Manchester City defender Ruben Dias signed for the northwest Club from Benfica in the summer and has transitioned to the Premier League seamlessly to become one of the season’s best players.
A Manchester City side which was in need of defensive reinforcement after losing the previous league title race to Liverpool, has identified the perfect man in Dias to take them to the next level.
City have always been offensively brilliant but issues at the back have seen them drop points and fail to progress through the Champions League. With Dias, they have been utterly transformed. In yesterday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, Dias was highlighted yet again as a key factor in the victory.
Rúben Dias’ game by numbers vs. Arsenal:
94% pass accuracy
5/6 long passes
4 ball recoveries
1 clean sheet
Outstanding once again. 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/GzlF0fKrZM
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 21, 2021
This has led to many on social media calling for the Portuguese international to be made Player of the Year this season.
Let me make it clear, Ruben Dias deserves the POTY and there’s no two ways about it.
— ً (@dontshootvinny) February 21, 2021
PFA POTY main contenders imo
Salah, Kane, Cancelo, Rodri, DCL, Son, Martinez – as an outside chance
— Tom • MCFC (@tsgmcfc) February 21, 2021
Give that PFA POTY to Ruben Dias right now pic.twitter.com/OWoLpCUL2W
— H🅰️rry (@ThatManCityDNA) February 21, 2021
Jamie Redknapp on Ruben Dias: “He’s a phenomenal player, he’s a leader of men.” pic.twitter.com/F4PMhtzXvN
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) February 21, 2021
Guardiola praises Dias impact
Guardiola has himself not hidden his admiration for the central defender going on record a number of times to praise the former Benfica man.
“Absolutely, so far,” said Guardiola when asked if Dias had been one of the best signings he has made.
“He settled in immediately. He is a guy who lives 24 hours for his profession. Everything he does on and off the pitch – eating, sleeping, recovering – is to be perfect for the 95 minutes of the game.”
“It depends on him to maintain it. Hopefully we can help him to grow.”
The impact he has made has been comparable to that of when Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton which propelled them towards their first Premier League title.
Whilst City certainly have not experienced a title drought quite like Liverpool, it did seem for a moment that’s a Reds dominance would soon form over the league until the arrival of the defender in Manchester.
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