It has been just over two years since Pep Guardiola took the reigns at Manchester City. Since then he has transformed the side into a dominant force and with that in mind, we look at four of his best signings as City boss.
German international Leroy Sané was one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings as Manchester City manager. The creative winger joined the club in August 2016 for a fee of £37M from Schalke 04. Since his arrival, Sané has made 80 appearances in all competitions, scoring 18 and assisting 25. Although he has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, his contribution in City’s 2017/18 record breaking campaign was nothing short of exceptional and we have no doubt he’ll regain his place in the side in time.
Following many below par performances from Claudio Bravo (possibly Guardiola’s least impressive signing), the Etihad faithful were crying out for a solid shot stopper between the sticks. In June 2017 their cries were answered as the club completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica CF for £35M. His arrival was met with scepticism, with many supporters doubtful due to his inexperience. However, in his 44 Premier League games for the club, Ederson has performed superbly, winning 36 matches and keeping a clean sheet on 21 occasions. Incredibly, the 25-year-old also notched an assist in the 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield after setting Sergio Aguero through with a gargantuan goal-kick.
England full-back Kyle Walker joined Manchester City from Tottenham in July 2017 for an initial fee of £45M, rising to £50M with add-ons. His Manchester City career got off to a difficult start, seeing red in just his second competitive start, a home debut against Everton. However, he quickly established himself as City’s first choice right-back and went on to play an instrumental part in their title winning and record breaking 2017/18 season. With at least four years remaining on his contract, there is no doubt he will go on to pick up another trophy or two.
Arguably one of Pep Guardiola’s most consistent performers since joining from Monaco for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be £43.5M. The 5’8” winger has been a prominent figure in the team, making more appearances than any other player in the squad by the end of the 2017/18 season. His workmanlike performances have won the hearts of the Citizens and we expect more of the same this season from the Portuguese international.