Date published: Sunday 15th December 2019 2:59
Former Manchester City captain Richard Dunne believes Jonny Evans would be the perfect January signing to solve their defensive issues – even if he thinks the move is unlikely.
The reigning champions have nearly conceded as many goals in the Premier League as they did throughout the whole of last season.
Having failed to sign a replacement for Vincent Kompany in the summer, things took another turn for the worse when Aymeric Laporte was ruled out for several months with injury back in September.
Midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho have had to deputise in the backline at times, and ex-defender Dunne thinks it was a mistake not to have brought in a new natural centre-half.
“For all their attacking prowess, and it is very good, City have failed over the last couple of years because you always think they’re not strong enough at the back,” he told the Irish Independent.
“And now they need two centre-backs. One, Aymeric Laporte, is out with an injury and the other two don’t seem capable of putting together a string of performances to allow them keep clean sheets.
“I can’t see Guardiola going out to buy one, but they need someone who could come in right now and help out.
“Jonny Evans has been brilliant for Leicester, he knows the league and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did earmark him to come in for a year or 18 months.
“If, as expected, Manchester City do end up losing their league title, they will really have lost it last summer in the transfer market when Pep Guardiola decided not to sign a centre-back.
“You need to plan for injuries and suspensions and City didn’t do that.
“They seemed to think they would be OK, but they didn’t take into account that injury to Aymeric Laporte or the form of Nicolas Otamendi.
“So they were wrong to not sign a defender in the summer.”