Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Options in the Middle

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Options in the Middle

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THE fact City are not pursuing another holding midfielder after missing out on target Jorginho says it all.

It is not often the Blues put all of their transfer eggs in one basket, but it now seems that the Italy international was the man they wanted, and they had no fall-back plan.

Instead, Pep Guardiola will now seek to fill the gap left by Yaya Toure's departure.

Guardiola intends to utilise players from within the squad to do so - but to whom will he turn? We look at the options. ¦ ILKAY GUNDOGAN Not a natural for the number six position, but the Germany international stepped into the role last season for four of the five forced absences which Fernandinho had through suspension or injury.

The fact that City won all four - trips to Arsenal and Spurs and home games against Chelsea and Swansea - is testament to his suitability in the role. …

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