Three Players Who Could Thrive Under Guardiola

By Paul Stewart, Wed 06 July 2016 17:28

Three Players Who Could Thrive Under GuardiolaDelph, Sterling and even Zuculini could benefit from arrival of new manager

A Pep Guardiola side is always thought of in terms of its biggest stars, the likes of Messi or Lewandowski. But under Pep its often the unlikely characters who find themselves playing a far bigger role than anyone would have expected. With that in mind, we looked at three City outliers who could become stars under their new manager.

Fabian Delph

Under Guardiola Pedro became an invaluable part of the Barcelona system, perhaps giving many an unrealistic impression of his abilities. While known for his fluid passing playstyle, the Spaniard has always adopted a tough tackling defensive midfielder, a Sergio Busquets, to shield his defence.

Delph may not be everyone's idea of a world beating holding mid, but he has repeatedly shown throughout his career that he's able to break up play and recycle possession.

Not to mention being a shining light in a generally woeful Villa side.

Raheem Sterling

It's safe to say that Raheem has taken a battering lately, poor performances for club and country have thrown the youngster into a world of media scrutiny, and his confidence on the pitch is understandably low.

Guardiola's experience and ability, particularly with young players has seen numerous promising players flourish under his tutelage. It's also worth noting that during his tenure at Bayern, he was reportedly keen on signing Raheem on the back of his performances for Liverpool.

The old cliché of form being temporary and class being permanent remains true, and the arrival of Guardiola at City could be something of a jackpot for the England winger, who will have the chance to thrive under the best.

Bruno Zuculini

As we've already stated, young players consistently flourish under Pep, and Zuculini could be one of them. Despite a series of unsuccessful loan spells, and a difficult injury, the Argentinian was very highly rated in his homeland, and seen as one of the country's biggest talents.

With Guardiola likely to move on several existing midfielders, Zuculini might find a glimmer of hope in his City career.