Player News - Manchester City

Date: Team: Pos:

Manchester City defender Jason Denayer has joined Galatasaray on a season-long loan.

City have enough depth at center-back to be able to let Denayer go on loan and it is very doubtful that they will rely on his services in the near future. Denayer isn't likely to have fantasy value in the Premier League for at least another two years. He is not worth owning in any fantasy leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 3:33 PM

Man City racked up their 10th victory in a row, before announcing the £54 million signing of Kevin de Bruyne. It’s looking ominous for the rest of the PL…

It’s a perfect four from four this season for City, without a goal conceded. The one team in the Premier League with no discernible weakness has also added Europe’s most prolific goal creator of the recent seasons. Which means problems for managers. Manual Pellegrini has got to pick which players to leave on the bench… The rest of the PL managers have got to figure out how to deal with the players he puts on the pitch…And us FL managers have got to select which City players to own. Their ten goals this season have been scored by eight different players – the only two registering twice being Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho. Watford’s stubborn first half resistance was finally broken by Samir Nasri replacing Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling playing centrally. David Silva was again the man that unpicked the lock. So where de Bruyne fits in remains to be seen. Perhaps Joe Hart will miss out – he didn’t have a shot to save on Saturday…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 31 - 5:19 AM

Raheem Sterling got his first goal for Manchester City from a Bacary Sagna assist as the league leaders beat Watford 2-0 at the Etihad.

It was a frustrating first half as City attacked but couldn't get off the mark with Sterling going close and other chances just not coming together. The second half started much differently with Sagna and Sterling hooking up within 90 seconds of the restart for City's first goal. Fernandinho followed-up not long afterward with his second of the season from a David Silva assist.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 29 - 11:50 AM

The newly signed Nicholas Otamendi remains unavailable as he awaits his work permit after signing with Manchester City.

Eliaquim Mangala owners will be happy that their man has received an administrative stay of execution (or at least benching) as Otamendi's lack of work permit will mean that the France international will continue to start alongside Vincent Kompany at the heart of City's defense. With Watford, City's Week 4 opponent, not having scored in their past two matches there is every chance that City and Mangala will put up a fourth consecutive clean sheet to start the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:38 PM

Gael Clichy's prognosis had been a bit murky thus far but Manuel Pelligrini clarified this week that the left back would be out another six or seven weeks.

While this is bad news for Clichy and fans of depth at the left back position, it is great for Aleksandar Kolarov and everyone who took a risk on picking him up in fantasy leagues. By no means a sure starter, Kolarov has been the most productive defender in most formats thus far with three clean sheets and a goal to his credit as well as a bundle of peripheral stats. Another nearly two months of starts will be a huge bonus for managers who might have been getting nervous at the potential return of last season's regular starter.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:34 PM

Bacary Sagna looks set to continue his run in the City first team after Pablo Zabaleta was ruled out for up-to a month after damaging knee ligaments in training.

The Argentine had been working his way back to full fitness following his late return – Copa America – but this latest setback will hand Sagna an opportunity to establish himself for the first time since joining City back in 2014. On the opposite flank Aleksandar Kolarov also looks to have nailed down a starting berth for the foreseeable following an outstanding start to the season. The Serbian has now started nine consecutive PL matches and with Gael Clichy not match fit the 29 year-old dead ball specialist is worth some serious fantasy consideration with games against Watford, Palace, West Ham and Sunderland coming up.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 27 - 11:54 AM

Manchester City have reportedly agreed on a fee for Kevin de Bruyne.

Kevin de Bruyne was not a huge success at Chelsea but Manchester City are willing to spend £54m on him to give him another chance at shining in the Premier League. de Bruyne is now older and more experienced and has shown flashes of brilliance at Wolfsburg that have led a number of big clubs to pursue him. The winger is set to have a medical at Manchester on Thursday and if all goes well, he should be unveiled as a Manchester City player on Friday. His arrival could mean a move to the bench for Jesus Navas.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 26 - 5:15 PM

Man City continue to gather momentum with another poised and powerful display at Everton. Ominous news for the rest of the Premier League – and those players currently sat on the City bench…

The story of Man City’s summer was about bringing in new blood. The story of the opening three matches has been about the resurrection of reputations. Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany have (so far) been full of the power and poise they lacked last season. But the real surprise has been in the full-back positions. Not many predicted Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov to start ahead of Zabaleta and Cliché this season. But those FL managers that are able are advised to reassess – and quick. The likes of Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony will get game time to spare the legs of Silva and Aguero for bigger battles ahead. But the City back five will take some shifting. Never mind Sterling, City’s full-backs look like money in the bank this season…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Aug 24 - 2:41 PM

Aleksandar Kolarov earned his share of Manchester City's third straight clean sheet and scored what would be the game-winning goal as the Sky Blues keep their season perfect with a 0-2 win over Everton.

City seem to be widening the gap when it comes to class in the league early into this season. Though they were not especially fluid in their attack and by no means dominated the Toffees in general, they were controlled in defense and allowed the scoring chances to come. It wasn't until the hour mark when Kolarov made an overlapping run of Raheem Sterling, picked up the ball and slotted it near post from a seemingly impossible angle. Samir Nasri would play a 1-2 with Yaya Toure and score his first of the season from the bench in the 88th minute to seal the points. City have always been a scare for opposition in containing the attack, but this year's side looks more balanced right now than that of their two recent championship seasons. FPL managers may not be able to afford another week to go by without a City defender. Their schedule only gets easier and Kolarov in particular can go on a scoring binge.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 1:16 PM

Manchester City will go from strength to strength after two big wins to start the season they have signed Nicolas Otamendi from under the noses of rivals Manchester United.

With Vincent Kompany a risk to slide back to his poor form of the past two seasons, Eliaquim Mangala still unproven in the Premier League despite a huge transfer fee, and Martin Demichelis nearing retirement age, Manchester City have moved for another top tier center back. Many have called Otamendi the best defender in La Liga last season. If he can translate that form to the Premier League then City just got that much closer to regaining the title they lost to Chelsea last season with Kevin De Bruyne likely to join that fight soon as well.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 20 - 8:57 AM

Ominous news for the rest of the Premier League as The Mirror report Man City are on the verge of an £88 million double swoop for Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin de Bruyne…

Not content with maximum points, six unanswered goals and the merciless dismantling of Champions Chelsea. Man City are reportedly about to add Valencia center-back Nicolas Otamendi and long-tracked Wolfsburg play-maker Kevin de Bruyne to their squad. The splash will make it six new faces at the Etihad and put another £88m dent in the finances. It sends out a daunting message to the rest of the PL and also poses the question of who get the game time when everybody is fit and firing. Vincent Kompany has started the season in commanding (and goal scoring form) so Eliaquim Managala looks to be in the immediately firing line, although has done little wrong. And de Bruyne’s talents will add to the embarrassment of attacking midfield riches including Sterling, Navas, Nasri and David Silva. Thinking caps on managers…
Source: The Mirror
Aug 19 - 3:33 AM

Manchester City completely dominated Chelsea at The Etihad today, winning 3-0.

The score perfectly describes the match today and it could have been much worse. The Blues couldn't get anything and were threatened as early as 30 seconds into the match when Sergio Aguero found himself 1v1 with the goalkeeper and missed. After a series of fantastic saves by Asmir Begovic, Aguero finally found the back of the net around the half hour mark. Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho scored the next two goals late in the game, but there wasn't much doubt about Manchester City winning this one as they were in control the entire match. Chelsea have a lot to fix by next weekend, while City seem to be on cruise-control at the moment.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 16 - 12:53 PM

Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that Yaya Toure will return to training on Wednesday after the Ivorian midfielder was replaced during the win over West Brom because of a groin complaint.

Toure has started the season with clear intent after the 32 year-old produced a stunning performance at the Hawthorns yesterday. Tony Pulis admitted that he got his tactics all wrong for the season opener by rewarding Rickie Lambert and Sadio Berahino with starts when really the home side should’ve opted for a 4-5-1 to stifle the City midfield. David Silva was superb but it was the marauding Toure who grabbed the headlines by scoring two during a first half blitz. Although there will be tougher match-ups ahead Toure was irrepressible going forward and looked more like the player we became accustomed to seeing during the 2013/14 campaign. Sunday will provide a true test and hopefully Toure will recover from a slight muscular issue in time to face Chelsea at the Etihad.
Aug 11 - 7:07 PM

Yaya Toure scored two first half goals and the contest was never in doubt as Manchester City cruised by West Brom 3-0 at the Hawthorns.

Toure's first was a bit lucky as it navigated it's way through David Silva and Craig Dawson leaving Boaz Myhill without for a save. Toure's second, well worked on a give and go with Wilfried Bony, was a thing of beauty that merits a look on the interwebs when you get a chance. City dominated possession and barely allowed the Baggies a sniff of goal. A Vincent Kompany scored from a David Silva cross in the 59th minute for the final 3-0 tally. Of interest to fantasy managers everywhere, Sergio Aguero played the final 30 minutes as he comes back to full match fitness after the Copa America.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 10 - 5:01 PM

Man City boss Manual Pellegrini has signed a new two-year contract, dispelling rumors that Pep Guardiola is on his way to the Etihad – and providing added security for transfer targets…

Players have very much taken priority over managers at Man City since Skeikh Mansour assumed ownership in 2009. But signing up Manual Pellegrini for another two years is a smart move. Providing much needed stability for current and future players. The turnaround of players at Man City this summer has a duel effect. While it demonstrates ambition and exacting standards, the exit of big players like James Milner, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic (among others) could sew doubts into the minds of players approached by City. If the manager who signed you is sacked, you could find yourself in exile. Kevin de Bruyne for example has already spent a season of his career on Chelsea’s bench. With Euros coming at the end of the season he will not want to risk a slip in profile should things not go to plan at the Etihad. Pellegrini’s new deal will not harm the pursuit of de Bruyne one bit…
Source: The Guardian
Aug 7 - 6:42 AM


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