Over the past few years, full-backs have become increasingly important to a team. A mixture of defensive and offensive qualities has become necessary for pretty much every modern-day full-back, irrespective of a team’s playing style. The 2019/20 Premier League season provided the football world with yet another opportunity to analyse the performances of the established and lesser-known full-backs.
City usually line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with two inverted wingers on either side. Manchester City’s formation is perfectly familiar to Lionel Messi as Barca’s preferred formation over the years has also always been 4-3-3. Messi played a total of 28 matches on the right-wing last season and would be extremely accustomed to that role.
Chelsea have expressed their interest in the 26-year-old central defender who has recently fallen out of favor with Pep Guardiola. Stones’ current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2022. This, in addition to his poor performances, has cut the Englishman’s transfer value to as low as £20 million. City’s most recent signing Nathan Ake has added even more doubts to Stones’ future with Guardiola.
There is a saying that good attackers win games. But great defenders win championships. The Premier League, never renowned for its rock-solid showings at the back, has nevertheless always had some high-profile defenders. The 2019/20 season was no exception, presenting a mixture of established centre-backs and some lesser known names ready to break through onto the biggest stage.
David Silva’s ten-year spell at Manchester City is nearing its end. The 34-year-old Spaniard has agreed terms with Serie A side Lazio, joining ‘The White and Sky Blues’ on a three-year deal. Nicknamed ‘El Mago’, Silva made 39 appearances for City last season, scoring six goals and assisting 11 times in all competitions.
Manchester City have completed the signing of a highly rated Spanish winger from Valencia. The 20- year-old has put his signature on a five-year contract in a deal worth up to €23 million plus add-ons.
The Englishman is Aston Villa’s main attacking engine, performing 41 passes per game on average, making up 11% of Villa’s total passes per game. Grealish’s skills on the ball are also reflected in his passing success percentage, with the Aston Villa captain completing 84.8% of his overall passes.
Everybody knew England’s woeful record at penalty shoot-outs in major tournaments but somehow, this time, it felt a little bit different. Hart’s confidence and assurance in goal gave England belief that the curse could be lifted – right until the moment Andrea Pirlo stepped up to take a penalty kick.
Manchester City have reportedly been in contact with Bournemouth over the potential transfer of Nathan Ake, estimated at a £35 million bargain. The left-sided centre-back is one of the most wanted names on Pep Guardiola’s wish list, as he strives to solve City’s defensive woes.
The Senegalese international has been linked with a move away from Naples for a long time, but the transfer fee proposed by Aurelio De Laurentis tends to put off the majority of the clubs’ interest.