Manchester City supporters have been in fine voice in the last few days after their side kept their quadruple hopes firmly alive with a 4-1 success over Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men are comfortably heading the Premier League table while they impressed in the group stage of the Champions League, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup where they will face Championship outfit Bristol City this week. And although the Spaniard has continuously quashed talk of completing the quadruple, it remains on after their win over Sean Dyche’s Clarets on Saturday, despite Ashley Barnes giving the visitors the lead midway through the first half. However, a brace from Sergio Aguero as well as strikes from Leroy Sane and Bernando Silva completed the turnaround, booking City’s place in this evening’s fourth round draw.
Consequently, there have been many happy Citizens fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve in the second half of the season, both domestically and in Europe.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident City supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a £50 million move for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.
The 24-year-old only made the move to the King Power Stadium over the summer but has certainly hit the ground running with starts in all 22 of their Premier League games, helping Claude Puel’s side to five clean sheets along the way.
And the England international has clearly done something right as Guardiola is reportedly keen on bringing him to the Etihad Stadium, and the progression of fellow Englishman John Stones should tempt the centre-back into making the move to the North West.
Ultimately, City spent a lot of money on bringing Stones to the club back in 2016, and although he made some mistakes for the Citizens last term, there’s little doubting that he improved as a player under Guardiola.
And that substantial improvement and confidence in his own ability has been highlighted in his excellent performances for the Premier League leaders this term, with the 23-year-old striking up an outstanding partnership with Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of Guardiola’s backline.
And the manager’s confidence and relentless backing to keep doing what he’s doing must be of interest to Maguire, whose recent performances suggest that he also can go on and become a quality defender.
While the 24-year-old maybe isn’t quite as good as Stones with the ball at his feet, he’s certainly composed enough to suggest that the foundations are there for that to be improved, and while Stones arrived at City lacking some defensive nous, there’s no fear of that with Maguire, whose physical presence and overall strength has him down as one of the brightest centre-backs in the division.
Clearly, at just 24 years of age, Maguire could go on to become an excellent Premier League centre-back, and indeed a strong one for England – Guardiola could nurture that talent.
And based on Stones’ meteoric rise under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man, £13.5 million-rated Maguire (as per Transfermarkt) may see no place better than the Etihad to improve and continue his career development.
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