The 2018/19 football season has been a record breaking one for Manchester City. Rather than awarding a single player of the season, Man City Square have decided to feature those players who we feel have made an outstanding contribution to the campaign.
As a Manchester City I am curious to know how our best defender, in the best team in the country continues to be over looked by the France National team manager Didier Deschamps. Unless Deschamps is seeing something no one can see, the omission of Laporte can not be based on footballing reasons. So what is it, that he has done which is so bad that Deschamps can not over look it?
The code word seemingly used by journalists is “attitude”, yet Laporte is a player whose attitude appears to be without reproach. He works hard, seems kind and polite. Seems well liked in our squad and does not give off any vibes which would lead any reasonable person to think of him as difficult. Yet somehow Deschamps selects Zouma over Laporte.
I hope if this is dwelling on the mind of our Aymeric that he is able to continue to use it to turn his performances on the pitch into gold dust. As a City fan I am ambivalent about the way in which Aymeric gets to rest during International tournaments. One less player who may get needlessly injured.
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Since he joined City, Laporte has looked like a world class prospect. Strong and tall, with a penchant for accurate long range left foot passing and a good reader of the game. This season his performances have been even more solid, which in a team who play such a high defensive line is all the more impressive.
In the Premier League he has played 35 games, scoring 3 goals and gaining 3 assists. Those assists have mainly come from the times he has been deployed as a make shift left back, allowing him to surge into the area on the break. His return in all competitions this season is an impressive played 51 times, scored 5 and assisted 3. Not bad for a central defender.
He has cemented the left hand side of our defence and looks as though he will not be relinquishing it for another 10 years. Just turned 25 and under contract until 30 June 2025. Another example of City’s excellent scouting and recruitment.