Fringe Players Hope For Chance As Manchester City Welcome Swansea City

Fringe Players Hope For Chance As Manchester City Welcome Swansea City
14:16, 20 Apr 2018

With the title wrapped up in bizarre fashion, Manchester City’s players and fans can look forward to a worry-free afternoon against relegation-threatened Swansea on Sunday. 

The issue for Pep Guardiola now is how much he wants to break the records that can still fall.

City are still on course to break the previous points and goals scored tally in their remaining five Premier League games.

Some of the fringe players in the squad, particularly those who have not amassed the five appearances necessary for a medal will be hoping to get some game time in the remaining weeks of the season.

But given Guardiola’s meticulous attention to detail and desire to win they may find their time limited in pursuit of further greatness.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has only one appearance in the league this season (replacing Ederson following his clash with Mane against Liverpool) but did help City to Carabao Cup glory so may yet get the four appearances he needs to add to his personal medal haul.

Benjamin Mendy needs a final appearance also and is sure to get his chance following his return from injury.

Young attacking threat Brahim Diaz needs two further appearances to get his first Premier League winners medal while local lad Phil Foden also needs two more run-outs for his.

The fans will also demand Yaya Toure is given a fitting send-off, much like Pablo Zabaleta was last season. The Ivorian is out of contract this summer and is seen by many fans as the most influential player City signed during the Sheikh Mansour era.

Sergio Aguero’s season looks to have ended with his race to be fit for the World Cup now his priority. It means Gabriel Jesus will get the chance to finish the season strongly and there may also be minutes for as yet unused (in the league) young striker Lukas Nmecha.

City fans will want the side to hammer home their domestic dominance in the last few games of the season but will also want as many squad members as possible to be given the chance at a medal.

That starts on Sunday where a party atmosphere is guaranteed ahead of the trophy presentation against Huddersfield on May 6.