Manchester City should’ve signed Mikel Oyarzabal
Defending Champions Manchester City are heading into another season looking to become the only team besides Manchester United to win three league titles in succession in the Premier League era. However, they’ve already had a setback as they drew to Spurs at the Etihad last week.
City were their usual dominant self but couldn’t go over the line after a VAR decision overturned a late goal. What would’ve worried City is that they couldn’t break Spurs down earlier when they had a chance and how they were on set-pieces.
Losing Kompany would’ve affected them but losing Leroy Sane for the best part of this season will definitely be a big miss despite their options up front as he’s one of the few players in the side who gives them natural width.
Benjamin Mendy is back from injury and City might end up regretting not getting a deal for Mikel Oyarzabal over the line, who was linked with a move towards the end of the transfer window.
The Spaniard currently plays for Real Sociedad and can play in most forward positions from the right-wing to the left-wing. He has some of the attributes you’d expect from a Spaniard, as he’s technically gifted but also has a good amount of pace about him.
Oyarzabal is already a Spanish international and has played through the Spanish youth sides and also played for the Basque national team. Oyarzabal had quite a prolific season last season, with 14 goals in all competitions along with 4 assists as well.
He would also fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s system as he’s a disciplined worker, has the technical ability and just the right amount of pace and change of direction to beat a man.
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Guardiola prefers to buy players just before they head into their prime because he can develop them before they’re already full of ideas or develop an ego.
Unlike Sane, Oyarzabal has more versatility and while he’s not as explosive as Sane or direct, he’ll still be a better fit and City might regret not having another body to help them dominate all competitions.