With the recent injuries and injury scares in Manchester City, they might lose than they think if they don’t do something to close the void the injuries will leave in the City squad come January.
One of those problems is losing out on the Premier League race for the title. As it stands, City trails behind Liverpool with 8 points to catch up to.
Liverpool sits comfortably in first position with 24 points, Manchester City behind them with 16 points. It doesn’t look good for Manchester City however, as reports claim City’s top striker Sergio Aguero has sustained an injury.
As seen on Transfermarkt, left winger Leroy Sane is currently nursing a cruciate ligament rupture that might see him out till next season. Centre-back Aymeric Laporte is nursing a knee injury that might see him out of play indefinitely while centre-back John Stones is also nursing a muscle injury that might see him return this month.
With all these injuries in Manchester City squad, having a balanced team might be a problem unless the club tackles the problem with a lasting solution which in this case might be to get replacements.
That being said, let’s take a look at the players that can help boost Manchester City’s squad this season.
Ruben Dias for central defense
City’s ex-captain, Vincent Kompany’s exit in the summer left the club short in central defense, adding the long term injury of Aymeric Laporte and John Stone’s on and off. This situation has forced the manager to play their best defensive midfielder (Fernandinho) in that position along with their fourth-choice centre-back (Nicolas Otamendi).
This arrangement has left Manchester City’s defense vulnerable, full of error and conceding unnecessary goals.
Ruben Dias is a quality central defensive player, who has risen through the ranks at the Benfica Academy and is now a first-team player. His fantastic performances in the past 18 months led to a call-up from the senior national side last May.
The 22-year-old Portuguese is comfortable on the ball and is a good distributor of the ball from the back. He’s one player who reads the game well to make defensive interceptions and he is physically and aerially strong to win battles against strong centre-forwards.
Defensively, Ruben Dias has an average tackle of 0.9 per game, 1.2 interceptions per game, 3.5 clearance per game and 0.9 blocks per game while on the offense, he has an average of 0.1 shots per game and 0.1 key passes per game. (WhoScored)
With his current form and his skillset, his chances of doing well in Guardiola’s Manchester City is high.
Miralem Pjanic in the midfield
With Fernandinho playing in defense due to two centre-backs’ injuries, Manchester City’s midfield is suffering a decline. They’ve had some issue in controlling games, and the presence of another holding midfielder could be the solution.
Miralem Pjanic might be the solution to this pressing problem. The 29- year-old might not be the quickest or most mobile player but his ability to pick out a pass from a deep-lying position is a huge bonus. Not to forget that he is also good at shooting from distance, he can definitely provide Manchester City with an additional dimension.
Defensively, Pjanic has an average of 1.6 tackles per game, 1.4 interceptions per game, 0.6 clearance per game, 1.4 dribbles per game, 0.3 blocks per game while on the offense, he has 5 goals across all competitions for Juventus, 1 assist, 0.8 shots per game and 1.4 key passes per game. (WhoScored)
With both Dias and Pjanic’s stats to speak for them, it would be a great mistake if Manchester City fails to sign them in January. Failure to sign both players might even affect their chances of going far in the title race.