Ryan Shawcross to Manchester City would solve two key problems

Stoke City’s captain is reportedly being considered by the Premier League champions to strengthen the defence and also up the club’s homegrown player quota.

Despite Manchester City prevailing in the 2014/15 title race, and the much-improved form of Martin Demechelis, the Eastlands outfit are on the lookout for another option at the heart of the Citizens’s defence.

It has emerged that Stoke City’s Player of the Season, Ryan Shawcross, may be such an option and that the 6ft 3in stopper could be attained for £12million.

Mark Hughes will be desperate to keep hold of his defensive figurehead, but at £12million it is believed that The Potters may be forced into doing business.

Even at a price closer to £15million the 26-year-old could prove to be a canny piece of transfer business for Manuel Pellegrini.

Not only does Shawcross have considerable experience in the Premier League, he will strengthen the quota of homegrown players at the club, too.

Uefa’s rules indicate that all English clubs participating in European competition can have a maximum of 17 foreign players in their squad and up to eight who have spent at least three seasons with an English club between the ages of 15 and 21.

This presents something of a problem considering City's largely foreign-based talent pool.

Micah Richards has expressed a desire to remain at the club, but looks likely to depart if the right offer comes in. Jack Rodwell on the other hand, is keen to move away and restart a sparkling career that has lost its shine somewhat.

That is two more homegrown players flying the nest.

Signing Shawcross may not sound like an exotic and exciting piece of business but it may just make sense.

According to Opta, while Demichelis appears better at reading the game – with superior interception stats – Shawcross's duels won statistic clearly acknowledges his appetite for the combative nature of the English top-tier.

  Interception WonAppsMins
Martín Demichelis 69 27 2,430
Ryan Shawcross 37 37 3,292
Matija Nastasic 14 13 1,027

Shawcross also considerably outperformed Matija Nastastic in both areas this season, although it must be noted that the young City star was side-lined through injury for much of the campaign.

  Duel WonAppsMins
Ryan Shawcross 210 37 3,292
Martín Demichelis 123 27 2,430
Matija Nastasic 52 13 1,027

Newcastle United are also believed to be tracking the Shawcross situation as they begin another rebuild under Alan Pardew, so if City are genuinely interested they may have to move fast to get their man.


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