During a football season you have a couple of transfer windows in which to bring in new players. Maybe its position in which you need improvement or maybe its just to add depth to your side. Either way, it can be a boost to your side at a vital time.
For Manchester City, we are about to witness what might as well be a third transfer window. The return of Benjamin Mendy to the Manchester City lineup can now be counted in days, rather than weeks and months.
One of Pep’s summer signings, the ex Monaco left back impressed early on for the Blues. Picking up knee ligament damage in September, his season was feared to be over. Plugging the gap with Danilo, Fabian Delph and more recently Zinchenko, City have managed to still find their way to a cup final, and eighteen points ahead in the Premier League.
An update, earlier in the season, had the Frenchman scheduled for a return around the same time as the Champions League semi final. Treatment was received by Mendy in Barcelona, administered by Guardiola’s close friend, Dr Ramon Cugat.
Recovery, and his return to fitness, has been around his team mates though. And, by the looks of his Twitter account over the past six months, he has kept himself quite entertained. Now it seems Blue Mendy could return to the first team line up just in time for the Manchester derby. At least that’s what the official Manchester City account would have us believe.
If that is true, then it could be a great game to return to. The Manchester derby is always one the fans look for when the fixtures get released in June, but this one could have some added spice. If results go their way, Manchester City could secure the Premier League trophy, at the Etihad, against Manchester United.
Of course that needs no explaining as to what that would mean to fans, but think of this. Jose Mourinho will be in the opposition dugout with possibly Alexis Sanchez in the opposition colors. That makes a scenario, as laid out above, a fantastic one for Pep.
For Mendy though, the Manchester derby could still be a game to early. Was reply to the City tweet a serious note of caution over expectations or just Mendy being Mendy? Only time will tell, until then, you decide.