Spain international Jesus Navas was bought by Manchester City in a deal worth £14.9m earlier this month.
The former Sevilla star is expected to bring a different approach to the Manchester City attacks.
In the Spanish national side, Navas is the chief executor of Plan B. When their tiki-taka fails to break the opposition down, Navas is the one entrusted to open up opposition defences via his pace, direct running and crossing abilities.
Navas is also comfortable playing the pass-and-move game, at the same time he is at his best hugging the touch line and running at opposition defences.
Navas’ strength is his dribbling ability, with which he scares defenders with his pace and athleticism.
Manchester City had brought Scott Sinclair last season, thinking that he will be able to provide width to their attacks. But the former Swansea winger failed to get going at Etihad Stadium, so City have brought an upgrade over him in the form of Navas.
Manchester City’s current squad features the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and James Milner operating in the role. But they all provide different dimension to the natural one, as they are comfortable cutting inside, shooting or setting up others. Traditional wing-play has been absent from City in the past season.
With the arrival of Navas, inconsistent Nasri might find his future in the balance as well. Navas is more established and with years of playing experience at La Liga he will be expected to hit the ground running from the start.
Navas' direct running and pace will increase the threat posed by City on counter attacks as well. The World Cup and Euro winner is at the peak of his career and has gotten over the homesickness which curtailed his progress earlier.
Navas arrival at Etihad Stadium will undoubtedly double the attacking strength of Manchester City. He brings a different approach and different dimension to the City attacks. Whether it will be a plan A or B, it remains to be seen.
The man who scored the winning penalty in the Confederations Cup semi-final against Italy on Thursday will be eagerly waiting to hit the ground running in Premier League.
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