The arrival of Erling Braut Haaland will change a lot of things Manchester City for the next season. Pep Guardiola will have to make various tactical adjustments in order to fit the Norwegian into the system, which will cause several players to lose ground within the offensive rotation.
Pep Guardiola will stop using the figure of the false 9 to start having an offensive reference, which will mean that the footballers who appeared in that role will have to distribute the interior and extreme positions, which will change the organization and affect many pieces within the current template. Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden will have to share the roles as inside or wide, which will affect the following players:
The 3 affected by Haaland’s arrival at Manchester City
-Raheem Sterling: The Englishman will not have room in the rotation because he will not start either as a winger or as a false 9. His departure seems imminent because he himself wants to continue to be a starter for the English team in the next World Cup. His performance hasn’t been the best in recent months either.
-Gabriel Jesus: The Brazilian has no room in the rotation. He hardly saw minutes with continuity in the second part of the season, but with the arrival of Haaland it seems difficult that he can be a starter in the team again. His departure is imminent, taking into account that he himself wants to have continuity in an important team.
-Jack Grealish: The Englishman hasn’t started in his first season and may end up staying in his role as Phil Foden will move into the starting left winger more consistently and fill his role as the youngster’s replacement. He will have to improve to earn a starting job, but there is no doubt that he will lose ground.