It may be early days in Pep Guardiola’s Man. City reign but he’s clearly not afraid to ruffle a few feathers in his squad, none more so than with his goalkeepers.
The opening Premier League weekend saw Joe Hart omitted from the first eleven in a clear sign that the new manager wants his team to play his way regardless of reputation. Naturally it’s put a question mark over the England number one’s future at the club but Pep himself risks causing a dilemma if he doesn’t act quickly.
He may have started Willy Caballero in goal against Sunderland on the opening day but very few are of the impression the former Malaga stopper is Guardiola’s preferred choice. Clearly then, new faces are needed, but with not long left in the transfer market before it shuts the former Bayern Munich boss needs to act swiftly.
Fortunately, unless you’re Joe Hart, Pep seems rather decisive and so here are THREE ‘keepers we think he should go for…
Bravo is Pep’s number one goalkeeping target and a deal seems to be ready to go through.
The Barcelona stopper is exactly the kind of goalkeeper Guardiola likes, he’s quick off of his line, agile and great with his feet.
He also has good experience in winning trophies, well you would at Barcelona, and this will only aid City’s quest for domestic and continental glory.
The young PSG man faces tough competition from Kevin Trapp in the French capital and may find opportunities limited given the German is only 26.
Bravo, however, is 33 and so Areola should get a chance once the Chilean retires. The Frenchman is a good ‘keeper and was the first choice on loan at Villarreal last season so with Guardiola’s tutelage he could become very good.
Don’t be surprised if Guardiola tries to get Reina in, the Spanish goalkeeper knows exactly how Pep likes to play.
Reina was always good with his feet and with his Premier League experience from his days at Liverpool it would be a low risk move.
Whether he’d want to leave Napoli where he is first choice is up for debate but the chance of winning a Premier League title for the first time would surely intrigue.