City’s Fantasy Centre-Back 4

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JULY 02: Leonardo Bonucci of Italy celebrates scoring his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade Matmut Atlantique on July 2, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Verdict from The Blue

Out: Nicolas Otamendi, Tosin Adarabioyo (out of contract)

In: Leonardo Bonucci, Virgil Van Dijk, Michael Keane.

So here we are again, my blue brothers.

Another season coming to an end. Another failed Champions league campaign and once again, every pundit under the sun berates us for our defensive fragility.

We are known as the team with the soft underbelly and gone are the days when we were anchored by Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany.

We’ve tried promising youngsters like Matija Nastasic, Stefan Savic and Eliaquim Mangala, seasoned pros like Martin DeMichelis and proven La Liga stars like Nicolas Otamendi.

However since we last won the title we have not been able to get the centre-back pairing right.

 

John Stones

He’ll do for us. With his improving nuts-and-bolts blocks and tackles to add to his great distribution, he is the one guaranteed starter for Pep Guardiola next season. But due to the bad signings of the last few years, Stones will need a trio around him at centre-back to bring us forward and The Blue would like to suggest 3 names. Ok here goes:

Leonardo Bonucci

I think we can get him this summer.

He’ll be our Daddy. Youngsters like Stones would have no better tutor and the legendary Juventus star, although expensive, would have a fan in Guardiola and would install precious European know-how.

Virgil Van Dijk

A rugged and battle-hardened Premier league performer, Virgil Van Dijk, possessor of the coolest name in football would be the number two deputising for Bonucci. In a rotation system, either he or Bonucci would partner a promising young Englishman in City’s backline benefiting both Blues and the national team.

Michael Keane

Keane has not been talked about much as a potential City target yet, but just wait for it. The Blue predicts that this is coming. Many pundits are suggesting that Keane and Stones are England’s centre-back pairing of the future and despite all the foreign names attached to our club lately, we cannot ignore the directive that applies to all European clubs regarding the number of homegrown units needed.

So why not avoid signing ‘placeholder’ players (Fabian Delph, Scott Sinclair, Richard Wright, Jack Rodwell) and enlist the services of the next young England regular who with Stones can partner with Bonucci and Van Dijk to prepare our backline for years ahead.

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