Roberto Mancini will soon unveil his second signing as Manchester City boss. It will be highly rated Italian U21 international Marco Motta. It looks like the player will initially move on a 6 month loan, with option to purchase in the summer. But will he be the man to solve City’s right-back problem or will he find himself consigned to the bench, just as was the case at AS Roma?
Motta has came out and said he expects to sign for Manchester City in the next day or so. He comes with high expectations, breaking into the Atalanta side at the age of 18, moving to Udinese and Torino, a regular at both clubs before Roma signed the ever impressive Motta in the January 2009.
He has showed during his time in Italy, excellent turn of pace, the ability to impose himself as an attacking threat with excellent delivery of the ball coupled with great technical ability on the ball. Not to mention his magnificent sense of timing in the tackle and positional awareness.
Captaining the Italy U21 in Sweden last summer, he showcased his leadership skills and never say die attitude, winning over 40 caps for the U21 side he has been called up to the senior team but is yet to make his full debut.
Will he get into the Manchester City first eleven? I think so; he is better technically than Micah Richards, a greater attacking threat and was the most talented young full-back in Italian football, even more so than Davide Santon.
If this is a sign of things to come then Manchester City fans will have a fruitful time ahead.