Manchester City’s 2019/20 season has not been going according to plan.
With Pep Guardiola’s troops 22 points behind league leaders Liverpool, it’s pretty safe to say the Citizens have seen better days.
But the gulf in class this season also suggests the Catalan manager should freshen up his squad this summer with a mini overhaul.
With that in mind, here are two players who should walk out the exit door when the summer transfer window opens for business…
The Citizens have already conceded a total of 29 goals in just 25 games played in the Premier League and while that is not an awful record, Liverpool have only allowed 15 during that time.
Defensive issues have been a major problem for Guardiola, with Aymeric Laporte’s lengthy absence taking its toll on results.
Nicolas Otamendi has been justly criticised in the past, with fans vocal in their discontent while the Argentine defender has even labelled a liability by ESPN pundit Frank Leboeuf, who claimed his performance vs Wolves in 2019 “killed his team”.
Not to mention that he’s earning £6.24m per year – a huge figure for a 31-year-old who is seemingly on the decline.
Getting him off the wage bill should be one of Man City’s priorities this summer.
Mendy’s case is similar to the one of Otamendi but with one fundamental difference – injuries.
The 25-year-old left-back has shown fleeting glimpses of brilliance but it still feels like City are waiting for him to fully emerge from his cocoon.
One has to wonder, though, if he will ever fulfil his potential while apparently pursuing a career as a social media influencer.
There is huge footballing potential buried deep underneath his inconsistency, recurring fitness issues and off-field distractions, but can a team of City’s international standing afford to wait any longer? The standard of his performances this season suggest not.
So far this season, the France international has played 1391 minutes across all competitions in but he has looked unconvincing when sufficiently pressured in possession and equally so when facing up against a winger who is willing to dribble directly at him.
With his annual wage standing at £4.68m, Mendy is draining City’s resources.
At this point it’s beginning to feel like that is money that could be better spent elsewhere.
When we combine Mendy and Otamendi’s annual salaries, we conclude that the Citizens could save £10.92m a year if they move the pairing on this summer.