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What City Need To Get To The Next Level.

What City Need To Get To The Next Level.

Well the season is over and the summer transfer is upon us. With City expected to move on a number of players, Mancini has the opportunity to strengthen the squad for next seasons title tilt and champions league push.

But where do City need strengthening? If Tevez stays and Balotelli and Ezekiel benefit from a good pre-season I would suggest we need one more quality striker as the likes of Bellamy, Santa Cruz and Adebeyor will surely move on. Higuan from Madrid is reported to be available at a knock down price of £15M. There is Javier Pastore who is an exciting and young player who would seem to fit the Mancini way of buying young exciting talent.

In midfield, Silva has been key to City's success of last season, but he cannot play every game next year and with upwards of sixty games a possibility, we need to strengthen in this position. Wesley Schneider is one player who would fit the bill or maybe Luca Modric from Spurs if old Harry can be tempted with Bellamy or Given part of the deal.

Johnson's second half of the season was poor by anyone's standards and good preseason or not, unless his attitude changes, he won`t play every game. We have been linked with Sanchez although word recently has suggested that City won`t be held to ransom for this player. Stuart Downing from Villa is a possibility to supplement our wide men.

The hardest position of all to fill will be the left back slot. Kolarov didn't look good enough in my opinion and there aren't many great left backs out there. Zabalata can play there but with no left foot he is only a temporary measure.

It has been reported that Cahill from Bolton has been a target for City. I don't quite understand this one as we have four good centre halves at the club in Kompany, Lescott, Boyata and Toure (who will be back playing in September).

So in short I think we will see a Striker, an Attacking Midfielder, a Winger and a Left-Back coming into the squad. We will also see the departure of at least six or seven players and hopefully Jo.

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Date:Thursday June 2 2011
Time: 4:50PM


"We will also see the departure of at least six or seven players and hopefully Jo." Amen to that!
02/06/2011 17:00:00
ribery arjen robben sneider messi xavi iniesta c.ronaldo aguero neymar douglas costa lol you may as well get them all in and see what happens
02/06/2011 18:41:00
We need some pace in wide areas of attack, this I believe is the most pressing issue. If Tevez stays I dont believe we need another striker, we still have to properly integrate Dzeko into the side and Mario can play up there so I don't see the need, perhaps a young striker that is hungry to make a name for himself, if there is any good enough available, preferably Guidetti would stay and fill this role but that looks unlikely. I think we need to give Kolarov more time before paying out for someone to replace him, he struggled in his debut season but we have seen this many times before only for the player to come good eventually( Zabaleta for example ), perhaps some competition from a young player again here would get the best out of him. I think a different option in the centre of midfield is needed, someone with a better range of passing than what we currently have, someone in the mould of Xabi Alonso.
02/06/2011 21:56:00
Good left-back (Baines), good winger/wide forward (Sanchez or Mata), and good creative midfielder (Pastore or Sneijder) and we'd be set mostly. Probably need a few smaller signings to fill in the gulf likely to be left by offloading 10 or so players this summer.
03/06/2011 02:21:00
I'm against signing any more rubbish from Villa. Milner has done nothing for City and Barry blows hot and cold. He is robust but often spends matches passing to everyone who is not in a blue shirt. Downing is over-rated and not better than Johnson. Mata is the kid who excites me.
03/06/2011 10:02:00
Agreed about Downing, very overrated( in his own mind too it would seem ). As for Milner, he did set up Crouch for his goal that secured our CL spot but I agree on the whole he has been uninspiring, I would suggest he plays a more central role next season, this is his best position imo. If we do sign Baines or another recognised LB what do we do about Kolarov? A lot of money spent by Mancini to just give up on him after one season don't you think?
03/06/2011 10:46:00
For me the most pressing need is a creative midfielder to give Silva a rest from time to time or we are going to burn him out. As has been suggested someone like Sneijder would fit the bill and if needed we should pay whatever it takes .......
03/06/2011 21:58:00
Modric?!? God I hate the arrogance you've succumbed to with money. We are not your feeder club. I can't stand your club and the way you've bought everything. You belong in league 2 - fitting for your lack of class
04/06/2011 00:10:00
And just shows, every spurs article on vital has 100's of fans commenting yet citeh has 3 - says it all... Bandwagon and money. Where's the "hardcore" crew from the 90's? Hmmmmmmmmm
04/06/2011 00:16:00
It's amazing how many whinging spuds find their way to VMC .....
04/06/2011 03:36:00
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