In what I’m sure for some fans is one of the most bizarre transfer rumours of the summer, former Manchester United centre back Jonny Evans is being linked with a 30 million pound move to Manchester City from West Brom.
This may be seen as a strange move from Pep Guardiola who must be desperate to add some silverware this season.
The centre back who is now 29 years of age has been a defensive rock for West Brom over the years and does count towards the home grown player quota having come through Manchester United’s academy, which will appeal towards Guardiola as maybe he can afford to lose Raheem Sterling in a swap deal as he chases Arsenals Alexis Sanchez?
Last season it could be seen that defensively City just weren’t at it with the loss of club captain Vincent Kompany for the majority of the season it was down to Otamendi and young 50 million pound centre back John Stones to protect the fragile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. So if something were to happen to Vincent Kompany again this season City would then at least have four centre backs to rely on should they sign Evans and Mangala stays at the club.
No room for youth?
With the impending arrival of a 29 year old centre back for 30 million pounds the question has to be asked why City need to pay all that money to hire a back up defender when young ball playing prodigy Tosin Adarabioyo is waiting for his chance to break into the first team squad. Having impressed during his pre season spells with the club and also during his Champions League debut against Celtic at the Etihad Stadium he must be wondering where his future lies with the Citizens when it seems Guardiola doesn’t trust him to play a part in the teams defence this season.
What will Evans bring to Manchester City?
Jonny Evans does have experience in playing for a top club as he has made 198 appearances for City’s neighbours Manchester United winning 3 Premier League titles in the process. Evans could become a utility player for Guardiola similar to the roll played by new signing Danilo although it amazes me that Danilo will cost less than Evans having won two Champions Leagues in a row for Real Madrid. It has to be said that at West Brom Evans has made a name for himself as a very reliable no thrills defender who can do a job with and without the ball. So should Man City sign the West Brom man they will no doubt be short of central defenders who can play with the ball. The Northern Irish defender will not be short of offers though with the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City interested in him.
Should Evans choose Man City over these clubs he will no doubt be receiving a hefty wage increase with the guarantee of challenging for trophies under one of the best managers in world football which may be too good to turn down.
For me I would’ve liked to have seen youth given a chance but if City win a Champions League and Evans has played his part should he sign i doubt anyone will be complaining about it.
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