Taking a closer look at a key part of the Celtic loanee's game.
Celtic loanee Jason Denayer did his blossoming reputation no harm on Saturday, scoring the Bhoys’ final goal in a 3-0 victory against Dundee United.
The 19-year-old centre-back has excelled in Scotland and has recently been called up for Belgium as a result. But while Celtic fans may be hoping the challenge for a first-team place at City could see him extend his loan spell, there is a big reason to suggest Manuel Pellegrini will use him next season.
Denayer’s latest goal was his sixth since joining Celtic, and that kind of form will quickly earn him a reputation as that rare type of defender – a goal-scoring one.
When you consider his age, the Celtic loanee’s form is even more impressive and City will no doubt be paying very close attention.
While Denayer will face a very tough challenge to get in ahead of Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala, that trio of current City defenders have scored just one between them all season.
That came when 34-year-old Demichelis netted against Arsenal in a 2-2 draw, but if Pellegrini is looking for a goal-scoring option from the back then Denayer could be his man.
It will not be what Celtic fans want to hear, but if they owned a player as talented as the young Belgian, how long would they keep him out of the senior side?