Premier League 2016/17 Preview – Manchester City

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Sergio Aguero scored 24 goals in the league last season, but will his goals propel City to the title this time around? Image: Sky Sports

After limping in to the Champions League places last season, City look like they mean business this summer. They have appointed one of the best managers in the world and spend over £150m on new players. Despite being the top scorers last season, the majority of City’s investment has been spent on attackers. Nolito and Leroy Sane have been brought in to ease the burden on last season’s golden boot winner Sergio Aguero, whilst Gabriel Jesus will join the club in January. Ilkay Gundogan has been brought in to run the midfield, whilst John Stones has been brought in for almost £50m. Stones could really develop as a top centre back under Guardiola, who favours the possession-based game that suits the England defender. He had been a victim of playing in a fragile Everton team that offered him very little protection, so playing in a side with the quality of Man City could only be good for him. Surprisingly, Yaya Toure is still at the club, but he will have to show more application than he did last season if he is to keep his place. The Manchester derby will be a particular highlight this season, pitting Pep against Mourinho and two of the most expensive squads facing off, potentially for the title.

Key Man: Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian had an impressive first year back in the Premier League, chipping in with 7 goals and 10 assists. City were a much poorer side when he was injured, as they only picked up wins against Villa and Sunderland in those seven games. With the addition of new attacking talent, De Bruyne should be able to contribute even more than last year, becoming the main creative force to replace David Silva.

One to Watch: Jason Denayer. The Belgian centre back spent last season on loan at Galatasaray where he established himself as a part of their first team. Centre back has been a problem position for City over the years, and despite having two of the most expensive defenders in the world to compete with, neither one of them have proven themselves to be Vincent Kompany’s partner. It will be a long season for City, with the owners aiming for a Champions League win, so Denayer may get his chance if he stays put at the Etihad.

Last Season: 4th  

Prediction: 2nd

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