According to Sky Sports, Manchester City have decided not to pursue a new left-back this summer and will be sticking with Benjamin Mendy, following Pep Guardiola’s comments earlier in the season suggesting that he may look to reinforce the position.
Well, Mendy arrived at the Etihad Stadium as one of the hottest players in his position in world football, signing in a £52m deal from Monaco back in 2017.
However, since then, the World Cup winning Frenchman has managed to make just 14 Premier League starts for the Citizens after suffering two serious knee injuries – he ruptured his cruciate ligament in his debut campaign, and then suffered meniscus problems in the other knee earlier this term.
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Despite that, the 24-year-old has still looked a cut above whenever he has made it out onto the field, where his tendency to overlap and whip devilish balls into the box has caused all sorts of problems for opposition defences.
Having said the above, Manchester City are wrong to back their £52m asset.
Mendy has caused Guardiola all sorts of problems since arriving in the Premier League, ranging from him being extremely late for important physio sessions, to him allegedly travelling to Hong Kong despite telling Guardiola that he was going to Barcelona.
He has also been pictured out partying in the early hours of the morning, a situation which prompted the line “I’m not his father” from Guardiola when asked about it.
If City were visibly struggling without one of Europe’s best left-backs, then yeah, definitely keep him around.
However, they are not. Barring any slip-ups, they look set to defend their Premier League title and are on course for a domestic treble, with the ever dependable Oleksandr Zinchenko impressing at left-back in this campaign and the last.
Whilst his stock is still relatively high, City shouldn’t be giving their backing to a man they cannot rely on.