- Man City have enjoyed a fine start to season in Premier League and Champions League
- Injuries to Mendy and Stones are an issue though
- Guardiola could look to address situation in January with Evans bid
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Man City boss Pep Guardiola doesn’t have too many major concerns so far this season, but injuries in defence could reportedly force him to act in January.
With his side top of the Premier League table after 14 games, with 13 wins and one draw, along with qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League already secured, it all looks to be going to plan so far this season.
However, injuries to Benjamin Mendy and John Stones have left them light in defence, and so that could be a problematic area between now and the end of the season.
According to The Telegraph, Guardiola wants to bolster his defensive options and could re-visit his interest in West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, who had been a target this past summer only to see a move away from the Hawthorns fail to materialise due to his £30m+ price-tag.
It remains to be seen whether or not their reported demands have been lowered since, or if the valuation will continue to hinder an agreement being reached.
Nevertheless, the report also adds that Arsenal are interested in the former Man Utd defender too, and so Guardiola will likely face competition for his signature.
City have conceded just nine goals in 14 league games so far this season, giving them the second-best defensive record in the top flight. It may not seem like an absolute necessity to bring in new faces in January, but if there is a department in the squad that needs to be addressed with injuries in mind, then it would be the backline with Vincent Kompany’s injury history also to consider.