Where does Boateng fit in the Mancini masterplan?

It has been reported this week that Manchester City have agreed an £11 million deal to sign centre-back Jerome Boateng from Hamburg this summer.

The 21-year-old has attracted interest from a number of clubs after having an impressive season in the Bundersliga. The versatile defender was ever present for his side this season, managing to rack up a total of 43 appearances and score 2 times as well.

Boateng can operate along the back-line and as such would be a great asset to utilize in any team. However, it seems almost certain that the German defender will be wearing the sky blue of City next season. He told Bild magazine:

“I am going to sign on (for City) before leaving for the World Cup and the deal will be completed. It has been decided that I am moving there.”

The young defender had other options available to him, one being Bayern Munich who were linked with the player, but Boateng admitted that a meeting with Mancini convinced him to sign for the Italian and City:

“He convinced me to make the transfer. He believes that I will definitely need a few months to get settled in once in England, but that he sees so much potential in me that he will improve me.”

So it appears that Mancini has captured a young starlet in Jerome Boateng, but what will the German bring to the City squad? More importantly with the vast number of defenders Mancini has at his disposal, who will be the club’s defensive partnership next season?

City already have Kolo Toure, Jolean Lescott, Vincent Kompany and Dedryck Boyata that can play in the centre-back position. Mancini also has Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta and Nedum Onuoha, who can play in this position as well, but are used more as right-backs. So departures are sure to be taking place this summer? Nonetheless, who out of the player’s listed above, will create the core of City’s defence next season?

Toure is the captain of the club, and as such will be a front runner without a doubt. Kompany did well in the centre-back position but looks more of a defensive midfielder in some of the fans eyes. Lescott hasn’t really impressed Mancini this season, but the defender did suffer a number of injuries which didn’t help his cause. Boyata doesn’t look like he will be a regular; he is still young and will more than likely be playing in smaller competitions next season.

Boateng is young, talented and looks to be a formidable defender even at a youthful age. The German is also quick, has good positional attributes and most importantly is very versatile. He is bound to play a big part in City’s plans next season, whether this is on the left, right or centre of the defence.

No matter who Mancini does decide to pair up at the back-line next season, the capture of Jerome Boateng is great business for the club and can only enhance the squad in the long-term.

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