Manchester City have the most promising attack in world football. Next season may not be their best, but they have a collaboration of sensational, young forwards who could all be considered the world’s best within a few seasons. Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are the main protagonists, joined by the ever-graceful David Silva and lethal Sergio Aguero.
Aguero could leave, sure, but City will likely add a younger, less injury prone player to fill his berth. That would be a player favoured by Guardiola, a player like Gabriel Jesus, in fact.
City, quite simply, have an attack that could go down in history for its balance and its devastating play. There have been glimpses of that already – at home to Barcelona and Monaco in the Champions League notably – and it will only improve from here.
Links to other attack-minded players continue to bubble along in any gossip column, though. Isco is the current flavour the month in many a rumour mill and the mazy-dribbling Spaniard would be a superb addition to almost any side in Europe. He’s a bargain, too, so it seems like a stunning deal for City, doesn’t it?
Well, it would be a good signing if he can find his best form and play regularly. As it stands he would not get in the side, even without birthday boy Gabriel Jesus – who turns just 20 years old today. Jesus will return from his injury and be – pardon the cliche – like a new signing. The Brazilian has been a revelation in his brief City career to date before a frustrating injury snapped any momentum he could have hoped to build leading the line.
Manchester City’s transfer policy has been a bit hit and miss of late. Although the aforementioned players have proven to be well worth the investment, the club has continued to neglect areas of the team that are in dire need of reinforcement. Isco might just be another sign of a club forgetting their real weaknesses and adding to a loaded attack that is the least of Guardiola’s worries for 2017/18.
Ultimately, Isco would be a magnificent to player have in the squad, but he is no necessity at this point. City’s rocky transfer past – particularly in the defensive positions – will not fill anyone with confidence and deserves the complete attention of the club. They have an attack capable of damaging any side in world football and, while depth will be needed with Jesus Navas and Nolito set to leave, that must be secondary to reinforcing a too-often disastrous defence.
Building the greatest attack in world football must be tempting for City and Guardiola, but that is not what will determine the success of next season for them. Even with all the great football we have witnessed from them this season, they are set for a definitive transfer window. But adding to the attack instead of the defence would be one way to waste a fortune this summer.