Sell, loan or keep: Manchester City’s fringe players assessed ahead of the summer window

A second consecutive Premier League in the bag, star names all but likely to remain for another season, life is good for Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s side have firmly established themselves as one of the best sides in the history of English football and already look like favourites to retain their title for the third year on the trot, and with the summer transfer window in full swing, City could get better.

With so many quality first-team players on the books, it could be a summer that sees those that are far off the 18-man squad be shipped off this transfer window, so who out of everyone in the Man City team that made 15 first-team starts or less in the league last season should be shown the exit door in the upcoming weeks?

Goalkeepers – Arijanet Muric, Zack Steffen

Arijanet Muric – Keep him: The Kosovo international was recalled from loan at the start of the season after an ACL injury ended Claudio Bravo’s year, forcing the youngster to play as Ederson’s back up, and this should be a role Arijanet Muric retains next season.

Zack Steffen – Loan him: The American international is one of the most promising goalkeepers in the game after three seasons of being the number one man between the sticks in MLS, and a year out on loan will be beneficial for Zack Steffen.

Defenders – Tosin Adarabioyo, Pablo Mari, Benjamin Mendy, Erik Palmer-Brown, Philippe Sandler

Tosin Adarabioyo – Keep him: With Vincent Kompany returning home to Anderlecht, a vacant spot for a new centre-back in the squad is now open, and after an impressive year out on loan Tosin Adarabioyo would be the perfect man to fill it, adding another homegrown talent to Guardiola’s arsenal.

Pablo Mari – Sell him: There wasn’t much fanfare when Pablo Mari signed for City in 2016, and now is the time to allow the Spanish defender to walk permanently from the club after a third season out on loan.

Benjamin Mendy – Sell him: The world’s second most expensive full-back hasn’t exactly flourished as many expected, with injuries greatly impacting Benjamin Mendy’s minutes in Manchester. He’s a character in the dressing room and off the pitch, but this summer the club should be ruthless and offload the French international.

Erik Palmer-Brown – Sell him: Erik Palmer-Brown moving to Manchester City was always going to be a risk for the American, and this summer the defender must make the brave decision and look to seek a permanent move away from the club to get his once promising career back on track.

Philippe Sandler – Loan him: The 22-year-old Dutchman made a risky decision choosing not to ask for a loan move last year, and this summer Philippe Sandler can’t afford to waste another year with the City youth teams and must seek first-team football for the season elsewhere.

Midfielders – Mix Diskerud, Phil Foden, Aleix Garcia, Manu Garcia, Claudio Gomes, Luka Ilic, Douglas Luiz

Mix Diskerud – Sell him: Another midfielder who 99% of City fans have forgotten is on the books at the club, Mix Diskerud needs to make the permanent move away from the Etihad.

Phil Foden – Loan him: This season finally saw Phil Foden used more regularly in the City first-team, and after impressing under Guardiola the England U-17 World Cup winner should use his displays as leverage to go out on loan and get a full season of football under his belt.

Aleix Garcia – Loan him: Although he was unable to save Girona from relegation, Aleix Garcia proved to be a vital player for the CFG-owned club, but with a packed City central midfield standing in his way, another year out on loan would be a smart move for the Spaniard.

Manu Garcia – Loan him: Another Garcia who impressed away from City, Manu Garcia suffers the same problem as his namesake. The quality Guardiola has in midfield is ridiculous, and the 21-year-old playmaker will benefit from another year of consecutive football rather than wasting away on the bench.

Claudio Gomes – Keep him: at 18 yearsold, Claudio Gomes could benefit massively with a year in-and-around the first-team, learning the Guardiola style of play and improving his game alongside the likes of Fernandinho and David Silva.

Yangel Herrera – Keep him: Manchester City have long been looking for a replacement for Fernandinho, and they might just have it in Yangel Herrera. The Venezuelan international improved the fortunes of an already doomed SD Huesca when he joined in January, and with New York City FC the 21-year-old was the engine of the best midfield in MLS.

Luka Ilic – Loan him: Injury kept Luka Ilic away from having a great year at NAC Breda, and the attacking midfielder deserves another crack at consecutive first-team football in the 2019/20 season.

Douglas Luiz – Loan him: Douglas Luiz showed signs of immense promise when he was signed last year, but a poor season with Girona seems to have postponed any plans of first-team football at City for the time being. Another year out on loan would be beneficial for the Brazilian.

Attackers – Jack Harrison, Marlos Moreno, Lukas Nmecha

Jack Harrison – Sell him: Despite being a mainstay in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side last term, Jack Harrison didn’t do enough to show Guardiola he deserves a chance at City. The winger has been linked with a permanent move away by the Sun, and the Citizens should take the money and run.

Marlos Moreno – Sell him: There was a point in time when Marlos Moreno was once one of the most talked about South American prospects in world football, but the Colombian has been stuck in the City loan machine ever since his move, and this summer the 22-year-old needs to get out while he still can.

Lukas Nmecha – Sell him: After an above-average season at Preston North End, Lukas Nmecha could be tempted with a move away from the Etihad with the Manchester Evening News reporting on Bundesliga sides being interested in the Hamburg-born striker. This is an opportunity the 20-year-old should take in a heartbeat.

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