It has been a little under two weeks since the winter transfer window closed. Manchester City were not as active as many thought, myself included. Deals for Alexis Sanchez and Riyad Mahrez both fell through and others put off until the summer.
Last summers transfer window was great, with Ederson, Silva, Walker, and even Danilo now, improving the squad from last term. This one was more of a chance to just shore up our defense and looking to the future.
IN – Aymeric Laporte:
A fantastic debut game against West Brom. The young Frenchman was signed for a record breaking fee, for both clubs.
Manchester City activating the release clause in order to get their man. Making his debut less than 48 hours after being unveiled he caught the eye.
Showing he could be just as tough, he battled with Rondon in the visit of West Brom. To be fair, it was a relatively quiet debut at the back but he caught the eye with his ball distribution from the back.
In his most recent game, against Leicester, he found more chances to defend. Backing off of Jamie Vardy before deflecting the shot past Ederson I don’t think you can totally blame the young Frenchman.
There will be more chances for him to shine as games come thick and fast with the Champions League up next.
OUT – Eliaquim Mangala:
A defender came in, and Eliaquim Mangala left.His debut, unlike Laporte, was terrible.
On the end of a 5-1 thrashing away to Arsenal he certainly got to see more of the action than he’d been used to seeing when playing for City.
More recently he was involved in a 3-1 victory in his home debut. Beating relegation threatened Crystal Palace, the victory will be bittersweet for Mangala.
Coming off the field injured just before half time we will have to wait to see how long he will be sidelined. At the time of his withdrawal from the pitch, Everton were 0-0.
IN/OUT – Jack Harrison:
Signed by City from sister club New York City FC before being loaned out to Middlesbrough.
With Tony Pulis in charge, I am not sure how good his loan spell will be to be honest. He was an unused sub in the defeat away to Norwich City, and I’m not sure the Tony Pulis ‘style’ fits with the type of player Harrison is.
Saturday was a similar story. Although Boro won 2-1 to pull themselves back into play-off contention, Harrison was once again left on the bench.
Next up, Boro travel to Cardiff. Will Jack be warming the bench yet again, or will he get to make his debut?