Manchester City’s capture of Joao Cancelo shows why they’re ahead of the game

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How do you improve a football club who have just won their second consecutive Premier League title with 98 points, as well as the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Community Shield?

Well, whilst not necessarily being able to make drastic improvements, you can keep things fresh and ticking along nicely in order to not end up turning stale like Manchester United have.

In Manchester City’s case, this is where the Citizens are currently excelling – the strength in depth that Pep Guardiola has at his disposal is quite staggering.

For Sergio Aguero, he has Gabriel Jesus in reserve.

For Fernandinho, he has Rodri.

For Benjamin Mendy, he has Oleksandr Zinchenko.

And with the Spaniard’s latest capture, he has Joao Cancelo for Kyle Walker.

The England international was okay last term, but he was sometimes classed as somewhat of a liability – Rio Ferdinand’s analysis of his performance against Chelsea last term is a good example.

There was also the moment that he probably should’ve been sent off for appearing to headbutt Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the FA Cup semi-final.

Whilst those were only tiny cracks beginning to appear in his game, City wasted no time in signing a seemingly better option and shipping out a surplus figure in Danilo at the same time – getting rid of a player with just nine league starts last term, signing a talented star and adding competition for a declining option is killing three birds with one stone, let alone two.

It is this type of recruitment that keeps the Citizens at the top of the game.

Opponents have no chance of taking advantage of troubling areas when the champions go out and act on them so quickly.

You can bet your house on the Citizens’ recruitment team already having a replacement for Aguero when he eventually leaves – it’s just how the club operates and it is why they are hoovering up almost every bit of silverware that stands before them.

Rival teams, take note.

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