Manchester City ended their latest Premier League campaign with the joint-best defensive record in the division.
In their 38 league games, the Citizens conceded 26 goals in total, the same number as Liverpool in second place.
As well as helping Pep Guardiola’s side secure this impressive feat, a number of City’s defenders also made themselves useful attacking figures as well.
Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte racked up a combined total of seven goals and nine assists between them in the league last season.
Now that the summer transfer window has opened for business, it seems as though the Manchester club have been linked with another defender who has proven to be a useful attacking threat as well.
Earlier this month, the Premier League champions were linked with a move to sign Hoffenheim left-back David Raum.
Throughout his debut season there, the 24-year-old, who has been described as a player that has a “great engine” by Jan Aage Fjortoft found the net three times and delivered 13 assists in 32 Bundesliga appearances.
To further highlight how impressive he was in an attacking sense, no other player at his current club made as many crosses (182), successful dribbles (31) or shot-creating actions (128) as the £18m-rated full-back did.
His overall performances earned him a solid season rating of 7.11/10, making him the highest-rated player at Hoffenheim according to WhoScored.
Do City need to sign a left-back this summer?
According to FBref, one recognisable name that has been included on a list of similar players to Raum is Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Given how he has scored 12 goals and provided 62 assists in 225 senior appearances for the Merseyside club, the opportunity to land their own version of the England international in the shape of Raum could be an exciting prospect for City and Guardiola going forward.
However, given how important he has been for his new club, it would be safe to assume that they would be reluctant to let him leave this summer.
This is where City’s track record of splashing out significant sums of money, particularly on defenders, in the past, could come in handy on this occasion.