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Tevez Coup Signals City Hat-Trick Over Big Four



Across eleven stunning months Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester united have all taken hits from Sheikh ManCity's powerfully reorganised sky blue armoury...

Right back at the start of the Eastland's revolution last August, a 'Chelski' who had been able to steamroller across the world signing superstars at will were dealt a hammer blow when City swooped for the brilliant Robinho. The Chelsea replica shirts bearing his name are still doing the rounds, so assured were Chelsea's hierarchy that no-one could stand in their way.

That same day another development occurred that some across Planet Blue regard as another statement of City's intent towards the Premier League establishment.

City bid for Tottenham's want away striker Dimitar Berbatov, a player that the rags had courted for months. The Blues offer was accepted by Spurs, thus forcing the rags to up their own offer into the area previously reserved for their younger mega million signings of previous seasons. Clearly concerned at City's audacity, Taggart drove to Ringway himself that night to collect the player in a bid to ensure the Glazer family were not themselves 'Robinho-ed.'

Fast forward to this summer on the back of massive reorganisation in all aspects of off the pitch life at a SportCity suddenly basking in a previously unheard of stability. Liverpool were next.

Aston Villa skipper and England's big engined midfielder Gareth Barry was surprisingly swooped for in what we've now come to recognise as the City boardroom's stealth bomber mode.

Liverpool's squabbling US owners had given the go ahead for Rafa Benitez to pursue Barry for months but as Harry Redknapp recently acknowledged, like Spurs, Liverpool were 'blown out of the water' by City's transfer market might. A fuming Benitez has since revealed a City move for the excellent Fernando Torres.

Only an extraordinarily quiet Arsenal have yet to be thwarted in similar circumstances by City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chief Executive Officer Garry Cook and their big hitting business team. But as recent revelations of a City bid for Robin Van Persie and heightened debate over alledged negotiations for Emmanual Adebayor have shown, no team in 'The Sky Four' are immune from 'liddle ciddy's' fearless daring.

Now we have the erstwhile rags hitman Carlos Tevez on board. A player absolutely adored by the swamp's day trippers, City midfield maestro Pablo Zabaleta recently talked of the amazing sight of watching his mate play in front of 76,000 people all screaming 'Argentina, Argentina!' and 'sign him up!'

How hollow does The Sun's campaign to keep Tevez a rag look this morning. Whichever way any rag dresses it up this morning, losing Tevez to Manchester City has got to sting.

In the meantime, we wait for City's astounding move for the intriguingly silent Chelsea and England Captain John Terry to reach a conclusion before Chelsea fly to America and City to South Africa.

As previously discussed here, City's bid for Terry arrows right to the heart of 'The Big Four's' increasingly boring Celtic-Rangers twice over Premier League monopoly.

But what we must not lose sight of in amongst the gobsmacking signings of Robinho, Barry and Tevez is that Mark Hughes, who has thus far proved himself a pretty shrewd operator in the transfer market is continuing to assemble an exciting young City squad with a fascinating balance of established international stars and homegrown academy talent.

Hughes is cleverly instilling Premier League experience through the backbone of the squad and in key areas, communication in English is becoming almost absolute.

We new this would be a seismic summer of change at Eastlands and that is exactly what it is proving to be, but few would have expected City to go after the Premier League's overly accepted elite clubs so boldly.

Certainly City fans, and many neutrals can look forward to the start of The Blues domestic focused campaign next month with absolute relish.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 14 2009

Time: 9:45AM

Your Comments

Sorry but with the money you're prepared to pay for wages its no suprise some players e.g Robinho and Tevez have gone there. No chance of champions league or challenging for the league so theres no football reasons to go there. If Terry goes its purely for the money and nothing else. Tevez hopes to win more trophies with Citeh .... he left ManUre for gods sake... Sorry whilst its good for you lot, the basis of the buying is not based on sound football reasons..its just wages
Embers
How many strikers do you guys want? To be frank, Adebayor is not a very good striker. Pretty poor buy there.
johnnywarren
There wiull be a lot of pressure for Hughes to succeed. I don't think the City fans can complain about the quality that Hughes is trying to bring in. Managers are still trying to blame city for the inflated prices, but the plain fact is that the Rags are indebt and cannot compete in this market for fear of overstreching themselves. Still way off being the finished article but every player that has joined City under Hughes has improved the squad.
Buzz Lightyear
Well, embers, none of the other 16 clubs can compete with the big four on the park until FIFA rules are brought in so the only way to do so is through the wallet. Ask yourself how the big four cemented themselves as a big four? With their wallets.
Johnny Baguette
We're certainly looking good to shake up the skyopoly in the very near future. We've done it off the pitch, now it's time to get the results too. Outside of the Big 4, no one else has ever really had much chance of breaking into the elite, so whilst I don't expect anything but envy from the fans of other teams, far from ruining football, we are doing the premier league a huge favour by shaking it up and making things a great deal more competitive. We had a big 4, now we have a big 5, let's hope one or more of the usual suspects (Spurs, Villa or Everton) can join us in making the EPL a wide open competition.
fifthcolumnblue
Johnny..I have no problem with clucbs challenging the so called top four. To be honest the more the merrier. I just see ppl like Tevez and Robinho are going to City because of the wages not because they are up there challenging. When RA took over Chelsea they were already in the to p4 and had qualified for the Champ League so had some football reason to attract the stars. If City were up there then I could understand the likes of Tevez and even Terry going there for football reasons. Give 2-3 years and you may well be putting pressure on the so called to p4...its just at this moment I think the wages are the incentive not the standard of football.
Embers
Some sad bitters coming on" GROW UP!" pathetic.CTID!...
moonbeam1968
Enjoy the ride City, it's fantastic. I'm a Chelsea fan by the way and I don't dislike anything you are doing. Apart from the lame attempts to unsettle JT.
wazzygib
That's true embers but Chelsea cemented their position with money, and lots of it.
Johnny Baguette
Johnny, same as any top club.....without money you cant get the top players...to some ppl its where the money comes from that gets them worked up...ManUre and 'pool fans say they earn;t their money via football..whereas yourselves and us have got rich sugar daddies...tbh it doesn't make a blind bit of difference as its all money. Tbh good luck to you lot, I'd like to see you challenge this year and kick the top four up the backside, just I hope you do it without John Terry.... :O)
Embers
Cheers Embers. This is proving a seismic week!
Johnny Baguette
Think you had a close shave with Berbatov....30M and he is awful...Glad you got Tevez and will be watching the Manchester Derby with interest. Think their fans forget the amount of important goals the lad go for them whilst Berbatov scored against the Stoke's and West Broms. Enjoy the spending but one question for you lot. How do you think the likes of the homegrown lads will react to all the incoming players on big money? The likes of Dunne (not home grown at city I know) and Ireland were superb last year and not sure you would be better off without these lads
5 times
Well, 5, Sheikh Mansour, Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Mark Hughes have all pledged to continue to promote the MCFC Academy and to continue to blood the kids coming through. Based on the evidence so far they've lived up to that backing with increased academy funding, improved facilities and regularly selecting 5-7 academy graduates in the 18 throughout last season. Neither Micah, Nedum, SWP, Johnson nor Ireland of the current crop have bemoaned the signings of Barry, Taylor, Tevez or RSC in recent interviews.
Johnny Baguette
The point that everyone is missing is that the money MU and 'pool earn is going out of the game to US bankers. The City money is new money coming into the game. What is more positive for football? Money coming in or money going out?
jackblue
People say how many forwards do we want without realizing that as many are exiting the club: Sturridge, Jo (loan), and Vassell, with Evans, Caicedo, and Benjani very likely to follow and even Bojinov and Bellamy subject to possible bids. I'm not the biggest fan of Adebayor but think he can be a valuable player - we are building depth, the thing you have to do to compete with the "Big 4". Otherwise you end up like Villa last season, pushing and pushing, then losing steam at the vital moment. And as mentioned our academy boys are still very much a part of the main squad with Vladimir Weiss also about to break in it seems.
StuMCFC
We never upped our bid for Berbatov and we didnt have to! Given the choice, what SENSIBLE human would pick you over us?
ForeverUnited
That's nonsense again, FU. Taggart had a take it or leave it 20 million plus bid on the table for Berbatov for weeks and then City came in. And to answer your question, it looks like Carlos Tevez.
Johnny Baguette
Yuo need to make sure your academy doesn;t end up like ours....all the money RA have inveested in training facilities for the youngsters and one of our best prospects refuses a professional contract as he sees no future in getting in the cheslea first team. Chealse have an excellnet group of youngsters just outside the first team and I beleive we need to start playign them and gettign them involved. Yeap Johnny agree Tevez seems to have chosen blue over red..or at least his advisors and the company owning him did...:O)
Embers
I recall the Chelsea side that played City in the FA Youth Cup Final last season. Almost the whole team were of international origin, many bought in like Sturridge. I believe that signals a change in Stamford Bridge policy. That said, I can appreciate they have little or no chance of graduating to the first team, but in fairness, I don't recall any of Chelsea's recent managers announcing they wanted to bring through youth players. Interesting times!
Johnny Baguette
Great article JB- offers a good overview of both our spending power and our home grown talent strategy. The top 4 are all shaken up by the arrival of City and their claims that we cannot offer CL football? we shall see this time next season!!!!
eighthsin
Johnny, both Scholari and Hiddink said they would use youth and both failed in that respect. Hiddink played Stoch and Mancienne a bit but not enough in my opinion. We have a number of english based youth and reserve players..but the reserve players esp go out on loan a lot and thus dont play in many reserver games. Youth wise tbh I cant remember who we have :O)
Embers
Fair point JB. Would be a huge mistake to overlook the academy as you have produced some good players through there in recent years. Seems the new owners and Hughes will do the right thing.
5 times
 

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