Brendan Rodgers asked, and now he has received.
Within the hour of the final whistle of last season, one that signalled a successful but ultimately underwhelming finish for Leicester City, Rodgers was calling for a creative reinforcement.
Having surpassed the goal tally from the previous year, the City boss already knew he would want to top that total again in the new season, but to do that, he needed something different.
Cengiz Under is that something different. Or, rather, something that City used to have but have been lacking over the past couple of years.
In Harvey Barnes, City have an effective, speedy, knock-it-and-go winger who only needs to improve his finishing to become a world-beater.
On the other side, City’s wing options have their upsides and downsides. Ayoze Perez has a goalscoring instinct but can get lost in a wide role. Marc Albrighton works hard and can swing in a decent cross, but is not going to find the net regularly. Demarai Gray has shown flashes of brilliance as a substitute, but his inconsistency means he cannot be relied upon.
So what City needed was a player who could operate in the tight spaces, who can carry the ball forward, beat his man, and find team-mates inside the box, even when the opposition’s defenders are hunkered down.
Essentially, City needed a new Riyad Mahrez. However, replacing the most talented footballer in the club’s history is not easy. Rachid Ghezzal, bless him, was doomed from the start. Arriving just a few weeks after Mahrez left, the expectations were always going to be high, but as a skinny, dainty, left-footed Algerian, the comparisons were even fiercer, and Ghezzal could not reach the required level.
Two years on since Mahrez moved to Manchester City, the pressure on Under may not be quite so high. And he is not a replica either. He may prefer playing on the right and cutting in on his left foot, but he’s shorter, bulkier, and appears to be faster.
The stats are there too. Under ranked top for dribble success rate among Serie A wingers last season, and was in the top 10 in Italy for chances created per 90 minutes.
But that’s no guarantee of success. Playmakers and strikers can excel elsewhere and struggle to adapt to the Premier League.
For example, Eden Hazard and Nicolas Pepe were both signed by Premier League clubs after running rings around teams while playing for Lille in France. One became the best player in the division, the other is now struggling to get into Arsenal’s side.
But it is only an option to buy, not an obligation. So if Under flops, City can start their winger search again next summer.
As detailed as the scouting will have been, and as confident they will be in his success, City will know there is no guarantee that Under finds his feet in the Premier League, so a try-before-you-buy deal ensures there is no huge outlay in a summer where finances are tight.
Then, if Under is the new Mahrez, they can snap him up for just over £20m in nine months’ time.