Jamie Redknapp has backed Nathan Ake to impress at Manchester City this season. After City completed a deal for the Bournemouth defender, some questioned the logic of a Premier League title challenger spending big money on a player who had just been relegated.
However, Redknapp claims Ake is exactly the sort of player who will fit in at City. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:
“If you look at City, there’s not that many players out there that you can sign right now. Nathan Ake looks to me a sensible signing. He’s a player that can play in many positions.
“As a young man he played in the defensive midfield position, if you want some protection. Obviously Fernandinho isn’t getting any younger and he’s one of the best that’s ever been. He can also play left-back and he can play centre-back.
“But they’re looking for a partnership in central defence because last year they had so many different times where they’d play Nicolas Otamendi or John Stones, Aymeric Laporte or Fernandinho, they never really got it right in that area.
“But with someone like Nathan Ake – and I know City fans might go, ‘well he got relegated this year’ – he’s a quality player. He knows the game, he’s got a brilliant left foot, incredible spring considering he’s not the tallest player in the world.
“You can see him playing in a side like City’s where your job is just to defend properly, get that ball to Kevin De Bruyne as quickly as possible and then things happen from there.”