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Pablo Maffeo’s transfer proves Rafa Benitez should land Man City’s 18-year-old wonderkid

The Manchester City fans were disappointed in the Transfer Tavern at the beginning of the week after the club confirmed that Pablo Maffeo will join Stuggart on permanent deal this summer, however, City’s decision to offload their promising young talent could be good news for the Newcastle United contingent propping up our bar.

Pablo Maffeo was widely regarded as a talent for the future at Man City and a player who could eventually challenge Kyle Walker for a starting berth in Guardiola’s eleven, but that notion was disproved on Monday as his imminent departure from the club was confirmed. Chelsea have been criticised this season for using their academy as merely a money-making machine rather than a genuine system from which to recruit talent for the senior squad, as it is traditionally intended for.

The City fans were disappointed by the decision as clubs throughout the Premier League are bound to take note and ponder over a handful of young talents who are coming through the ranks in Manchester. The obvious candidate to target would be Phil Foden, but it seems Guardiola has big plans for the 17-year-old in the years to come, however, he could be persuaded to offload Brahim Diaz this summer.

Diaz’s development and occasional inclusion in City’s first-team has been overshadowed by Foden’s rise this season, but that’s certainly not a fair reflection on his ability. The little Spaniard possesses incredibly quick-feet, the confidence to take on his opposite number and tremendous balance in possession, so there’s no doubt he could become a future sensation in English football.

It’s unlikely that Diaz will be handed sufficient opportunities to realise the full extent of his potential at the Etihad, so he could be persuaded to embark on a new challenge this summer through a temporary loan deal. City’s connection with Girona suggests Diaz could be the next youth player to make the switch to the La Liga newbies, but Rafa Benitez should attempt to hijack any potential deal and bring him to Newcastle.

Ayoze Perez has hit a purple patch at exactly the right time for the Magpies in recent weeks after a season of frustration as the club’s only number ten. Although Perez will finish as the clubs top-goalscorer, Benitez cannot continue to rely on him next season without bolstering his options in attacking midfield, so signing Diaz on a loan deal represents an ideal solution to the problem.

Signing Diaz would undoubtedly represent a risk considering his lack of experience at the top level, but his performances this season suggest he could become a real handful in the Premier League next season.

Newcastle fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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