He probably wont even be here next season
It made zero sense to sign him, especially for £40m.
but he was never going to be more than 3rd choice at best. Madness to spend £40m on 3rd or 4th choice.It did make sense to sign him. I think most City fans would have agreed at the end of last season that we needed two new centre backs. Ake is just unlucky that Stones sorted his shit out and recaptured his form. Going into the season with Dias and Laporte wasn’t enough, no one predicted Stones to be our first choice centre back for the majority of the season.
How do you know that? He’s a quality player and he had every chance of starting the season as our first choice centre back. He hasn’t had a chance to prove himself, so claiming he was always going to be third or fourth choice is wrong IMO.but he was never going to be more than 3rd choice at best. Madness to spend £40m on 3rd or 4th choice.
Its just poor usage of money. Sign cheap back up in the 10-20m mark, not every player has to cost 40-60m. City need to wise up at times.
Mbete/HB/Callum Doyle in no particular order. Really like Doyle. He’s tough, quick and can play out from the back with composure. As you’ve said, 4th choice should go to an academy lad.
100% and you didn't even mention possible suspensions. Hopefully with some opportunities for 1 or 2 youngsters who train with the seniors to get some game time where Pep considers appropriate.I'm really surprised how many are seemingly so willing to go back to 3 centre backs after making the same catastrophic error 2 seasons ago. All sides have at least 4 CB's.
If we go into the season with 3 CB's, let's say Dias picks up an injury, and one of laporte or stones' form drops off at the same time, all of a sudden were screwed.
We've been really fortunate this season in that area with minimal injuries, it would be completely idiotic to gamble on being lucky again.
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