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Post by Paulpowersleftfoot on Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:03 pm

Some of the squad are getting into the twilight of their careers now and some need to be signing new deals or selling while they remain a valuable asset.
Couple of areas of the squad we are light in and will need freshening up over the next couple of windows

Goalkeepers 

Ederson 25 2025
Bravo 35 2020
Muric 19 2021
Grimshaw 20 2021

Defenders

Kompany 32 2019
Otamendi 30 2022
Stones 24 2022
Mendy 24 2023
Danilo 27 2022
Delph 28 2020
Walker 28 2022
Laporte 24 2023
Sandler 21 2022
Mangala 27 2019

Midfield 

DeBruyne 27 2023
Silva D 32 2020
Silva B 24 2022
Zinchenko 21 2020
Fernandinho 33 2020
Gundogan 27 2020
Sterling 23 2020
Sane 22 2021
Foden 18 2020
Diaz 19 2019
Mahrez 27 2023

Forwards

Aguero 30 2021
Jesus 21 2023


Goalkeepers
No problems 

Right Back
Danilo only realistic cover for Walker,be good to get another attacking tight back in but not desperate

Left Back
Mendy Delph & Zinchenko is plenty

Centre Backs
Plenty of cover,be rid of Mangala in the summer but already have Sandler in place when he’s over his knee injury 

Defensive Midfield
The fact that stones has been pushed in there a couple of times shows it’s an issue.Fernandinho isn’t half the player he was 2 years ago,he’s lost a bit of pace and it’s showing.Gundogan is only ok there so we are basically very light in such an important position for the type of attacking football we play. A must for January to get someone in

Central Midfield 
No problems 
Bernardo stepping up has made DeBruynes lay off not an issue.
Expect to see more of Foden pushing his way in,looks top drawer

Wingers
The addition of Mahrez has added to competition for places.Sterling yet to sign a new contract,that needs sorting while he’s a valuable asset otherwise it’s all fine

Strikers
Aguero here until 2021 so we need to be looking at top class strikers over the next couple of windows. Jury still out on Jesus so lack of competition for places is a concern.Nmecha may come into the picture but we do need to be looking at strengthening sooner rather than later 




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Post by Topdawg on Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:02 pm

Defo needs looking into and you've already done half the homework!

If I can ever get Andy tied down for man hour, we might be able to do something together on this. 

My feeling is:
RB, would like someone to be understudy to Walker and maybe look at seriously challenging in 2-3 years time.
LB - we've got plenty if Zinchencko stays. Don't want to see Laporte there again.
CB - Can see VK bot getting too much game time this season and considering his position at the end of the season. Not sure why we got Sandler (let go by Ajaz on a free only 2 years ago and no one was beating down Zwolle's door to get him).
Garcia coming through and I can see us going for de Light for next summer. 
Dino is very good , but not often enough and he's getting on. We could be going for Frenkie de Jong or Ndombele which could solve the DM problem for 7-10 years.
Wingers, we're fine even if Sterling doesn't sign a new contract as we have some great kids that are coming through.
Up front, I'd like a serious challenger to Jesus as I'm not confident he's gonna be the player they once thought he'd be. Aguero still looks the absolute tops for me but he might not be in 2 years time when he's 32.
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Post by Topdawg on Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:03 pm

I know you don't want to be on film Rich, but your opinions are always highly valued and respected.
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Post by Strange Blue on Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:50 pm

RB: Luke Bolton did well in pre-season & with Danilo now injured I’m hoping he’ll get a chance against Fulham.
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Post by shakencity on Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:56 pm

Get rid of Bravo, Danilo, Mangala and Fernandiho in the summer to free up some money.

Vinny, D Silva, Delph and maybe Zinchenko will go the season after.....I'm predicting that.lol 

Peps priority has to be a DM, but a LB has to looked at too, as Mendy can't be relied on to stay fit. We have enough cover everywhere else.
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Post by ManCityMan on Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:22 pm

shakencity wrote:.................... We have enough cover everywhere else.
Not sure we have enough cover up top mate, Kun is not getting any younger and Jesus for me has far from lived up to his hype. If Kun gets injured i wouldn't feel confident in Jesus providing anywhere near the same goal threat.
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Post by shakencity on Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:05 am

Yeah i get that MCM and I completely agree, but a lot will depend on Sergios ability to stay fit. If he does, we don't need to strengthen imo, as we have more than enough cover pushing forward from midfield.
A forward in the summer is a must whatever though.
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Post by ManCityMan on Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:49 pm

I guess so, especially with KDB back.
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Post by Moonchester on Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:03 am

I'd be tempted to give Diaz a run up top? maybe in a cup game..
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Post by leopold on Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:00 am

I'd be inclined to agree regarding strikers.  We've got enough goal scoring talent on the pitch in midfield to push someone forwards (or play that mysterious false 9 system) to not have to worry about a clearly defined goal threat.

That said, Serge isn't getting any younger and I don't believe we've had a single full season out of him to date and, so far, I've not found Jesus to be as much of a goal threat.
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