Most expensive defence
No side in world football has a more expensive defense than Manchester City.
Since 2014, Man City have forked out more than £240m on defenders and goalkeepers.
A number of high-profile signings have flopped at the club in recent seasons, including former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.
Despite their expensive additions, Pep Guardiola has chosen to start central midfielder Fabian Delph at left-back for City’s Group F match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
Delph has found chances at the Etihad few and far between since he moved to the club from Aston Villa in 2015. Injuries haven’t helped his cause either.
The 27-year-old scored a cracker of a goal in City’s recent 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, and is being rewarded with a start – albeit not in his preferred position.
To be fair to Guardiola, first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy, another summer addition, is injured.
Still, it does seem an odd choice.
Man City have spent £240m on defenders since 2014.
But this man starts at left-back: pic.twitter.com/XcwBLreQAi
— bet365 (@bet365) September 26, 2017
So Man City spent 200+ million in defenders, yet tonight they have Fabian Delph at left back
— Pedro Santos (@SantosPed) September 26, 2017
Fabian Delph at LB?? pic.twitter.com/sZ51ndcvmI
— Niall D (@Crusty_Crouton) September 26, 2017
Did City really spend £100m on fullbacks and still have to start with Delph at LB
— Michail (@_antxnio_) September 26, 2017
Wait is Fabian Delph really playing LB?
— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) September 26, 2017