Man City have eight reasons to be confident going into next season without Erling Haaland – Simon Bajkowski

Manchester City are not standing still in the transfer window after signing Erling Haaland. They are actively looking to add a midfielder to the squad in Fernandinho’s departure, while there could be at least one other major addition depending on what happens with exits.

These moves, if Txiki Begiristain and his recruitment team are successful, will bolster a side that have just won the Premier League on 93 points to claim a fourth title in five years – a prospect as appetizing for the Blues as it is alarming for their rivals. . And while there’s no guarantee the team can match their performances this season, a look at the players Pep Guardiola has used the most in this campaign gives a measure of the position of strength from which City builds.

The player looked to more than any other has been Joao Cancelo. He was ahead of most after missing out on Euro 2020 following a positive Covid-19 test, and got more playing time than expected at left-back after the arrest and the accusations of Benjamin Mendy. Even when someone else replaced him, the Portugal international usually played at right-back instead of Kyle Walker.

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After Cancelo was, unsurprisingly, Ederson. The goalkeeper is firmly established as City’s No.1 and that won’t change this summer. Considering he won his third consecutive Golden Glove award (this one shared with fellow countryman Alisson Becker) for cleanest sheets, it would make little sense to change it.

Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Aymeric Laporte all came close to getting 4,000 minutes in all competitions completing the top five players Guardiola looked to the most. Rodri has easily enjoyed his best season yet in a City shirt, while the other two have bounced back from a disappointment last year that left them considering an exit and are now much happier at the club.

Next is Kevin De Bruyne, who announced at the parade that he will be at City for at least the next three years while under contract. Then Ruben Dias, who signed a new six-year contract this season after less than 12 months at the club. Then it’s Phil Foden, the academy graduate who is increasingly becoming an integral part of this team.

It will be necessary to wait for the ninth player, Riyad Mahrez, to find someone at the end of the contract in the next 12 months. Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling are next in line and decisions will have to be made for each of them this summer.

However, the fact that there is almost a high quality and club stable XI to choose from for next season even before the arrival of Haaland and any other signings shows that City should once again push to win all of them. the competitions in which they play.

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