Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Manchester City Tie Down Youngster To The Club: Why This Could Save Them Millions

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Manchester City have been a busy club since the end of the previous season and understandably so as they failed to lift any silverware to show for their star-studded squad. They have already started improving on their first team but Pep Guardiola is also having an eye on the future and is getting deals done for some young stars.

Manchester City recently announced that they have managed to tie young defender Tosin Adarabioyo to the club on a four-year deal till 2021. Born in Manchester, the 19-year old came through the ranks at the Etihad and has earned rave reviews for his performances for the youth side before his move to the senior side in 2016.

Pep Guardiola identified him as a player that could be up for the challenge at the highest stage in the previous summer and seems to have been impressed by his learning curve and has decided to tie him up before other clubs come knocking. But how does Adarabioyo signing help the Citizens?

At just 19, he is far away from being a first team alternative for Guardiola next season. After a disappointing campaign, the Spanish manager has decided to spend big and get some of the best players to his club this summer.

However, what it does mean is that City have got one of the finest youngsters in England to call upon in the near future. Having already represented England in the U16, U17, U18 and U19 sides, the Manchester-born centre-back is yet to make a senior appearance for the club in the league. He has an appearance in the UCL and the League Cup, to add to his 15 impressive starts for the reserves side at the Etihad.

He played the full 90 minutes against Celtic in the previous year’s group game in the UCL and impressed many in what was just his second appearance in the competition. Known for his physical presence in the box, Adarabioyo is a strong tackler who does not give the striker any space or time on the ball.

His biggest strength is the way he uses his large frame to dominate the opponents not just on the ground but also in the air. City spent on John Stones in the previous transfer window but have not been able to settle with him in the first team. Nicolas Otamendi was decent while Vincent Kompany could yet revive his career at the club.

They will be in the market for another centre-back but in years to come, Adarabioyo could just be the right man to replace the Belgian skipper of the side, or slowly settle himself as a genuine option for Guardiola in the first team, saving the club certain millions.

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