For all the crazy money Premier League clubs spent this summer, £20million on Ilkay Gundogan looks to have been an absolute bargain.
The Manchester City midfielder has been in formidable form since recovering from a knee injury that postponed his debut until mid-September and in recent games, he's proven himself to a goalscorer too.
The Germany international scored a brace against West Brom last weekend, and followed that up with another double against Barcelona.
Of course, his abilities as a box-to-box midfielder are hardly news. Gundogan's been on the radar of many top European clubs for quite a while having been so impressive for his old club Borussia Dortmund.
Jurgen Klopp was key to his development there, and he's surely only going to get even better playing under Pep Guardiola. To be fair, it'd be hard work not being any good after being coached by those two.
Gundogan has made an interesting comparison between them in The Sun, and if you want to read anything into it, it sounds like he prefers his current manager's style of football.
Two top managers
“Jurgen and I don’t speak but exchange text messages sometimes," he says.
“The similarities (between Guardiola and Klopp) are that both are great character and great managers, successful as well.
“But they are maybe different in the type of football they want to play.
“Pep wants to have the ball, to dominate the game and [Klopp] wants you to run, to play with passion and fight for every ball.
“That shows us that both concepts can be very successful.”
Asked what kind of football he preferred, he responded:
"Now I enjoy it here. I love to have the ball, pass it to teammates and receive it back.
"So the type of football we play here suits me perfectly – I am very comfortable with that."
Klopp's also made a habit of losing cup finals, so that's another thing he'll probably enjoy about working under Guardiola instead.
Who will be more successful this season - Klopp or Guardiola? Have your say in the comments.
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