Sometimes in life you see people doing unexpected things. When your grossly overweight friend starts dieting, everyone in his social circle takes a moment out of their busy schedule to take note of this erratic behaviour. When people engage in highly unexpected activities, the world takes note. And presently, Manchester City are the entity that is raising everybody’s eyebrows.
Previously, Manchester City would sign established players for highly extravagant fees. The list of star names that City have brought to the Etihad is as long as the accomplishments on our present managers CV. And one of the finest accomplishments that Guardiola has to boast is his terrific ability to develop young players. So what happens when a manager like Guardiola, who is known to develop his own players, comes to a club that is notorious for buying household names? Well, the answer is a tremendous balance of both the worlds that should have us fans salivating at the thought of what is to come.
While Guardiola’s first two signings were those of Celta Vigo forward Nolito and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, his two other signings were two rather unknown players. One of them was 25-year-old Aaron Mooy, whose signing has drawn a lot of questions from puzzled individuals who cannot really understand why he was signed in the first place. The other player who we signed is 19-year-old Oleg Zinchenko, a Ukranian midfielder who is highly regarded to be one of the finest talents to come out of his country in a long time.
Zinchenko gave a decent account of himself in our friendly defeat at the hands of Guardiola’s former employers, Bayern Munich. While most of our competitors are signings big names, such as Ibrahimovic, Mane and Batshuayi, Manchester City are being hotly tipped to make a move for a quintet of highly talented youngsters. The five players in question are English duo John Stones and Reece Oxford, Brazilian talent Gabriel Jesus, German winger Leroy Sane and Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.
On paper, none of these players, other than Sane and Stones to an extent, are proper Man City signings. What I mean to say is, that none of these players are established names who are at the peak of their career. Even then, it would be fair to say that Sane and Stones would qualify for the blockbuster category thanks to the massive transfer fees that they are commanding and also because of how highly they are rated.
Our transfer activity this summer is a throwback to how we would operate ever since our takeover and till the summer of almost two seasons ago. With the arrival of Guardiola, it seems as if Manchester City could go on to become a team that brings through their own set of talents rather purchasing them from elsewhere. If we were to actually sing at least three of the youngsters that we’re rumoured to be chasing, then Manchester City could go on to have one of the most desirable squads in the world of football in a couple of years time.