David Alaba, after 12 distinctive years with Bayern Munich, appears to be like set to depart the Bundesliga champions on the finish of the season after a contract supply was withdrawn.
That has inevitably led to heightened hypothesis over a possible transfer to the Premier League for the 28-year-old, with Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea amongst the perimeters believed to have an interest.
A swap to the Etihad would make sense on many ranges, particularly given Alaba’s relationship with Pep Guardiola, who he performed below at Bayern.
If the Austria worldwide did be a part of Metropolis, although, how would he match into the beginning XI? Right here, we’ve taken a take a look at the place the versatile defender may play.
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At left-back in a 4-3-3
The obvious place for Alaba to play can be left-back, significantly after the problems Metropolis have had in that place.
Benjamin Mendy continues to be stricken by damage and defensive inconsistency, whereas Oleksandr Zinchenko is anticipated to depart the membership within the close to future.
Joao Cancelo has impressed at left-back in latest weeks, however Alaba is a degree above just about each different full-back within the Premier League.
Guardiola shall be totally conscious of his skills, and likewise of his means to float inside from left-back, successfully turning into an additional midfielder. That’s one thing the Catalan coach has recurrently requested his full-backs to do, and few are as suited to the inverted position as Alaba.
At centre-back alongside Dias/Laporte
It was Guardiola, throughout his time at Bayern, who first fielded Alaba as a centre-back. It proved a profitable experiment, though by now it looks as if the Austrian can really play anyplace.
“He is an unbelievable expertise,” Guardiola stated. “He can play anyplace. He is fast, is nice within the build-up and is all the time 100 per cent targeted. No doubt he might be among the finest centre-backs on the planet. He is an enormous reward for Bayern.”
Alaba has excelled within the place since, impressing below Hans-Dieter Flick as Bayern stormed to the treble final season.
His means to learn the sport and his exceptional athleticism makes him tough for strikers to beat, even when he’s not gifted with the peak or bodily prowess of many different centre-backs.
He’s additionally an outstanding passer of the ball, and as a left-footed participant offers a pleasant stability to the defence.
If he arrives at Metropolis, Guardiola will surely think about using Alaba as a central defender, although he would then need to make the tough choice of dropping both Ruben Dias or Aymeric Laporte.
There’s, in fact, the choice of a again three, and in that system Alaba may play as both a left-sided centre-back or a left wing-back.
In midfield alongside Rodri and De Bruyne
Alaba additionally operated as a midfielder below Guardiola at Bayern, one other demonstration of his unparalleled versatility.
As Marti Perarnau identified in his ebook Pep Guardiola: The Evolution, Alaba was “used as what the Spaniards name a ‘comodin’ (what we would name a ‘joker card’ – a participant who might be deployed wherever vital), and could possibly be performed as a central defender, left-back, organising midfielder or attacking left midfielder relying on the calls for of every sport”.
He would don’t have any drawback, then, entering into midfield, both as a extra defensive, deep-lying choice alongside Rodri, or a extra superior, quantity eight sort midfielder working in tandem with Kevin De Bruyne.
What is instantly clear is that signing Alaba would supply Guardiola with a number of choices, and that’s one thing the Metropolis boss values extremely in a participant.
The Bayern participant can be a high quality addition, whether or not he’s deployed as a defender or a midfielder.