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Opinion: Mendy must take advantage of Manchester City’s quiet transfer window

Opinion: Mendy must take advantage of Manchester City’s quiet transfer window

Manchester City went into this transfer window with midfield and attack the two areas of the squad manager Pep Guardiola had hoped to strengthen. 

Riyad Mahrez was brought in from Leicester City in a club-record deal to fulfil the latter, but the Premier League champions have been left with a bit of a dilemma in regards to midfield after missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea.

As well as midfield, though, Manchester City could also do with another left-back.

However, with that not currently an area of the side that Guardiola sees as needing urgent attention, Benjamin Mendy will finally have the chance to make his mark at the Etihad.

The £36m-rated (via Transfermarkt) France international joined the Citizens for big money last summer, but was sidelined for the majority of the season through injury.

As a result, Fabian Delph was given the task of deputising for him in the position. And while the England international did a good job there, you would expect a fully-fit Mendy to have that left-back spot locked down now that he has returned back to full fitness.

Prior to his move to the Etihad, Mendy helped AS Monaco beat Paris Saint-Germain to the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title in a season where the 24-year-old was rated as one of the best left-backs in Europe.

Given the lack of competition in the position at Manchester City, Mendy will undoubtedly get the opportunity to rediscover that form, which would come as a huge boost for Guardiola.

Before he got injured, Mendy was devastating on the left flank for the Premier League champions, providing the side with an extra outlet in attack.

With the arrival of a left-back unlikely this summer, there is not much standing in Mendy’s way to nailing down a spot in Guardiola’s starting XI and becoming one of the best in his position once again.

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