Mega rich Manchester City seem to have started their now annual Summer transfer splurge early this year, signing Jesus Navas for a rumoured £17m + add-ons, according to BBC Sport.
The move comes as a surprise to many due to his ongoing battle with homesickness and anxiety problems that caused his international career to be dramatically impacted upon.
However, it appears that intense counselling sessions have allowed for this issue to be reduced enough for Navas to accept a move to City. The question now remains on how he will fit into the squad of his new team.
Navas is as natural a winger as you are bound to find in world football. Blessed with explosive pace and tremendous ball control, one would automatically assume that he would quickly find his feet in Premier League football.
However, one of Navas' main problems is his distinct lack of goal-scoring prowess. Last season he failed to hit the net at all in 37 league games. Were this to happen in the Premier League it is safe to say that he would quickly come under massive scrutiny as players of such an attacking nature are often expected to chip in with their fair share of goals.
He does, however compensate for his misfiring in front of goal with a number of quality assists, making nine goals in all competitions last year. At 5ft 7 inches, the diminutive winger is also not particularly strong, something which is becoming more and more important in the league.
On the other hand his balance is likely to aid him in any battles on the field, as he showed on an almost weekly basis in the Spanish Primera.
One thing that is very noticeable about the City of last season is their obvious lack of width, often employing the over-rated James Milner as a rudimentary winger. Navas will be a completely different option which City have required all year.
Scott Sinclair seems to be the most natural alternative but for a potentially title winning side, he is not yet up to scratch. City's apparent narrowness is more to do with departing manager Roberto Mancini and it is expected that the imminent arrival of Manuel Pellegrini will allow for the team's play to open up somewhat. A 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 system seems to be the most obvious formation choice for City next year which would allow Navas to make the right-wing position his own.
Alongside Toure and Silva in the centre and possibly Isco on the left (a signing which is a distinct possibility due to the probable installation of Pellegrini), and City would have a midfield to be very envious of.
Will Navas succeed? Only time will tell, but his impact will probably not be as instantaneous as City fans would like due to his inherent problems. However, I believe his quality will shine through eventually and he will play an important role in Manchester City's bid to regain the Premier League title.
What do you think? Will Navas be the flop of the season, or will he be City’s next superstar? Leave your comments below.
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