Man City’s defensive woes
Manchester City have been fairly poor at the back this campaign.
With Vincent Kompany departing the club over the summer and Aymeric Laporte spending a prolonged period on the sidelines, City defenders such as John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have shown that they are simply just not up to scratch.
Pep Guardiola seems to have little faith in Stones and Otamendi as a centre-back pairing, with the Spaniard often choosing to deploy Fernandinho, a midfielder by trade, as a makeshift central defender, with one of Stones or Otamendi sitting on the bench.
It is also quite hard to argue that Man City’s defensive woes this term aren’t a big part of why they are currently 22 points adrift of league-leaders Liverpool.
Granted, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been unstoppable this campaign, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that City have been nowhere near the level they were at in the previous two campaigns.
Throughout the entirety of last season, the Citizens conceded just 23 goals in the English top-flight.
This term, however, has already seen the Sky Blues let in 29 PL goals in 15 fewer outings.
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Man City tracking Joe Rodon
With their defensive issues so apparent this term, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to hear that City have already been linked with a number of centre-backs ahead of the summer window.
The Times recently reported that City are tracking Villarreal’s Pau Torres, and the Manchester powerhouse have also scouted Benfica’s Ruben Dias, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk.
Now, on Wednesday the 5th of February, City are being linked with another centre-half.
According to the Daily Mail, Man City are tracking Swansea defender Joe Rodon.
Rodon, who is contracted to the Welsh outfit until 2022, has made 15 league appearances this term, and recently returned from an ankle injury, which kept him out for a long period.
The report from the Mail also claims that Bournemouth, Everton, Leicester, Chelsea and Arsenal have all watched the Swansea centre-back over the past 18 months.