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Sunderland In Talks To Sign Powerhouse Defender From Man City – What Will He Add To The Team?

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Sourav Bhakat
An ardent sports lover who loves to sleep, eat and watch Manchester City play. In that order.

According to reports, Sunderland are the latest club to join the race for Manchester City defender Jason Denayer. The Belgian international seems to have been frozen out at the Etihad and is desperate for a move. With the constraint of time and City not requiring to sell, a loan deal is the most likely scenario. While Pep has gotten off the blocks with a bang in the Premier League, there have been players falling by the wayside due to the success of some. Denayer has for a long being touted as the next big thing in the City defence and even though centre-back has been a recurring issue for the Sky Blues for a couple of seasons now, inexplicably the Belgian hasn’t been given a chance. And with the likes of Mangala at the club, Denayer has been made to spend time on loan at Celtic and Galatasaray.

His performances have made the Turkish giants come back with another loan offer but the player might be looking at having a crack in the Premier League this time around.

Meanwhile, Sunderland have not got off to the best of starts with a solitary point after a trio of matches. While it is too early for the alarm bells to be ringing, Moyes’s recent records do signal cause for concern. But he still has a day and a half to bolster his squad and make the necessary signings which he will hope can resurrect the team. With his lofty claims of making sure Sunderland finish higher up the table instead of another relegation dogfight, he must have something up his sleeve to back his claims.

While a striker and a goalkeeper are also targets, Jason Denayer is looking more likely to be their next signing.  The big Belgian stands tall at 6’’2 and is physically mature beyond his years. His work rate and imposing gait enables him to dominate the attackers and his speed and athleticism has been an integral part of his playing style.

His biggest strength is his aerial ability and due to his traits of being strong and his propensity to successfully make last ditch tackles, he has been rightly compared to his club and county teammate Vincent Kompany. Calm and composed on the ball, he never panics and lets the team keep the ball most of the times. His versatility has been his forte with the player adept at playing both at right-back and centre-back. With a shortage of reserves in both the positions, especially right-back, the player would represent a very good signing for the under pressure David Moyes.

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