Writer: Lorna Silva
Date:Sunday October 13 2013
This may well only be October and maybe a bit early to contemplate it, but I can't help thinking about the January transfer window. Something we as City fans increasingly do in the modern era in thinking ahead as to who we are going to buy or sell in order to strengthen the squad.
For a start City have all the attacking players they need, and Sergio Aguero is already in the pot for being one of the best strikers in the Premier League. In behind Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure fires at will of late and Fernandinho and Jesus Navas are inputting their own offensive styles and flair into the mix when called upon. We also have David Silva and the reborn Samir Nasri, talented playmakers both, but the one area I can see that we need a little bit more assistance is in the centre-back department. Plenty of players names have been batted about but the one who stands out the most (and whom I might add was mentioned in the summer transfer window) is 27 year old Frenchman Adil Rami of Valencia. Now, he would be a good addition to any team, already rated as being one of the best stars in a centre back position in European football. Manuel Pellegrini is said to be at the head of the running in an attempt to lure him over to England where of course he would feel quite at home with our Spanish and Argentinean contingent, let alone fellow French national Nasri.
One draw back in attempting to sign Rami is it just might knock young Matija Nastasic out as a starter alongside Vincent Kompany. With Martin Delichelis and Joleon Lescott also on board, it will be interesting to see how The Engineer proceeds in this department. Keeping with centre-backs; we have been linked with 20 year old Cape Verde defender Pecks of Gil Vicente, as have Newcastle and Tottenham, the reported price on his head is £8 million, worth it if he is any good. By all accounts he is a tough tackling player and has now broken through to the Portuguese first team. The usual concerns are often raised as to how a young player might not be quite ready to deal with the pressures of The Etihad. Yet look at Nastasic who turned out to be just fine and thrives under pressure!!
Another defender thrown into the hat this autumn is Atletico Madrid's 27 year old Uraguayan Diego Godin. According to the 'Daily Express' we may face a battle with Borussia Dortmund for his services. Looking back to the last transfer window we opted for Demichelis instead of Godin and seeing as Demichelis has been out with injury from day one before he even kicked a ball makes some of us wonder should we have gone for Godin instead. Sadly, we don't have the luxury of time to wait for Demichelis to heal and get bedded in so I hope when he is fit and ready he just launches himself into battle and does a bloody good job. He will need to hit the ground running.
Looking at other options, we could stock up in our midfield. Some would say it could get a little overcrowded if we go all out but maybe that is just what we need. Look at the way Bayern Munich mashed us, they did not field a traditional forward so to speak but sure as hell had 6 midfielders doing everything! So stocking up can't do any harm.
Last but not least another player coming into the 'January mix' is Saint Etienne youngster, again another centre half, Kurt Zouma. Zouma is only 17 years old but according to reports Pellegrini wants him. Of course at that tender age he'd be a little untested but at a price of less than £7m he could prove a bargain buy. French coach Didier Deschamps is quoted as saying he sees Zouma as one day becoming a potential captain of France.
Finally, going back to goalkeepers and the question marks over Joe Hart's competition for his place. Navas has been quoted as saying he would like to see Iker Casillas join The Blues. Casillas is reported to be looking at leaving Real Madrid, more likely at the end of the season with a number of European clubs all alert to the situation. On the whole, I think Joe's position is pretty safe and Casillas will make his mark elsewhere.
Pellegrini heaped praise on our boys for their performance against Everton, who have always been our bogey team. What a fantastic result this was and what a performance, very much needed after our losses to Aston Villa and Bayern.
Everton do have a knack of keeping hold of the ball once they get it this season and it has proven to be dammed hard to regain possession, but we repeatedly did it and that is what it's all about. Pellegrini was delighted and was understanding of the fact that Everton are no pushover side.
Lukaku was always my worry and I have never quite got my head around why Chelsea keep letting him go out on loan.
Even though Lukaku did net the breakthrough goal and we fell behind, Negredo saw to it that we were ready to march on immediately and get stuck in. The fact that Silva had made a return showed so much that he got the 'TV' man of the match whereas Negredo achieved man of the match inside The Etihad. I think Silva should have received both accolades as Aguero's goal was Silva made. All of which serves to remind us that Silva is as an important a player as we could wish to have.
UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR FILOFAX:
all times East Manchester BST
Sa 19 Oct 17h30 West Ham, Upton Park PL
We 23 Oct 17h00 CSKA Moscow, Arena Khimki CLGS3
Su 27 Oct 16h00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge PL
We 30 Oct TBC Newcastle, St James' Park LC4
Sa 02 Nov 15h00 GMT Norwich City, The Etihad PL
Tu 05 Nov 19h45 GMT CSKA Moscow, The Etihad CLGS4
Su 10 Nov 1405 GMT Sunderland, Stadium of Light PL
Su 24 Nov 13h30 GMT Spurs, The Etihad PL
We 27 Nov 19h45 GMT Viktoria Plzen, The Etihad CLGS5
Su 01 Dec 16h10 GMT Swansea City, The Etihad PL
We 04 Dec 20h00 GMT West Brom, The Hawthorns PL
Sa 07 Dec 15h00 GMT Southampton, St Mary's Stadium PL
Tu 10 Dec 19h45 GMT Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena CLGS
Sa 14 Dec 15h00 GMT Arsenal, The Etihad PL
Sa 21 Dec 15h00 GMT Fulham, Craven Cottage PL
Th 26 Dec 15h00 GMT Liverpool, The Etihad PL
Sa 28 Dec 15h00 GMT Crystal Palace, The Etihad PL
We 01 Jan2014 15h00 GMT Swansea City, Liberty Stadium PL
Date:Sunday October 13 2013
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Fine Tuning The City Juggernaut (Friday December 6 2013)
The Ped Report West Brom 2-3 City (Thursday December 5 2013)
Stats: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City (Wednesday December 4 2013)
VIDEO: Pellegrini Hails Kompany Return (Wednesday December 4 2013)
El Kun And The Hunt For Red December (Tuesday December 3 2013)
The Baggies versus The Citizens (Tuesday December 3 2013)
The Ped Report City 3-0 Swansea City (Monday December 2 2013)
Stats: Manchester City v Swansea City (Sunday December 1 2013)
The Citizens versus The Swans (Saturday November 30 2013)
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