There is no doubt Manchester City would be going shopping once the transfer window resumes in January. Some reports have started hinting on who is coming in and who is leaving the club. One of the players in the news related to City this week is 21-year-old Mexican defender, Edson Álvarez.
Álvarez joined Ajax in the summer on a £13.5 million move from CF América. He spoke to Voetbal International about his future ambitions after an impressive start to life at the Amsterdam club.
When Mathis De Ligt left Ajax, the club needed a replacement and found a good one in Edson Álvarez. At the time, it seemed like an impossible task for the Mexican but he has done well so far, starting ten games and keeping five clean sheets. He also has one goal.
In an interview where a question about his future was raised, the Mexican hinted about a possible future in Manchester City as seen on McfExtra.
“I have already performed well at the highest level, the Champions League, so I know I can do it. I also know that it will be much better in a few months. I have to because I want big show things.
“And after that? First, the focus on Ajax. Becoming a champion and hopefully going very far in the Champions League.“
“I love the attacking football that Manchester City plays, that is similar to that of Ajax. Playing football there once could be the next step, but first I want a lot of great things at Ajax.”
Edson Álvarez is a young player with a lot of potential. With the current void injuries have left in the Manchester City squad, we might be looking at a move from the Mexican in the nearest future.
Let’s take a look at Edson Álvarez’s performance so far and why he might be a good addition to the Manchester City’s squad.
Edson Álvarez’s current form
Defensively, he has played a total of 14 games this season across all competition. In a total of 506 minutes played, he has an average of 1.6 tackles per match, 1.6 interceptions per match, one clearance, and 0.4 blocks per match.
On the offense, he has one goal this season, 0.9 shots per game, 0.4 key passes per game, 0.9 dribbles per game, leaving him at a total rating of 7.01 on WhoScored.
With a player like him who is good both defensively and also on the offense, Manchester City will have a stronger squad especially with two of their main centre-backs injured and unable to play.
It’s safe to say Edson Álvarez will fit in perfectly into any team without struggle and his time in Ajax is enough to prove that.
Edson Álvarez already expressed his feelings on playing in Manchester City and for a young talent that has impressed so much in his debut season in European football, he will do well for a club with a winning mentality.
Also, with the apparent continuous focus on recruitment in defense at the Etihad Stadium, we might be seeing Álvarez in sky blue sooner than we expected.