Pep Guardiola may now be having second thoughts on Nayef Aguerd after Manchester City recorded a 3-1 win over West Ham.
The Morocco international is believed to be a target for Manchester City in 2024 – according to The Sun.
What’s the story?
Well, the Spaniard is a perfectionist, and demands full concentration from his players throughout every second of games.
Despite a decent overall performance, Aguerd was at fault for the decisive moment on Saturday, mistiming his header to cause confusion in the box, which allowed Bernardo Silva to sneak in and prod the ball beyond Alphonse Areola.
Even David Moyes himself was critical of the 27-year-old’s defending just before the Portugal international put Manchester City ahead.
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The BBC quoted the 60-year-old as saying: “It was bad timing for their first goal right after half-time, but I was more disappointed with their second goal – it was really poor.”
That ultimately cost West Ham a point – at least – and while Guardiola is unlikely to be crossing the £30m defender off his shortlist due to one incident, he may be having second thoughts based on his desire for perfection.
Manchester City do not need Nayef Aguerd
In our view, Manchester City can do far better than the West Ham No.27 in 2024.
In truth, Guardiola could even get away with not signing a new centre-back next year.
The Citizens already have Josko Gvardiol, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, John Stones and Manuel Akanji to play in the centre of defence, while Kyle Walker can also operate there if need be.
If an injury crisis were to occur, Rodri can even be dropped deeper to play in the centre of defence.
Therefore, we believe a move for Aguerd would be a waste of Manchester City’s money.