With Pep Guardiola coming to the Etihad Stadium next season, the club need to start drawing up a shortlist of players that can help him build a championship winning side, not just for this season, but for many seasons to come.
Hence why signing 19-year-old Julian Brandt from Bayer Leverkusen could be both the perfect signing for the club's future and for a side that needs another goal-scoring outlet.
The young German has been in fantastic form in his last five games, scoring a goal in each match and creating two assists in that time period.
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Playing in a similar role to former Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle, Brandt is getting on the end of attacks and becoming a real focal point alongside a quick, expansive front line for Roger Schmidt's side.
It all began with a terrific performance against Stuttgart, where he scored one goal while creating another in a 2-0 victory. He was a part of every attack, penetrating Die Roten's back line with runs in behind or dissecting them with inch-perfect passes, leaving the opposition on their heels every time he had the ball.
On another day, Brandt could have had a hat-trick of goals and assists if he was a little more composed.
He followed that up with another quality performance against Wolfsburg, where he scored again and was involved in everything good about Leverkusen's attacking display. The previous game seemingly gave him a surge of confidence and belief in his ability and with that new-found freedom, he was able to express himself in ways he had found difficult in the past.
Brandt's confidence is clear to see, despite being just 19-years-old, and it shows in his willingness to take on his opponents head-on. On average, Brandt attempted 0.9 dribbles per game before those two fixtures while in the games against Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, he had three in each. That shows his desire to be more than an extra body up front, he wanted to be a bigger part of an attacking force that can be so creative and deadly.
That came to the fore against Schalke at the weekend, when Leverkusen had finally a hurdle to jump during Brandt's recent rise and the youngster absolutely stuck the landing. He scored the first to begin the comeback before playing Javier Hernandez in for the third to complete a stunning fightback.
It was really the renaissance moment for him, finally he was an integral part to his side. No longer was he in the shadow of his illustrious, full-international teammates, he stood on his own merits and brought an extra depth to an attack that had slumbered before his awakening.
The only thing he needs to improve on is his assists, especially for a wide player. He needs to make that killer pass count more often, but his eye for goal has significantly improved over the last few months.
Brandt is on an upwards curve that we all expected from him, which means this could be the ideal time for Manchester City to swoop in and poach him.
He is young, an issue they have in their forward areas with the likes of Jesus Navas, David Silva and Samir Nasri not getting any younger, and he could take some of the scoring burden off of Sergio Aguero.
The German could also fit into Guardiola's style, almost like a younger version of Pedro or Alexis Sanchez, a wide player who can cut inside and grab the added goals that a top tier side need to thrive.
He may need a little time to adapt but with the chance to get him before his value skyrockets, it could be a very shrewd move for the Sky Blues to go get a very exciting young player to add to their ambitions next season.
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