I’ve stated multiple times that Pep Guardiola’s refusal to
buy another central defender is one of the reasons why Manchester City failed
to meet the expectations this season. I still believe that is the case, but I
can’t deny the fact that the Spanish manager has been unlucky too.
The injury of Aymeric Laporte early in the campaign was
monumental. The Frenchman is the best player in arguably the only position
where the champions are short in numbers.
What he brings to this team is invaluable for many reasons
and his return is crucial for Manchester City. If Laporte is fit, the club
still has a chance to salvage the season by lifting the UEFA Champions League
What Do the Numbers Say?
Before I get to my subjective opinion, let’s explore the numbers. Aymeric Laporte has pl...