Last week, I wrote a blog about how the Pep revolution had gotten underway at Manchester City through the signings of our news boss’s most trusty assistants. Today, I’m going to write about how our club has kicked off the revolution on the players front as well.
While the entire footballing world waits for the start of the Copa America and the Euro Cup, managers and CEO’s of football clubs around the world are hard at work drawing up lists of targets to pursue over the course of the summer. Never one to be outdone on the signings front, Manchester City have got their summer shopping spree off as well after confirming the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
City confirmed the player’s transfer just earlier today, so if you haven’t checked the news, there’s a chance that you heard it first from us. A fee of around 21m is believed to be what was given to Dortmund in exchange for their influential midfielder who comes to England after five years at the Westfalenstadion, where he made 157 appearances while scoring 15 goals in the process.
A Jurgen Klopp signing from Nuremberg in the summer of 2011, Gundogan is an energetic and intelligent midfielder who has risen up the footballing ladder to occupy a place in the top-tier of footballers. Since his transfer to Dortmund, Gundogan has seen his stock sky-rocket as he and his fellow BVB teammates took German football by storm, under the guidance of present Liverpool manager Klopp. At just 25 years of age, Gundogan comes to us with most of his playing career still ahead of him and despite his young age, he has a Bundesliga title, a German Cup, a German Supercup, and a Champions League runners-up medal to his name.
Gundogan’s signing is an extremely shrewd piece of business by our management team, especially when you consider the alarming loss of form that Yaya Toure has suffered. With the Ivorian’s departure almost certain, there was need for a powerhouse midfielder to take his place, and Gundogan certainly fits the bill. Described by his former manager Klopp as an “intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths”, Gundogan should be an automatic selection in the middle of the park, alongside Fernandinho.
Nobody in this world is perfect, and our new signing has his flaws as well. Gundogan, over the last few years, has had a really poor record of injuries that have often ruled him out of some really important matches. In fact, the player comes to the Etihad carrying an injury, as he has been plagued with foot problems since the middle of March. Gundogan has not played a string of games since the start of the year with playing time being limited to intermittent patches since he suffered a foot injury three months ago.
Regardless of his injury records, Gundogan has managed to rack up 157 appearances for his last club over a span of five years. At an average of almost 30 games per season, the midfielder proves to his doubters that he is not the sicknote that some think of him to be and I’m sure that he will go down as a success such as the likes of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.