Expert salutes Man City transfer chiefs after 'superb' reveal - 'This has gone under the radar'
The recruitment department at Man City deserves huge credit for the club’s exemplary injury record
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
City won the Premier League title for the fourth time in five seasons in 2021-22, and they also topped the table in terms of their injury rates.
Data collected by Dinnery and shared via Twitter last Thursday (16 June) shows that City picked up just 1.7 non-contact injuries per 1000 minutes of football.
The medical guru explained that City’s success is largely due to the profile of player they have recruited in recent years
“First and foremost, you look at recruitment,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
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“This often goes under the radar but you need to sign the right players. Discussions will be based on the fact that City are going to be competing on four fronts season after season.
“They are going to need players who can perform two or three games a week. City are well catered for with strength in depth across all positions. The ability to rotate and manage that squad, that comes into play.
“Luck is another big factor. There’s no denying that. Sometimes things just work well. But we see that City do superbly season on season.
“It’s about streamlining the various departments and implementing Pep’s philosophy.
“You need to understand what he wants and the needs of the players. That way, you can create an environment that mitigates the risk of injury and allows players to flourish.
“Every game for City is a cup final because they have a target on their backs.”
City’s headline arrival this summer has been superstar striker Erling Haaland, 21, who signed from Borussia Dortmund in a £51million deal.
Argentine forward Julian Alvarez, 22, also signed from River Plate but has been loaned back to the Buenos Aires side for the remainer of the 2022 season.