Manchester City made the perfect start to their Premier League title defence.
The Citizens were given a tricky opening day fixture with a trip to the Emirates to face Unai Emery’s Arsenal. However, Pep Guardiola’s side strolled the game and never looked in danger. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the first half, and Sergio Aguero should have doubled their advantage after the interval. Bernardo Silva wrapped up proceedings with a superb volley from a Benjamin Mendy cross.
Guardiola will be pleased with his side’s performance after leaving Leroy Sane and Kevin de Bruyne on the bench against the Gunners. New signing Riyad Mahrez was decent on his debut, but there is plenty more to come from the Algerian. After failing to sign a defensive midfielder to compliment the winger’s arrival, City will likely splash the cash in the January window.
One man they should try to sign is Leicester City lynchpin – Wilfred Ndidi. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Nigerian midfielder enjoyed an excellent 2017/18 season where he made 33 appearances in the Premier League, notching three assists. Ndidi’s form continued into the new campaign with the 21-year-old impressing during the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
The youngster is the perfect long-term replacement for Fernandinho in the heart of the City midfield. The former Genk man averaged 4.2 tackles per game in the Premier League last season, no one in the league averaged more, highlighting the protection he would give to the City backline (WhoScored). His 76% passing accuracy would need to improve to flourish in a Guardiola system but working under the ex-Barcelona boss will do wonders for his development.
Leicester will not want to lose their prized asset, but City have the funds to tempt them into business.
City fans, thoughts?