With Ndidi being unavailable due to his more than likely selection for the Nigerian National team during the African Cup of Nations, starting after the New Year. It will be essential that Akgun has had plenty of games under his belt and time integrating fully into the Maresca system. Games at home like these are a brilliant chance to do so. With the quality he has, when given an extended run in the side we may see something ‘click’ so to speak and see an increase in output. Time will only tell.
Although that at his scintillating best recently. Mavididi’s phenomenal ability and goal threat in the wide areas is essential to making City their most potent and most dangerous. He offers something similar to Fatawu but at a much higher level in terms of decision making and offensive actions leading to a goal. His relationship in the left half-space with Dewsbury-Hall has been one of the most difficult things for the opposition to defend. Their link-up play – at times – has been a level above what teams are used to dealing with.
Due to the lack of depth in that left-wing position Mavididi’s return to form will be extremely welcomed by LCFC fans. After those back to back humbling defeats City will look to put their foot back on the accelerator and look to gain a stranglehold on the top spot once again. With the 25-year-old being a big part of this next assent.