Take note Pellegrini: A goalkeeper with a record even Neuer can't set


Here are five things Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini should know about Vincent Enyeama.

Coaching the most expensive side in Premier League and being just 4th might not meet Manuel Pellegrini‘s expectations.

Although Manchester City won this week in their Champions League match up against Bayern Munich, City’s win was widely considered as consequences of Munich lack of motivation.

Pellegrini’s side still has to prove that they are able to go head to head with Europe’s big teams. Their record thus far shows everything else but consistency. 4-1 win vs. Manchester United, 1-3 loss to Bayern Munich, 2-1 loss to Chelsea FC, 6-0 vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

It is no secret that the Chilean manager thinks one of the missing pieces is a better goalkeeper. Rumour had it that Manchester City were preparing a record bid for Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Pep Guardiola comment on a possible departure of the German international “No chance”. Guardiola knows how special Neuer is and how important a reliable keeper he is.

If Neuer is not transferring to North England, why not make a move for a keeper who has a better record? Introducing Vincent Enyeama...

Here are 5 things Manuel Pellegrini should know about the shot-stopper...

1) The Nigerian goalkeeper really stepped on the scene after a transfer from Israeli Premier League club Hapoel Tel Aviv, where he recorded 113 appearances. Before that Enyeama played for clubs like Bnei Yehuda, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Enyimba, Ibom Stars.

2) With 5 feet and 11 1⁄2 inches he might seem a little too small. But he overcomes this with tremendous reflexes and agility. With 31 years he might be a little bit too old. However he still has something left in his tank considering that Arsenal legends like Jens Lehman and David Seaman played until their late 30s at a high level.

3) Enyeama’s record is a huge upside: He only allows per average one goal every 306 minutes. For comparison: Joe Hart’s is averaging: 67.5 minutes.

4) A move for Enyeama could be risky as he has never proved himself on a big stage against world-class teams. But he has international experience being an Nigerian international for 11 years.

5) Here is the issue: Enyeama recently extended his contract with Ligue 1 club OSC Lille. But when Manchester City is reportedly able to make a £40m bid for the German international they might have same money left for Enyimba, whose estimated market value is just at £2.6m.

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