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Manchester City fans lavish praise on Eric Garcia

Manchester City were boosted by the return of Aymeric Laporte from injury earlier this month but the breakthrough of another player should also please Pep Guardiola.

Eric Garcia has featured 11 times this season and has looked accomplished for most of that time, helping the Citizens concede just seven goals in those matches.

He put in a confident display alongside Nicolas Otamendi against Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday, achieving 96% pass accuracy and one tackle and one interception, which perhaps would have been greater if the visitors managed more than 30% possession.

Being adept both on and off the ball is key for any Manchester City defender, and if he can prove to his manager that he can have a commanding presence and show greater reliability than either Otamendi or John Stones then he has a chance of playing more often.

Supporters have been impressed with the 19-year-old’s form this season, and the assuredness and composure he displayed against Fulham indicates that he has a bright future ahead of him.

Fans didn’t just praise his defensive attributes post-match, however, but his skill on the ball also, and if he can learn from Laporte it may not be long until he is a regular starter in the league.

Since Laporte has been unavailable the Citizens have lost five league games and conceded 27 goals in 24 league games, which highlights their vulnerability at the back and the possible need for a new defender, but Garcia could be the solution to that problem.

Is Eric Garcia Man City's second best centre-back?

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Yes

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Some supporters have called for the Spaniard to start ahead of either Stones or Otamendi, arguing that he is the second-best centre-back at the club.

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