Ferran Torres had an exciting first season at Manchester City and the club could develop even more with him
There is currently more uncertainty than usual around Manchester City.
After 10 months of being together and producing one of their biggest victories, the players and coaching staff have dispersed to either leave or part with their national teams.
The loss in the Champions League final was a rough end to another illustrious season, and more importantly, there seems to be no momentum towards next season. With so many in the current squad occupied with transfer goals at the European Championship for next month, plans to sign a replacement for Sergio Aguero and finalize the squad for the next challenges are in full swing. is far.
Bernardo Silva, Ilke Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling have all been linked with a move away from the club, with one of the only members of the attack that can be definitively called on at the Etihad next season, Ferran Torres. is. Bought from Valencia last summer for an initial £21m, the 21-year-old was seen as an exciting long-term prospect.
It’s fair to say that Torres impressed Pep Guardiola in his first season. There might have been some mutual disappointments along the way as they both adjusted to each other, yet the youngster’s knack for aiming took him to a surprising height at the start, when the season ended with some worthy playing time. There were injuries elsewhere before. Well done to him next year.
Torres is a signing in the same bracket as Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva were: the young prospect was bought for a considerable but not heavy fee which was seen as a bargain that would need time to settle. Sane won the PFA Young Player of the Year in his second season, while Bernardo was the (unofficial) best player in the league so Torres was under no pressure but that is the category he is seen in.
And in a summer where there are no guarantees on many in the team, City more than ever need the young Spaniard to make good on the expectations around him so that next season isn’t another issue to deal with. .
The euro will be particularly interesting for Torres from the point of view of the city. Part of the integration process for new signings at Etihad is realizing they can shine in a team full of world-class players, and there are few bigger stages than this summer’s tournament to make or break the stars.
Torres has made a stellar start to his international career, finding form when he struggled at City with a scintillating hat-trick against Germany. With Luis Enrique’s youth experience in his squad for this tournament, the former Valencia man has the world on his feet if he can show his nose for the goal that Enrique and Guardiola know he has.
A strong Spain should build a strong city at the start of next season, especially in the case of Torres.