Can Jesus Navas make an impact next season?
Manchester City opinion: Jesus Navas will give Manchester City a new dimension
The acquisition of Jesus Navas is one which could be deemed as a bargain, considering he has been capped by Spain 24 times and yet his transfer fee was an estimated £14.9million.
This fee is considerably low in this current transfer market, especially for the bigger football clubs like Manchester City.
This acquisition of Navas could be a shrewd bit of business by the club due to his natural ability but also his overall game will give the club a completely new dimension.
He is very much a typical Spanish player with a pass and move philosophy within his game and technical ability to play passes other players just don’t see.
In addition to this, he has played in one of the top European leagues for many seasons for Sevilla and at the age of 27 he is entering his peak years as a player.
In terms of a new dimension which he will add to the City team, is his ability to want to hug the touchline and attack the opposing wing-back. Last season when City played they seemed to lack width, particularly when Nasri and Silva were expected to play as wingers but they always seemed to want to cut back inside.
This desire to cut inside meant that the middle of the park became congested and therefore the opposition were able to crowd Manchester City out of the game, this in my opinion is one of the numerous reasons why they finished 11 points behind Manchester United.
By acquiring Navas, he is willing to hug the touchline but also offers that sense of speed and flair to enable him to take on the opposition. By giving City some width as a natural winger this will also enable his other team mates, such as Silva and Yaya Toure, to have much more room on the pitch to enable them to dictate the play.
In addition to this Navas’ final ball in terms of his crossing ability when he gets into the positions is sublime, as seen with the amount of assists over the years for Seville.
One of the issues which he may have to overcome is the speed in which he can adapt to the English way of life, particularly after it was reported that he suffered with homesickness when he first made the move to Sevilla. I feel this can be overcome with the amount of Spanish speaking players in the Manchester City team, who can aid their new teammate into the Premier League and new way of life in England such as Pablo Zabaleta.
This could enable him to increase his performance on the pitch, presuming he will play as a right midfielder, if he can create an on and off the field relationship with regular right-back Zabaleta this can create an understanding between the players and therefore improve performance on the pitch.
Overall Navas has shown over the years that he is a class act and I just hope he can bring his game and perform in the Premier League.
He will be a great addition to Manchester City and the competition as a whole and therefore I can’t wait to watch him in action and he could well be the difference between the success and failure for Manchester City next season.
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