Manchester City supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side win for a record 15th successive time in the Premier League with a 4-0 thumping of struggling Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash in South Wales off the back of beating rivals and nearest challengers Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford, and they continued their remarkable run with a dominant display against Paul Clement’s helpless Swans. A brace from David Silva as well as strikes from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero sealed a comprehensive victory for the North West outfit, who at the same time broke Arsenal’s Premier League record of 14 consecutive victories back in 2002 to underline their dominance of the English top-flight.
Consequently, there have been many thrilled City fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve in the second half of the season, both on the domestic and European stages.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to ponder, not least recent reports suggesting that their side are the bookies’ favourites to land Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
The 28-year-old has won one La Liga title and three Champions League crowns during his time at the Bernabeu but has struggled with injury this term, raising questions about his future at the Spanish giants.
And Guardiola’s City have been installed as 7/2 favourites for his signature, in a move which they simply do not need to make come the January transfer window.
Ultimately, when one looks at the current City side, it’s difficult to see where Bale fits in given the current form of the forward players.
Silva has five goals and ten assists this season, De Bruyne six goals and 11 assists, Raheem Sterling 13 goals and five assists, Leroy Sane eight goals and eight assists. The striking duo of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have scored 23 goals between them. They are on fire.
The vast majority of them, especially Silva and Sterling, are playing some of the best football of their lives under Guardiola at the moment, and quite simply are performing at a higher level than what Bale has produced so far this season, even before the injury he sustained back in September.
Also, at the age of 28, the Wales international is seven years older than Sane and four years older than Sterling, both of whom are his direct competitors for a spot down the flanks in Guardiola’s team.
Those two are the future of City, and at the moment, they are the present as well. Add in 20-year-old Jesus and 23-year-old Bernando Silva, and this Citizens side could be set for many a year.
Thus, making a move for Bale would be unnecessary in the January window – he simply isn’t someone the Citizens need at the moment, and may not need in the years to come given the youthfulness of their frontline.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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