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Does Mancini Want To Spend For Spending Sake?

Does Mancini Want To Spend For Spending Sake?

Last season, Manchester City defied the odds to win their first title in 44 years. Does the squad really need strengthening or is Mancini about to embark on an unnecessary spending spree?

The list of player's that have been linked with the club over the summer includes the likes of Danielle De Rossi, Scott Sinclair and Daniel Agger.Luckily for the Blues, none of these transfer rumours have been met with any conviction from the board.

There could be many reasons for this;Perhaps they are not actually interested in any of the names being thrown around or maybe they are playing the waiting game, in the hope that they can get rid of the unwanted millionaires that are burning a hole through the clubs financial pocket, before they buy anymore.

Either way, The Champions have stayed quite on the transfer front and I certainly think it's a sign of Sheikh Mansour's long term vision for the club. The financial fair play rules are set to come into play in the next couple of years and unless your a French club or owned by a Russian billionaire, clubs are going to feel the 'wrath' of UEFA if they don't comply with them,apparently.

Is the answer to our potential defensive problems at the end of a 22million pound check? Lescott and Kompany had a brilliant season in the heart of our defence. Providing they stay clear of the injury room, they are surely Mancini's first choice partnership. Micah Richards and kolo Toure can both play at centre half if necessary and whilst Stefan Savic and Dedryck Boyata are both young and inexperienced they are more than capable of warming the bench for much less than 22 million.

Another factor to consider is the Blues Preseason formation; Mancini has opted for 3 at the back and if he is to continue with the formation he has worked hard all summer implementing, then is another expensive centre half needed?

Scott Sinclair has been seen by many as the shock of the season, but when you look at City's wide opinions, we are rather limited. Sinclair would be a great asset to the Champions, should he join the Blue revolution. Not only does he possess everything you'd look for in a winger, he also contributes to the homegrown allocation needed to compete in europe. I suppose the only worry for the board is; Would he become an unused luxury?

The answer to the potential midfield crisis is simple; give De Jong what he wants or alternatively give the likes of Abdul Razak and Denis Suarez a chance.

Whatever happens in the transfer market this season (or doesn't happen in the Champions case), I Can't wait for the season to begin. CTWD.

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Date:Wednesday August 8 2012
Time: 12:56PM


He doesn't want to spend for spending sake no, no top club stands still. Barcelona won just about everything available and in the summer following it bought Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez for big money. Mancini saw how we limped out of the Champions League last season when players like Barry and Lescott, impressive performers in the league, looked slightly out of their depth and that is why players like De Rossi and Agger are probably in his mind. We're far from the finished article, winning the league with seconds to spare and bowing out of four other cup competitions proved this. I say, give Mancini whatever he wants/needs, he has proven himself worthy of this trust with improvement year after year.
08/08/2012 13:07:00
A cleverly provocative article....I will not fall into the trap apart from saying that Mancini knows exactly what he is doing and we ignore him at our peril.
08/08/2012 13:12:00
I'd like to see an out and out wingers playing into the big men option for when the ground attack isn't getting through. So a winger to balance against Johnno, please. The question beyond this for me is whether or not we would be better off holding back until January. Barring a mental spending splurge the club is going to come out of 2012 in far better financial shape than it did 2011 to the horror of Platini and the ant-City brigade.
Johnny Baguette
08/08/2012 13:18:00
I personally wouldn't mind seeing a couple of new arrivals but wouldn't be overly concerned were it not to happen. I don't believe Mancini would spend just for spending sake.
08/08/2012 13:20:00
With FFP to consider the likes of De Rossi and Agger could prove very expensive flops. De Rossi doesn't have any Premier league experience and has little sell on value if he flop's just like Veron and Ballack. Agger is a great defender when he is fit but is it worth shelling out 22 million on an injury prone centre half? City's core was destroyed when Yaya Toure left and Kompany was suspended, but are multimillion pound bench warmers the answer? Mancini's faith in Savic saw us knock out of the Carling Cup and almost cost us a priceless 3 points against spurs. Mancini was very lucky to win the league last season. He worked wonders off the field, playing the media and taking pressure of the lads, but his signings are hit and miss. The board have back Mancini in the passed with players that he wanted and has he played them or used them as back up? Dzeko? Nasri? kolarov? Surely he can't expect the board to provide him with two teams of world class players. It's in the best interests of the club to get rid of unwanted millionaires before they buy more backup for Mancini. This isn't football manager surely Mancini couldn't expect the chairman to keep spending a small fortune every time he wanted to improve the team. City have spent big this summer but not on big name signings they have invested heavily in the youth development, so like Barcelona, we can produce our own rather than surrender to the prices other teams want for average ageing players.
08/08/2012 13:38:00
Interesting article, very provocative..
08/08/2012 13:49:00
Lads you don't think there is any truth in the rumours about James Milner to Sunderland do you? Seems just made up speculation to me, I'd of thought City see him as a a valuable asset on the bench considering his versatility.
08/08/2012 13:56:00
That would be a major surprise PAV. The lad had some outstanding games for us last season.
Johnny Baguette
08/08/2012 13:57:00
Not sure what the obsession is with us buying new players. We all knew the big spending would stop when we had a team capable of delivering on the EPL. This team will continue to grow and develop, will improve. Yes some tweaking would help to improve the team, but we should only be buying world class players, or youngsters who will become world class. Personally I can't wait for the window to close so trhe spend, spend, spend merchants will have nothing to write about!
08/08/2012 14:05:00
I'm pretty confident that Agger would not flop as he has Premier League experience and has the classiness that suits our style. De Rossi is combative and super talented, a near perfect midfielder like Yaya and the sort of player who is tailor made for the Premier League. Mancini has wanted him for three transfer windows now and must be confident he'd suit City and this league. I completely agree Chris that we have to bring through our own players and if it was a striker we badly needed then Guidetti could step in, but neither Razak or Rekik is ready yet. Rekik is enormously talented but 17 and has very little experience, Razak is also really talented but has to iron out the many mistakes he make that good teams would take advantage of, so a loan or playing in the new U21 league while being on standby for the first team would be better for him. With Lescott, Yaya, and Barry hardly spring chickens (nor De Rossi if we sign him) there will be chances for these in future.
08/08/2012 14:07:00
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