Replacing German striker Pauline Bremer this summer is likely to be Manchester City interim manager Alan Mahon’s biggest challenge of his audition for landing the role at The Academy Stadium on a permanent basis.
The 42-year-old Dubliner took over from former City boss Nick Cushing in February, initially on an interim basis with the club yet to decide on whether to externally recruit a new permanent manager.
Mahon is likely to be given plenty of time to stake a claim to land the job on a permanent basis once the Barclays FA Women’s Super League resumes later this year. One of the factors which could help him become the permanent manager of Manchester City is his ability to find a suitable replacement for top scorer Bremer. The German is leaving The Academy Stadium this summer to return home where she will join VfL Wolfsburg, a move which will leave a gaping hole in Manchester City’s attack.
This season has been Bremer’s first as a Manchester City player where she has been fully fit throughout. The player has therefore had an opportunity to demonstrate her class and has taken it with both hands, contributing 22 goals in all competitions. Her overall tally is nine better than the club’s next best goalscorer Ellen White.
With Bremer’s return to Germany confirmed, the huge challenge is now for Mahon to find a replacement. Internally, England international striker White is world class but is prone to injury while asking Lauren Hemp or Georgia Stanway to produce 20-goal seasons would be unfair given their youthfulness and lack of experience. You would think that the answer to Mahon’s leading goalscorer conundrum is to bring in a finished article or someone who is much further on in their development than the young forwards already at the club.
When the current campaign is eventually completed, Manchester City will be looking to mount another assault on four competitions in 2020/2021. With Bremer and her goals being lost during the close season and Belgian forward Tessa Wullaert also expected to depart this summer, City will need more forward players if they are to seriously compete for those four major trophies. Should Mahon make at least one positive addition in attack who quickly goes on to become a hit, the transfer could be one contributing factor towards him landing the manager’s job on a full-time basis.