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Manchester City: Guardiola can form deadly duo by signing Reece James

Manchester City have scored a lot of goals throughout their previous Premier League campaigns under the management of Pep Guardiola.

Since the Spaniard took charge of the club ahead of the 2016/17 season, the Citizens have scored a total of 565 top-flight goals. Their latest title-winning campaign saw Guardiola’s side score 99 goals, more than any other team in the top flight.

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One man in their squad who played a big part in the team’s goal haul this season is Riyad Mahrez.

In 47 appearances across all competitions, the Algeria winger found the net 24 times and delivered nine assists in the process.

Now that Guardiola has ended his sixth season in charge of the Citizens with a fourth Premier League title, his focus can now switch to the upcoming summer transfer window and getting his squad in the best shape for the next campaign.

In terms of potential incoming transfers, one player with whom City have been linked and who could give the 51-year-old the chance to form a deadly duo with Mahrez on the right-hand side of the pitch is Chelsea full-back Reece James.

Having played in 26 league games with the west London club this season, the defender netted five goals and delivered nine assists in the process.

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To further highlight the Englishman’s attacking talent, no other Chelsea player could equal the number of crosses (82) that James made throughout the season.

Labelled an “outstanding” player by Roy Keane, the 22-year-old is reportedly valued at around £50m.

His overall performances in the league earned the England international a season rating of 7.24/10, making him the highest-rated player in Thomas Tuchel’s squad to start more than six league games according to WhoScored.

Taking all this into account, the prospect of having both Mahrez and James on the right-hand side of the pitch, both of whom are most capable of providing a constant attacking threat, is a mouth-watering one.

Should the Premier League champions end up bringing the Chelsea star to the Etihad Stadium this summer, it would be hard to see this move doing anything other than making what already is a formidable attacking side even deadlier, which wouldn’t be good news for any other team in the league.

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