arrival of Ederson from Benfica last summer. Ederson has been a revelation for the club since he moved to the club, but his arrival forced a City fan-favourite, namely Joe Hart, to move elsewhere in search of first-team football.
Hart completed a loan move to West Ham last summer and enjoyed a decent run in the first-team at the beginning of the season, but after a handful of high-profile mistakes, he now finds himself playing second-fiddle to Adrian at the London Stadium. According to The Sun, Hart is interested in trying his luck in Europe once again at the end of the season once he has completed his loan move at West Ham.
And City’s back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt) would be wise to consider following Hart’s path and leaving The Etihad at the end of the season to increase his chances of playing first-team football. So far this season, Bravo has made just 8 appearances for the club, 7 of which have been in domestic cup competitions.
Bravo was initially brought to the club to replace Hart, but it soon became apparent that his presence is an unnerving influence on City’s back-line to say the least. However, Bravo has previously shown that he is a fantastic goalkeeper who should be playing first-team football on a weekly basis.
Now that Ederson has firmly stamped his mark on the club and claimed the number one shirt for himself, it seems that Bravo’s first-team opportunities will be hugely limited whilst he remains at the club, so the Chile captain should follow Hart out of Manchester this summer in a bid to kick-start his stuttering club career.