Pep Guardiola’s revolution at Manchester City has been a genuine treat for the supporters to coo over since he took charge at the club in 2016, but he will feel his work is incomplete until he clinches the Champions League.
City are more than capable of holding their own against Europe’s most prestigious clubs both on and off the field, but until they put a Champions League trophy in their cabinet they will continue to exude a persona of the new kid on the block.
It’s the most desirable trophy of all and it’s the one which City supporters crave the most, so Guardiola will undoubtedly be eager to lead his side to victory in the competition before he waves goodbye to Manchester.
In truth, City were undone last season by Liverpool’s dominance in midfield with a midfield trio containing Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain, James Milner and Jordan Henderson proving too dynamic, energetic and incisive for the club to handle.
At 33-years-old Fernandinho cannot be relied upon to single-handedly marshal the midfield in high magnitude fixtures, and it’s about time he was given some support in the most important area on the field of play.
With that being said, Guardiola must turn to one of Europe’s most exciting young talents to add the final piece to the City jigsaw, namely Tanguy Ndombele.
The 21-year-old enforcer went head-to-head with City in the Champions League last week and he continued to enhance his glowing reputation with a complete display in midfield, nullifying the typically potent threat posed by David Silva between the lines of midfield and attack.
Combining defensive solidity with forward-thinking dynamism, Ndombele would be an excellent long-term replacement for Fernandinho and, in the short-term, his presence alongside the Brazilian could prove to be the difference between another quarter-final exit and a Champions League final this season.
Lyon only paid £7.2 million to secure his services in the summer and that fee already represents an absolute snip of his true value, so there’s no doubt they are well placed to make a healthy profit on their initial investment.
But with the financial resources to make a deal happen and a clear gap in their midfield which needs to be filled if they want to claim the greatest club prize in world football, City would be incredibly wise to finance a deal for the immensely talented Ndombele before another budding Champions League winner swoops in for his signature.
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