The left-back position has proven to be somewhat problematic for Manchester City in the last season and half, with the only specialist in the position, Benjamin Mendy, proving to be injury prone since his big money move from Monaco in the summer of 2017.
Pep Guardiola is known for thinking outside the back and has found solutions, converting midfielders Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko were success in the 2017-18 campaign, but the two of them, Delph in particular, has been less impressive in the role this season.
Guardiola has also moved Danilo, a right-back by trade, over to the left on occasion, and played left-footed centre-back Aymeric Laporte there in the 2-1 win over Liverpool, with the gifted defender doing an excellent job up against Mo Salah.
Mendy is on his way back from another lengthy absence, with Pep Guardiola confirming on Friday that the 24-year-old is “closer” to a return after taking part in multiple training sessions – but he won’t be ready for Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield.
Guardiola also admitted that he is thinking about signing another left-back in the summer, and a second natural in the role would surely boost the quality and balance of City’s impressive squad.
One player reported to be high on Guardiola’s list of potential left-back signings is Leicester’s England international Ben Chilwell, who recently turned 22 and has impressed this season for The Foxes.
Another potential option is Juventus’ Alex Sandro, who the Old Lady are thought to be willing to sell if they get an offer they can’t refuse.
Book-makers, who are offering sign up bonuses for those who like a flutter on transfers, have yet to open a market on Chilwell but you can expect him to be favourite to join City amid rumours he is Guardiola’s chosen one to reinforce the left back position.
On the other flank, City have seemed well-set with Kyle Walker and Danilo, but Walker’s drop in form this season could also make Pep consider the position, with another young English talent, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, reportedly of interest to the Blues and several other leading English clubs.
The holding midfield role will be Manchester City’s top priority in the summer market, but there is now evidence to suggest that a new left-back could also be on the agenda as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen an already formidable squad.