Man City have developed a habit of spending massive money on defenders in recent seasons, and reports in the Mirror recently claim they’re eyeing another £50m spend on in-from Leciester City defender Harry Maguire.
Harry Maguire signed for the Foxes for just £17m last summer and has impressed so far this season, leading to him being linked with Pep Guardiola’s City. But would he walk in to Pep’s best XI?
We discuss below…
Probably not. Maguire is known as a solid ball-playing centre back, and certainly one of the best outside of the top six at the moment, but just because he ticks some of the minimum boxes for a Guardiola side doesn’t mean he’d get into the squad let alone the starting lineup.
With John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and even Vincent Kompany back to fitness – not to mention Nicolas Otamendi who has had the most touches and completed passes of any player in the Premier League this season – City certainly have enough without a man playing pretty well for Leicester.
There is a subtle misconception regarding Maguire, who is valued at just £13.5m by transfermarkt.com. He’s not so much good on the ball as he is prepared to do positive things with it, and it would be interesting to see what side of that line Pep Guardiola falls on – does he want defenders who simply have the right mindset, or the impeccable technique to back it up as well?
That being said, in terms of form this season, Maguire has far surpassed John Stones in my opinion. He offers those ball-playing qualities, but also a more rugged, physical and dominant style of defending. So if he doesn’t make City’s current starting XI, especially following the arrival of Aymeric Laporte, he deserves to make the squad over Stones.