Vincent Kompany joined Manchester City in August 2008 – just a little greater than every week earlier than the membership’s trajectory was irreversible modified by Sheikh Mansour’s takeover.
The centre-back place, the place long-serving membership captain Kompany excelled and have become a membership nice, has develop into a spotlight for the proprietor’s switch market thousands and thousands over the intervening years.
However, there have been dearer misses than hits, with City’s struggles after Kompany’s departure final yr underlining how subsequent centre-back additions have not often been wherever close to as profitable.
Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake is about to be the following man into the constructing, with City reportedly having agreed a £41million price for the Netherlands worldwide.
Here, we have a look at the main centre-back signings made by City in the course of the Abu Dhabi period and the way they panned out.
9270 – Since becoming a member of @afcbournemouth in 2017, Nathan Aké performed 9270 minutes of Premier League soccer, greater than some other Bournemouth participant and the seventh-highest for a Premier League outfield participant in that interval. Reliable. pic.twitter.com/3buvblQLYR
— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 30, 2020
KOLO TOURE (ARSENAL £14M, JULY 2009)
A former title winner with Arsenal, Toure was given the captain’s armband by Mark Hughes as membership stalwart Richard Dunne was ushered out of the door. The Ivory Coast worldwide struggled for consistency, nevertheless, and have become a back-up possibility underneath Roberto Mancini. Arguably his most important contribution to City’s success was his mere presence encouraging brother Yaya to make the transfer to Manchester.
JOLEON LESCOTT (EVERTON £22M, AUGUST 2009)
Like Ake now and lots of others in between, the price City paid Everton for Lescott introduced snorts of derision. But the England worldwide established a rock-solid partnership with Kompany that underpinned the 2011-12 Premier League title triumph. City have by no means appeared fairly so settled at centre-back since their alliance broke down the next yr.
Where’s the energy @MicahRichards ? Can’t pull me down! 41 profession objectives from this “goal-scoring” defender #football #soccer #mancity #wolves #everton #mancity #goals pic.twitter.com/C2AALp5gJz
— Joleon Lescott (@JoleonLescott) July 10, 2020
JEROME BOATENG (HAMBURG £10.5M, JUNE 2010)
Before occurring to develop into one of Europe’s elite central defenders at Bayern Munich, Boateng endured an sad yr in Manchester. Primarily a right-back at that stage of his profession, he discovered his path to the primary staff blocked by Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta and failed to settle.
STEFAN SAVIC (PARTIZAN £6M, JULY 2011)
Given he was fourth-choice in a season when Kompany and Lescott excelled, it was exceptional how shortly Savic carved out a repute as an accident-prone legal responsibility. A yr after signing him, Mancini had misplaced religion and determined to minimize his losses. The regular hand in Atletico Madrid’s formidable backline at the moment is a participant totally remodeled.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 6, 2016
MATIJA NASTASIC (FIORENTINA £12M, AUGUST 2012)
Savic served as a makeweight within the deal to deliver Nastasic to the Etihad Stadium. He carried out impressively throughout a largely forgettable 2012-13 marketing campaign, for which Mancini paid together with his job. Successor Manuel Pellegrini didn’t a lot fancy Nastasic, with accidents additional compromising the Serbia worldwide earlier than he moved to present employers Schalke in 2015.
MARTIN DEMICHELIS (ATLETICO MADRID £4.2M, SEPTEMBER 2013)
A loyal lieutenant for Pellegrini, Demichelis left Atletico Madrid with out taking part in a sport when the chance to reunite with the Chilean coach arose. Long of hair and brief of tempo, his introduction to the Premier League was fraught and Marcus Rashford skinning him to win a 2016 Manchester derby gave his City profession a clanging footnote. However, the Argentina worldwide’s expertise and metal was very important because the Blues edged out Liverpool in a knife-edge 2013-14 title race.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 24, 2015
ELIAQUIM MANGALA (PORTO £42M, AUGUST 2014)
Unperturbed by an enormous switch price, Mangala was majestic on his debut as 10-man City battled to a 1-1 draw in opposition to Chelsea. To be blunt, he by no means reached these ranges once more and was not often shut – a slapstick personal purpose in his subsequent outing at Hull City proving much more consultant of what was to come. A preferred squad member, Mangala got here up brief in phrases of type, health and temperament to sadly stand as one of the most important switch flops in Premier League historical past.
NICOLAS OTAMENDI (VALENCIA £32M, AUGUST 2015)
Mangala’s struggles despatched Pellegrini lower back into the switch marketplace for one other big-money addition. Otamendi proved scarcely extra dependable and the duo typically wanted to be watched by way of one’s fingers when paired collectively. Nevertheless, the Argentina defender’s dogged dedication noticed him develop into a mainstay in the course of the 100-point season underneath Pep Guardiola in 2017-18, when he deservedly gained a spot within the PFA Team of the Year. His error-strewn efforts since have worn more and more skinny.
— Nicolas Otamendi (@Notamendi30) July 28, 2020
JOHN STONES (EVERTON £47.5M, AUGUST 2016)
A flagship signing forward of Guardiola’s first season, Stones seems set for the exit door having failed to realise his undoubted potential. He oozed class in the course of the early levels of back-to-back Premier League successes over the earlier two seasons, though he tellingly spent massive chunks of each run-ins on the sidelines. Injuries haven’t helped and Guardiola seems to have misplaced belief in a person who as soon as seemed set to be synonymous together with his reign.
AYMERIC LAPORTE (ATHLETIC BILBAO £57M, JANUARY 2018)
For now, Laporte stays City’s most costly central defender and the Frenchman has given appreciable bang for his or her buck after the expensive folly listed above. As essential to City for his exact and various vary of left-footed playmaking from deep, Laporte is Guardiola’s defensive rock. When his cruciate knee ligament damage final August adopted a failure to exchange Kompany, the writing for 2019-20 was on the wall.
Published 31 Jul 2020, 12:30 IST