When it’s time to move on

It’s a deal that has left the football world in shock, Joao Cancello moving to German champions Bayern Munich on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to buy.

Surely Pep has gone mad? In the summer Raheem Sterling and Oleksander Zinchenko were sold, now this?! In an interview Pep Guardiola said ‘he didn’t want to win the Premier League’ this season.

It looks like Pep was serious when he said that he didn’t want to win the Premier League. Mind games, that statement was no doubt, but to move on Joao Cancello, wow.

This is the same Cancello who have been in the team of the season, this boy can play. Joao Cancello’s ability to come in as a midfielder too, like Pep prefers, made him invaluable to Guardiola, the 28-year-old was the first or if not one of the first names on the team sheet.

The signing of Erling Haaland however, has forced Pep Guardiola into a tactical tweak. Teenager Rico Lewis and the rejuvenated Nathan Ake, are the players that Pep has decided to trust in that position. It’s a massive call.

Cancelo can play on either side, but with Kyle Walker at right-back, the 28-year-old former Juventus man, found himself often on the left side of the defence.

This move comes with risk for both player and Manchester City. The Cityzens have injury concerns of John Stones, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte as this deal gets finalised.

As surprising as Cancello a star player being sold is, this isn’t the first time a star player from a big club has been sold. Under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, this happened on several occasions.

David Beckham was sold, as was Roy Keane and so was Ruud Van Nistelrooy. As controversial as those three deals were, Sir Alex was right on all three times.

There was one time, he was wrong for selling a star player and that was in the case of Jaap Stam, which is something the man himself admitted to getting wrong.

Fergie sold those players, to help build a new United team, which he did on so many occasions. Sir Alex Ferguson was manager for so long at Man United, he got better at building winning teams as time went on.

Sir Alex is human and there were even times, like with the example of Stam, where he sold the wrong player at the wrong time. In the case of Pep Guardiola, someone who was earmarked by Ferguson to be his successor, the Spaniard doesn’t tend to stay in a role for more than four seasons.

With Manchester City however, this has been different. The 52-year-old is into his seventh season and bar the early stages of his Man City managerial career, this is an unprecedented stage of his career even for Pep.

In my own humble opinion, the cycle of a team last some five years, a little more, very rarely less. With Pep staying in jobs for three, maybe four seasons, he’s not had this challenge of replacing players like Che’s trying to do at Man City.

Tottenham Hotspur was another team under Mauricio Pochettino that applies to this example of needing to change the team cycle. Under the Argentine, Spurs got to semi-finals of cup competition’s and a Champions League final too.

Those achievement’s were done with one team, but when it came to building a new team, one Poch wasn’t allowed to and second he wasn’t able to. Hindsight is beautiful, maybe Mauricio could have moved some players on quicker

It’s not an easy task as Liverpool can testify too. The Reds too are trying to build a team, a new cycle. In parts, Jurgen Klopp has done ok, but even for an experienced manager like him he’s found it difficult.

Midfield has been a problem, one which they have found difficult to solve. There has been talk that talented youngster Jude Bellingham is a targeted summer signing.

In the case of the Birmingham native Bellingham, he’s wanted by every team in Europe, so Liverpool will have their work cut out. If rumours are to be believed then Borussia Dortmund midfielder is being lined up by Real Madrid.

Talking of Real, they have done excellently in changing their team into a younger one. For large periods under former manager Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos were an aging team, but expertly they’re now one of the younger teams in European football.

With all the teams I mention, it just further highlights the brilliant job Sir Alex Ferguson did with Manchester United and Arsene Wenger with Arsenal. Them two managers, they were cut from a different cloth.

Building teams over and over isn’t for everyone, Is it Arsene, is it Sir Alex?

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