Nathan Ake completes his £41 million move to Manchester City

Nathan Ake’s switch to Manchester City is complete but will he be the perfect man to provide depth for Pep Guardiola’s defence?

As usual with Manchester City, the purchase was a quick process. The 25-year-old joins the Cityzens from AFC Bournemouth in a £41 million deal to come in and improve the Citizens defence.

The 25-year-old underwent his medical in Manchester on Wednesday, after City agreed a deal with relegated Bournemouth for the Netherlands international last week. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY SKY SPORTS VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Comfortable on the ball, he should fit Manchester City’s playing style like a glove. He’s capable of playing both in the centre and on the left of defence, so his versatility will be a bonus for Pep Guardiola. However, now the question stands to whether he can take the opportunity presented to him in Manchester.

He’s been comfortably Bournemouth’s best defender since moving to the South Coast. Working in Eddie Howe’s forward-thinking system, his technical ability has been vital to their transition play.

This is bared out in his statistics from this season, with the Dutchman completing 88.1% of his passes.

Ake becomes City’s second signing of the delayed summer transfer window after the club landed Spain U21 winger Ferran Torres from Valencia. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY SKY SPORTS.

Another positive for Guardiola is being able to find a target from range. His long passes are reaching their target 81.9% of the time, meaning he’ll be perfect for initiating counter-attacks.

There are, however, flaws in his game. His aerial ability is for a top Premier League centre-back, not good enough.

Winning only 52.5% of his aerial duels, he may struggle in a higher line against long-ball tactics.

Leicester’s Jonny Evans, left, heads the ball away from Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake during the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday, July 12, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY AP PHOTO/MICHAEL/POOL.

Given the difficulties Manchester City have had with these sort of tactics, if he has a vulnerable left-back next to him, there could be a weakness.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.
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