Listed here are your Manchester Metropolis night headlines for Saturday, 26 September.
Metropolis affirm Couto mortgage
After securing a transfer to Manchester Metropolis earlier in the summertime switch window, younger Brazilian prospect Yan Couto has already been loaned out.
The 18-year-old, who value £5.5million earlier in the summertime and hoped to impress Pep Guardiola in a pre-season that he by no means bought as a result of coronavirus, will be a part of Girona in Italy. He’s the third Metropolis participant to make a mortgage swap to Girona this summer time.
Couto knew that this was at all times the plan, although.
“Proper initially of negotiations with Metropolis, first hand, they wished to mortgage me [out]. But it surely was not what I wished and so I had a choice for Bayern and Barcelona, who would use me within the first group,” he informed Globo Esporte after signing for Metropolis.
“When it was alright to go to Barça, I had already determined, on the final minute Pep noticed my video games, he actually favored my model of play, what I did on the Worlds [Under-17 World Cup]. Then my consultant at Metropolis, Cadu, requested why he was going to Barça… So he managed to get me to the primary group at Metropolis and go to play with Pep, who had the chance to do the pre-season with Guardiola.
“I do know that I’m new, that they’ve nice choice gamers within the squad, I do know that I’ve to be affected person, that I’ve to evolve, adapt in Europe, however I believe that in a short while I could also be enjoying, coming into video games, enjoying in Cups.”
Metropolis face the identical problem once more
As Metropolis squandered their Premier League title defence final season, Guardiola’s aspect failed to satisfy the problem that a superb Liverpool laid down because the circumstances across the group brought about issues.
From accidents at centre-back to an ongoing authorized case with UEFA, Metropolis handled a variety of extraordinarily difficult developments. They had been unable to beat these on the pitch.
And now, beginning this season, they face comparable difficulties. Not solely have they suffered essential accidents, together with to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, however the shortened preseason after their European exploits in August and a particularly troublesome opening slate of fixtures has given Guardiola loads of hurdles to navigate early on.
Final season, Metropolis faltered because of such difficulties off the pitch. This season, Guardiola and his gamers should present that they’ll reply.
You’ll be able to learn a full evaluation of the challenges dealing with Metropolis early on this season right here.
Analysing centre-back choices
As negotiations for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly stall, Metropolis are set to show their consideration to different targets, with Ruben Dias and Jules Kounde named as potential targets.
Koulibaly is essentially the most skilled of the trio, and in addition the most costly, however Dias, 23, and Kounde, 21, present intriguing alternate options that Metropolis may discover within the coming days as they give the impression of being so as to add to Nathan Ake on the centre-back place.
However what would every present, in the event that they had been dropped at the Etihad, and which may be Metropolis’s most suitable choice to focus on?
The M.E.N’s Metropolis author Joe Bray delved into the statistics to research which of the three could possibly be Metropolis’s most suitable choice. He concluded that Dias affords an intriguing mix of each Koulibaly and Kounde, with somewhat extra expertise than the latter with out the worth tag of the previous.
You’ll be able to learn Bray’s full evaluation right here.