Manchester City have been productively busy this transfer window, bringing in four first team players to the Etihad stadium.
In the quest to retain their English dominance, Mancity stole the 21/22 Premier League title from the jaws of trophy hungry red rivals, Liverpool, with a dramatic 3-2 comeback on the final match day. Nevertheless, the Premier league champions put their best foot forward early enough in securing the signatures of two top notch strikers (Julian Alvarez and Erling Halaand) even before the end of the campaign.
The Cityzens did not just stop there as they went on to further strengthen their current squad with the addition of Stefan Ortega and Kalvin Philips in what is known to be a very interesting transfer window.
With all new signings expected to be a part of the fast approaching pre-season matches, a quick decision on their jersey numbers has to be made.
Stefan Ortega recently completed an Etihad move from Bundesliga’s Arminia Bielefeld in a free transfer deal, after an impressive performance in the just completed 2021/2022 season. The German shot stopper had the highest number of saves in the Bundesliga last campaign, making a dazzling 125 saves in 33 appearances. In a contest involving lethal strikers such as Lewandowski and Halaand, it is quite commendable how Ortega was able to make saves in triple figures, with none of the aforementioned strikers finding the back of the goalkeeper’s Arminian net last season.
With Mancity goalkeepers, Ederson Moraes and Zack Steffen, both displaying acts of charity that saw them get knocked out of two semi-finals (Champions league and FA Cup) last season, it is no surprise that the Sky Blues decided to move for Stefan Ortega.
The German international has also chosen to retain his lucky charm shirt number 18 in a bid to maintain and even improve upon his astounding performance.