What can Manchester City expect from Ilkay Gundogan?

After weeks of speculation Gundogan has finally been announced

What can Manchester City expect from Ilkay Gundogan?
Gundogan celebrates against Borussia Monchengladbach | Photo: SkySports.com

Early this morning it was confirmed by both Manchester City and Ilkay Gundogan himself, that the Germany International had agreed to join the Blues, becoming Pep Guardiola's first signing as City manager.

What are City getting?

Gundogan describes himself as a box-to-box midfielder, someone who likes to both get stuck in and put in a defensive shift but as well as play some beautiful creative football. Tkiki Begiristain himself described him as an "intelligent and versatile midfielder who can operate in a number of different roles".  Gundogan was also pivotal to Jurgen Klopp's Bundesliga title win in 2012 as well as their DFB Pokal win the same year and scored Borussia Dortmund's equaliser in the 2013 Champions League final against Bayern Munich which they went on to lose 2-1.

There have been many calls that he's too injury prone to make a real impact at City but those claims are somewhat untrue. Two unrelated injuries saw him miss the entirety of the 13/14 season due to a spinal injury and the latter stages of the season just gone thanks to dislocated kneecap.

Aside from this he suffers from the usual knocks and injuries that any other footballer does so fears over his injury record shouldn't be a massive issue. He's making good progress too with the end of August/start of September the targeted return date.

"I will give City everything"

Gundogan pictured in City attire for the first time | Photo: thetelegraph
Gundogan pictured in City attire for the first time | Photo: thetelegraph

The desire from Gundogan to succeed and to produce some of his best football is evident too. In an interview with CityTV he said "I can promise City fans I will give everything to help us win titles both in England and Champions League".  The incoming Guardiola was also a key factor in convincing him to join saying "He's one of the greatest of all time" and that "Every player - Everyone who loves football wants to play under him".

So with City's first signing of the window wrapped up, City fans will be eagerly anticipating the next one in what looks set to be a revolutionary summer for the club.