Forget anything you have read about John Guidetti getting a move to Aston Villa because if Sky Sports is to be believed, he’s on his way to La Liga.
Malaga and Sevilla seem intent on snapping up the 20-year-old who is way down the pecking order at City behind the quartet of Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli.
He is back from a recent injury which means there will be more than just these two La Liga giants scrambling for the services of a forward who bagged 18 goals in 15 games for Feyenoord last year.
Guidetti is likely to leave on a loan deal this January which is set to be reviewed at the end of the season.
There is clearly something about him because you don’t score a Ronaldo and Messi-esque number of goals without having some sort of special talent stored away.
The links with a move to Villa have not completely gone away but it seems that playing in La Liga is something City may be more open to in terms of the player’s development.
It may also be something that Guidetti is keener on because it will give him the chance to experience another culture of football.
Guidetti could still remain at City for the rest of the season but this may depend on the future of Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli who have both been linked with transfers to Serie A.
If Guidetti does go to La Liga, then it will improve his game in a number of ways which will benefit City dramatically on his return.
His touch and technique should both improve because football in Spain is all about passing the ball to feet, control and then passing the ball on again quickly.
His fitness should also improve substantially because attacking players in Spain always appear to be on the move, which could be physically draining for any player who is under fit.
If he joins a club of the stature of Malaga or Sevilla then it means his confidence will also increase and if he’s successful, it will give him the belief that he can force his way into the Manchester City team.
If he goes out on loan, scores a bag full of goals and is still the fifth choice striker in the summer, he may have to leave permanently and it could be one of the worst mistakes City ever make.
Is a move to La Liga the best thing for Guidetti or should he stay in England?
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