Thanks to the excellent investigative work of Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) and others, City fans not only now know our transfer targets but the order in which we’d like to acquire them.
- Firstly we have prioritised the four full backs.
- Then Alex Sanchez.
- Finally a Central Defender.
That would bring us to 8 signings if we include the already landed Ederson and Bernardo.
- At that point, City may consider a 9th and final incomer, widely considered to be another attacking midfielder.
However I would argue that following the acquisition of the desperately needed full backs, it is actually a defensive midfielder and a central defender that should be next.
Think about it.
The following is very possible:
Scenario 1: Central Defence
Kompany suffers a very sad but not altogether unexpected injury setback. Tosin Adarabioyo has been sent on loan and would have been too raw for this season anyway. This leaves us with a Centre Back duo of Otamendi and Stones with only Kolarov as back up. Yikes!
Scenario 2: Central Midfield
After a bright start, Gundogan gets injured once again. Yaya (34) begins his decline. Fernandinho (32) and Fernando (30 in July) are no match for the energy that exists in the other top 6 teams and we only have Delph to help out. Yikes!
Unacceptable in both scenarios.
Any Risk Management Assessor worth his salt would tell you that City are just one or two very possible ricks away from being out of the title race by Christmas against rivals who have strong and energetic defensive spines with cover (see Tottenham Hotspur & Chelsea).
Alan Hansen said ‘you win nothing with kids’ but what he really should have said, if you look at ALL past Premier league winning teams, is that ‘you win nothing without (a degree of) spiteful muscularity’.
Manchester City need to recalibrate their priorities after the full backs are signed.
Van Dijk and Fabinho are still up for grabs.
Here’s hoping it does not take another trophy-less season for Pep to understand this.