What will the Swedish goal machine be up to next season?
John Guidetti has had something of an interesting footballing career already; even at the tender age of 20-years-old. In that time he has taken in football in Sweden, Kenya, Holland and of course in the UK with Manchester City and a brief loan spell at Burnley.
But it was undoubtedly his time in Holland that finally put his name on the map and thank heavens it wasn’t his full one. John Alberto Fernando Andres Luigi Olof Guidetti is something of a mouthful.
He scored 20 times in just 23 appearances during his loan spell with Dutch outfit Feyenoord and helped reinvigorate a sleeping giant in the 2011-12 season. This was looking like the birth of a new star and after he made his Sweden debut he looked destined to make a name for himself at Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine.
He was of course unceremoniously stripped of this privilege by a bizarre virus which attacked his central nervous system leaving him essentially paralysed down one side of his body. At the lowest point the worry was not whether he would play again that season it was whether he would play again at all.
Thankfully after a long rehabilitation period Guidetti is back and amongst the goals for the under-21’s and next season is crucial to his future success.
So what are his options?
Play another season with the under-21’s
One option is to stay doing what he is right now. After recovering from something as serious as he has baby steps might just be the best option for another six months or so.
Go out on loan
The most logical option is to spend some more time away from the club and develop his game like he did at Feyenoord. Interest would come from all over with Premier League clubs, Italian outfits and Feyenoord would certainly have him back in Rotterdam.
Let’s face it not many youngsters make it at Manchester City. This is a team that can waste money on established players and then just leave them wasting away on the bench. He could cut his losses and run and would once again not be sort of suitors.
Get chummy with Scott Sinclair
He could spend his season keeping the bench warm with the former Swansea City winger assuming he stays with the club. With Dzeko and Tevez potentially on their way out this might just be a possibility.
Make the breakthrough
Can he break into the first team?
We are not suggesting he will be the out-and-out starter but a 15 start season would be an excellent achievement and the foundations of a potentially successful Etihad career.
What do you think John Guidetti will do next season?
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