With three clean sheets, nine consecutive victories, and eight goals since the inception of this season's Premier League, Manchester City are the early pace setters and look like they possess the winning formula with a squad that looks totally unified.
So do they really need Kevin de Bruyne?
Winning the Player of the Season in the Bundesliga is no mean feat for someone who doesn't operate inside the dominant Bayern Munich and testifies the undeniable talent of the young Belgian playmaker. With such accolades comes widespread speculation.
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Manchester City are one of the sides who are intensifying their pursuit of the 24-year-old ex-Chelsea man and may well wrap up this deal before the conclusion of the summer transfer window.
But is this an acquisition intent on strengthening what looks like a more than adequate City team? Or a case of preventing rivals from gaining pace in the Premier League and Europe?
David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, are players who are performing at optimum brilliance and are, without doubt, the best midfield and attack line in Europe at this stage of the season. Granted it's early days but it's a formula that need not be tampered with.
City have in the past been accused of being 'top heavy', missing protection for the back four, and lacking a box to box midfielder who is willing to track back. So even if this was the case this season, which Fernandinho and Toure are clearly showing it isn't, then Manuel Pellegrini and Sheikh Mansour's delegates surely shouldn't be looking for someone who certainly couldn't displace the Spaniard David Silva.
The argument for
The arrival of De Bruyne would add positive competition (a la Otamendi and Mangala) and confidence that they are the team to beat this season. It'll be another transfer that big rivals will miss out on plus provide cover in the attacking midfield role, so why not go after the master of the assist in Europe last season?
De Bruyne is a player that needs to play, and needs to be at the forefront of the team. The star man, the midfield maestro. Infamously remembered at Chelsea for throwing the toys out of the pram when he didn't start for the champions he showed how much he needed to be focal point of a team, and not a bit part player.
The big picture for Pellegrini here is keeping his squad happy. The only 'big four' club who look completely calm and assertive in the early stage of the season jeopardising this fluidity by bringing in another attack minded player needs to be considered.
Upsetting the balance
De Bruyne may well be the player for the future that Man City need and at 24 will only improve. Toure and Silva are 32 and 29 respectively and have presumably peaked, now facing a battle against time now before their influence wanes. The purchase of Raheem Sterling shows that development in the long run is a top priority and as a certified starter it's a fool proof buy.
De Bruyne is another issue.
Not to say he isn't talented enough to start for Man City, that's undoubted. The debate here is that bringing in someone with that talent and that potentially could risk upsetting the balance in a squad that fits the phrase "if it ain't broke don't fix it".
City fans, like all others, want the best for their club, and for them it's bringing in the biggest names in football. De Bruyne is a fantastic talent to say the least and will add another edge to the City attack line, but will it upset the balance or finally put Man City on the European map? Honestly, I'm more concerned about the former.
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