Right, let me make one thing clear – I’m not writing Man City off. It’s obvious that they harbor genuine title aspirations and are going about their aims in a decent enough way.
I just don’t think they’ve drastically improved their team so far this season.
I hear you scoff – “the boy thinks Mancini has wasted £75million, mug!” – but what have City got for their money?
David Silva, at £24million, is a slight improvement on Craig Bellamy. On paper, yes, he’s a better player than the Welshman, but the former West Ham frontman played brilliantly last season and Silva would do well to match those performances, let alone better them.
Yaya Toure, for me, is akin to Nigel De Jong and Gareth Barry. I don’t see him as a stand-out, must-have acquisition for a side that were already well stocked in the engine room.
What exactly justifies his £220,000 weekly wage? Everyone harks on about his time at Barca but, if he was so invaluable, why did Sergio Busquets find it so easy to displace the Ivorian?
And Aleksandar Kolarov is expected to confirm his switch to Eastlands in the coming days, but is the £17million Lazio left back actually any better than Wayne Bridge?
It seems to me that Roberto Mancini is spending money for the sake of it.
Jerome Boateng is a signing that I approve of – you’ll be surprised to hear – as their right-back and centre-back positions have been their weakest.
A move for Wolfsburg hit-man Edin Dzeko has been mooted, but would he oust Carlos Tevez or Emmanuel Adebayor? What was the point of signing Roque Santa Cruz if you had no intention of playing him?
I don’t begrudge City putting their weight about, if any club deserves this chance it’s them and their long suffering fans.
But, in the interests of the team, I don’t know if these big money buys are going to do any good. Players like Bellamy, Stephen Ireland, Micah Richards and Bridge will all be forced out of the line-up and, possibly, out of the club.
I can only see that as being detrimental.
Despite that, I see City challenging for the title, but it’s not as clear cut as is being made out.
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