Man City squad could be strengthened in three other areas

Manchester City and Pep Guardiola got their hands on a fourth Premier League title in five seasons last Sunday, in the most dramatic of fashion.

After going 2-0 down to Aston Villa with 20 minutes to play, it looked like the Blues had surrendered their title to Liverpool on the final day. But in the space of five crazy minutes, Ilkay Gundogan’s brace – either side of Rodri’s strike – completed a stunning comeback at the Etihad Stadium.

So as the old saying goes, strengthen from a position of strength, and City have certainly done that with the acquisition of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. Since making the move to Germany, the clinical striker has scored a staggering 86 goals in 89 games and further enforced himself as one of Europe’s finest talents.

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He will add so much to Guardiola’s already star-studded squad, but what other areas could the Catalan look to bolster this summer. Here are three positions that could need addressing:

1.Defensive midfield

This may be the most obvious one out of the three, but the Blues are in desperate need of a defensive midfielder. Despite Rodri’s emergence as one City’s best players, the departure of club captain Fernandinho deems it necessary to find an alternative to the combative Spaniard.

It seems like City are already aware and the likes of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips have been linked with a switch to east Manchester in recent weeks. The only potential issue would be guarantees of game time, meaning it’s more likely City opt to sign a player capable of playing in both midfield roles.

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2. Right back

Again, this is an incredible tough area for any potential arrival with the flying form of Kyle Walker. However, the 31-year-old is not getting any younger, and they will soon need to think of how to replace such an ever-present figure in the City starting line-up.

In this case, looking at signing a promising youngster may be an ideal move for the club. That would give him time to watch and work closely alongside Walker in training and eventually take over his spot from him when the England international moves on.

Kyle Walker could work closely with an understudy at Manchester City

3. Left or right winger

Potential departures in this area may again, deem it necessary to think of bringing in some reinforcements. Gabriel Jesus has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad, while Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez both have contracts that expire next summer.

Sterling has yet to show a desire to pen an extension, with talks set to resume after June’s international fixtures. If he were to decide to move away from the club was best for his career, Guardiola would not want to end up light in the attacking department and could look to sign another winger to bolster his front line.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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