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Media Watch: City advised to move on midfield ace

Transfer speculation and a look ahead to Manchester City’s trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur are on the Saturday morning news agenda.

One pundit has offered his thoughts on who our next signing should be, while there’s also some analysis on Kyle Walker’s form this season, before he returns to his old club.

We’ll begin with the suggestion that Chelsea’s N'golo Kante would be a perfect fit at the Etihad Stadium, which comes from former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson.

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Writing in his Daily Star column, the Sky Sports pundit said: “Kante is exactly the type City need. He gets around the pitch, so well he’s like two players in one, and he’s a winner.

“Imagine him playing with Fernandinho in that City midfield. How would you get through that? You’d need a sledgehammer.

“Kante has proved it. He’s been Footballer of the Year. He spurs people on and influences the big moments in games.

“I think City should go for him. Sometimes you need two battlers in there and he could play with Fernandinho, no doubt about it.”

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Looking forward to our visit to Spurs, Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail has penned a piece in praise of ex-Lilywhite, Walker.

Writes Wheeler: “It’s fair to say that Walker has been an unqualified success on the right.

“He gives City the attacking thrust they need going forward and the defensive solidity they need at the back. He has also played well on the right side of a back-three for both club and country.”

We arrive at Wembley having beaten Spurs 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium in December, which ESPN correspondent Dan Kilpatrick believes was one of Maurico Pochettino’s biggest lessons.

He explains: “City's victory has proven in a strange way to be one of Tottenham's most important results of the season.

“Spurs were humbled at Eastlands and the 4-1 scoreline, softened by Christian Eriksen's stoppage-time goal, jump-started them rather than City.

“Afterwards, the Spurs manager was adamant that his players, individually and as a collective, would not be so thoroughly outclassed again, and he made them watch reruns of the game in the following week, identifying specific areas for improvement.”

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