Following Manchester’s City‘s rapid head-start over their rivals in transfer window acquisitions, many fans are beginning to play with line-up building apps to imagine how the team will look next season.
The acquisitions of Bernardo Silva and Ederson have brought a little clarity to this kind of pastime however it still isn’t an easy task as I found out.
Here are the issues:
Most analysts say that Pep will play a 4-3-3 formation next season. We also know that he covets Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. The contenders for the front 3 roles then are: Aguero, Alexis & Gabriel Jesus.
Hard to imagine any of these 3 on the bench! That’s a trident to match the MSN at Barcelona or the BBC at Real Madrid.
Mouthwatering! But where would that leave Sane and Sterling? Perhaps then these two would flank just one of the three named above?
That front 3 would need an effective supply line so the central trio would have to involve either Gundogan or Fernandinho to hold behind David Silva and KDB.
Does this then mean both Bernardo and Toure start on the bench?
Moving further back the situation is a little clearer.
Ederson should be the no.1 with Bravo on standby.
Benjamin Mendy is backed up by Ryan Bertrand if we can get them (and yep, we’d need to get both).
Since we only really have 3 good CBs (I’m not counting Kolarov or Adarabioyo) and since one of these (Kompany) is an injury risk we need a new centre back. Pep would love to land Leonardo Bonucci but if not there are plenty of other contenders (Van Dijk, Koulibaly, Tah, Rudiger, Manolas etc)
The acquisition of Kyle Walker at RB would be very satisfying though there is still no indication concerning who would deputise for him.
It seems there is no answer to some of these puzzles except in terms of rotation, horses for courses etc.
We probably have to move away from the notion of a fixed starting line-up and get ready for the pundits to start on us early with the common refrain from the usual suspects of “Pep doesn’t know his best team”.
What do YOU think? Have fun with this little tool to try to solve Pep’s problems:)
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