Manuel Akanji, a defender for Manchester City, has won plaudits from Glenn Murray for his integration into the team.
In the middle of his second season with the Manchester team, the centre back will not be eligible for tomorrow’s match against Manchester United due to his one-game suspension and sending off from City’s previous Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion.
One analyst and former Premier League player has been praising the centre back and everything he’s accomplished at the Etihad Stadium despite this regrettable stain.
Murray discussed Akanji in a recent episode of Premier League Productions’ Team Talks (via Optus Sport).
“Don’t get me wrong, but Akanji will be missed greatly,” he remarked. His transition into a Manchester City shirt has been smooth, unlike many others who find it difficult to settle in.
However, I believe Man City will be too powerful at Old Trafford this Saturday even without him.
In a £15 million deal, City acquired the Switzerland international from Borussia Dortmund back in September of last year.
Since then, the 28-year-old has made 61 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions. On Wednesday, the club defeated Young Boys 3-1 in the Champions League, and he scored his second goal for the team.
In his 29 Premier League games from the previous season, Akanji recorded the joint-second-highest amount of blocks (27), the third-highest number of tackles and interceptions (52) among the City players.
This demonstrates the extent of his defensive prowess and the reasons the club made a wise business decision in signing him.
Considering everything, it’s difficult to disagree with Murray when he says that Akanji has had an apparent easy time adjusting to life at City and becoming a vital member of Pep Guardiola’s squad.