Premier League Preview: Manchester City
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 5, 2016
The blue moon has been rising in Manchester over the past couple of seasons, eclipsing Man United as the biggest team in Manchester. However, last season was somewhat of a setback according to City’s now exceedingly high standards. It started off well with five wins out of five and not a goal conceded. However, the season took a sour turn when they conceded four at Tottenham and were defeated at Upton Park. Inconsistancy become the main attribute to the season, as City struggled to win back to back games. When 2016 came around title hopes were down the drain. Replaced with Champions League qualification worries. More misery was to ensue, with title challengers taking it in turns to humiliate City. League cup success and an unprecedented Champions League run provided the silver lining in a bleak season.
Sergio Aguero has been City’s main man for half a decade. He has a knack of showing up just when City need him, the most striking example? His breathtaking 94th minute winner to snatch the title away from hated neighbours, Man United. Consistantly being City’s 20 goal a season man, despite injury woes. El Kun as he’s known to his friends, isn’t shy in front of goal, popping up with goals in most areas of the pitch. With a goal to game ratio that eclipses some the greatest to grace the league. It’s no wonder Man City’s form drops when he’s not playing.
In my opinion Aguero is the most underrated player in the BPL. The man has won golden boots and titles all without being nominated for the team of the season, let alone the player of the year award.
Kevin De Bruyne
After just one season at the Etihad, De Bruyne has already become the catalyst. Possessing exceptional technical abilities and an eye for goal it’s no wonder Pellegrini was so set on bringing him to the Etihad. After a fantastic start to the season, De Bruyne layed to bed the doubts that came along with his £54 million fee. He started out on the right with David Silva prefered at number 10. However, thanks to injuries and poor form De Bruyne found himself being shifted into the centre. Once there he never looked back, displaying his exceptional talents in the centre. He would constantly be there or thereabouts.
Under Guardiola one can only expect De Bruyne not to just improve but to flourish. According to various media outlets De Bruyne has already impressed Pep with putting extra hours in training. This season the sky’s the limit for Kevin and it will be interesting to see how far he can go.
Citys very own captain fantastic has been at the core of City for almost a decade. Much loved by the fans and respected on the pitch, Kompany epitomises Man City. The statistical difference between when Kompany is in the team and when he isn’t is staggering. Without him only 41% of games end in a victory for City. This occurred for two reasons; his presence only lifts the City team, knowing that their commander in chief is present. And he knows how to effectively organise a defence. This is a hurdle where Man City came a cropper numerous times last season.
There was originally reports that Guardiola had transfer listed Kompany however this has since been proven false. With it emerging that Kompany is central to his plans.
One to watch
In the next couple of seasons Man City are set to undertake a youth revolution which players such as; Angelino, Kelechi Iheanacho and Brahimi Diaz. Set to make the first team and become heavily influential to it. However the one to watch for next season is a new signing, one who’s not there from the academy. Oleksandr Zinchenko, a Ukrainian signed from Russian outfit, UFA. Zinchenko has been creating shockwaves throughout Eastern Europe with week after week of exceptional performers. Catching the eye of not just City but other European big hitters in the process.
Man City have been busy in the transfer market so far, addressing positions that needed change. Potentially the best value for money transfer in the league so far has been Ilkay Gundogan. Gundogan will be central to implanting Guardiola’s style of play. His passing range is on Toni Kroos’s level and he is a danger in attack and competent in defence. More wide men were brought in; Leroy Sane, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus. Sane, the young German, had impressed every major club in Europe last campaign. However, it was City who won the battle for his signature. Last time out Sane had doubled the amount of completed take on’s than the next best city player, Kevin De Bruyne.
What to Expect
The Barcleys Premier League is the most exciting league in the world the thrills and spills it provides have viewers hooked. Just ask Leicester City fans about unexpected events. However, next year normality should be restored. One of the so called “top four” will win and we at From The Stands believe that team to will be Manchester City. With arguably the worlds best manger at the helm, a world class striker who can put up a case for being in the top three in thee world. And a midfield that on it’s day is one of the most formidable in Europe.
Whilst City are expected to finish the top of the pile, I believe the season won’t be plain sailing and will have its hiccups. It will take time for Pep to learn the English game and implementing his style. Cause some surprising results. However, once out the purple patch City will be a hard team to beat.