Manchester City's New Star, Jeremy Doku Set to Shine Bright as Riyad Mahrez's Replacement

Jeremy Doku
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In a swift and strategic move, Manchester City has unveiled their solution to fill the void left by the departure of Riyad Mahrez, who embarked on a journey to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli during the summer transfer window of 2023.

Under the astute guidance of Pep Guardiola, the club is reported to have struck a deal with Rennes to secure the services of Belgium's rising star, Jeremy Doku, hailing from the French league.

At the tender age of 21, Doku's presence is anticipated on the field as Manchester City sets out to conquer Sheffield United in the third week of the 2023/2024 Premier League season, scheduled for Sunday, August 27, 2023.

According to insights from the Daily Mail, Doku's name had long been on Manchester City's radar. The team, renowned for its treble victories, had been keeping a watchful eye on him since the midseason of the prior year.

However, City's pursuit of Doku's signature intensified notably post the Mahrez transfer. The Citizens hustled to secure his signature during the summer transfer window, ultimately agreeing to a transfer fee of £55 million with Rennes.

Doku's arrival is anticipated to inject fresh energy into Manchester City, although the player himself had faced setbacks due to hamstring injuries while playing for his former club in Ligue 1.

Guardiola's Ammunition Boost

Acknowledging the team's needs for additional firepower after successfully navigating the initial two weeks of the Premier League, Manchester City's tactician, Pep Guardiola, emphasized the urgency for bolstering his squad.

Jeremy Doku's acquisition goes beyond his speed and prowess; it's also a testament to the influence of Manchester City's star, Kevin De Bruyne.

Reports from the Daily Mail suggest that the influential figure, who has been a pillar for Pep Guardiola, even through injury spells, played a pivotal role in recommending Doku. The connection between the two players extends from their shared journey with the Belgian national team.

Transfermarkt's records indicate that Doku has already accumulated 14 caps for Belgium in various international competitions. Out of these appearances, he has contributed with 2 goals and 3 assists for the national team.

Academy Duo Faces New Challenge

Unfortunately, the promising arrival of Jeremy Doku could potentially cast a shadow on the future of two homegrown talents from Manchester City's academy: Cole Palmer and James McAtee.

The emergence of this new prospect threatens their prospects at Etihad, as it adds another layer of competition to the first-team squad.

As the Daily Mail reports, Palmer and McAtee have garnered interest from multiple clubs both in and outside of England. Yet, they remain undecided about which team to don their jerseys for in the 2023/2024 season.

Pep Guardiola has hinted that loan deals might not be the path for Palmer. The player, who clinched an equalizing goal against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup final, is left with two choices: to stay and fight for his place or to make a permanent move away from The Citizens.

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