Bournemouth accepted Manchester City £41m offer for Nathan Ake yesterday but Jamie Carragher’s concern is his usefulness in a team that already had and established left-footed center like Aymeric Laporte.
The Liverpool Legend doesn’t believe Ake is the perfect acquisition to pair Aymeric Laporte in the heat Manchester City defence.
Pep Guardiola may have other plans for Nathan Ake which include playing him either at left-back (which is highly not possible given that they already have Mendy and Zinchenko)or on the left side of a back three where Carragher thinks is the more suitable option.
“I like Nathan Ake and I think he will suit Man City,” wrote Carragher on social media as the news of the deal broke.
“But with Laporte a guaranteed starter I’m not convinced two left-footed centre-backs works?
“I know right-footed players play together but it never feels right the other way round to me! Left back or a back three?”
When suggestions came that City might have signed Ake as a back-up to Lapote, Carragher replied:
“Is Laporte injury prone or he just had a bad injury? There is a difference.
“If Laporte is fit he plays! I just think it’s interesting to see how Pep gets Ake into the team when Laporte is fit!”
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk who plays alongside Nathan Ake in National side has this to say:
“I speak with him quite a bit at the national team and I think he’s a fantastic player as well,”
“He showed (that) with clearances and I think he stepped up when he had the armband as well. It’s just good to see that he’s improving.
“I don’t know what might happen with him in the future with Bournemouth, you just have to stay grounded – but I am not worried about that at all.
“He has the quality but he has to have more than just the quality these days.