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Priorities For Strengthening City

Priorities For Strengthening City

Just under three months to go until the January transfer window swings open. Ten games into the new campaign, we asked Vital Blues to identify the City squad's needs...

There is still a long, long way to go of course, and a lot can happen between now and New Year's Eve, but we can be sure that Svennis and his management team are already assessing what areas of the Manchester City squad need to be strengthened.

SGE will be looking to further assert his authority upon the squad in January, and we can expect the same measured approach that he applies to each game, interview or press conference with much more time for planning than we experienced amid the summer transfer whirlwind. That's reassurance in itself for all Blues, as if any were needed at this stage of an increasingly fascinating season!

One area that we have been fortunate with so far is that of injuries. Outside of Valeri Bojinov and Daniel Sturridge's unfortunate situations, only the regularly incapacitated Andreas Isaksson has been the main cause for concern. Injuries can have a major impact on transfer window activity and we will do well to reach the end of the year in such good shape as the intensity of the games increase. Limited injury problems are certainly helping the team gel much quicker than any of us anticipated.

And so to the stats:

8% of Vital Blues polled saw a new goalkeeper as a priority area. The jury remains out on this debate, as Isaksson's fitness and form are now crucial if he is to make a real go of it at City and maintain his status in the Swedish national side.

13% saw the need to bolster the right wing. With Martin Petrov going like a turbo charged jet engine down the left wing, it would be tremendous to see the balance of a similar threat down the right as well as being terrifying for opposition defences.

44% say we need to bring in a new striker. It could well be that Bojinov is back with us by Christmas after his serious injury but can we rely upon that? Will Samaras gain the confidence and robust qualities required at this level? Can Emile Mpenza maintain the fitness levels he has worked hard to attain and will Rolando Bianchi earn a sustained run in the team?

22% see a midfield enforcer as an important acquisition. Michael Johnson and Didi Hamman have put in some excellent performances so far but engine room strength in depth is required in the Premier League.

Finally, 13% were prepared to go for broke and ask Frank Shinawatra to fund a cover all areas recruitment drive. If we are in the position by January to make a realistic push for success then that would defy all expectations. If that were the case, then go for it. To date, we have spent relatively little compared to many of our opponents down the years, no matter what the Sports hacks tiredly repeat about 'Sven's Foreign Legion' and Frank's spending. Good grief, even Joey 'Rivelino' Barton has been getting in on the begrudging act.

Who would you like to see, or expect to see City make a move for in the January window?

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday October 4 2007
Time: 4:10AM


I see we still have EIGHT strikers on the books is this a record for a Premiership team ???
04/10/2007 10:58:00
Could well be, alph! Official site pigeon hole Miller as an attacking midfielder too! I always had him down for an out and out forward with the reserves. If Crappadi and Bobbit decided they want to stay with us and be ****e for their place, Sven would have almost a team of strikers to choose from!!
Johnny Baguette
04/10/2007 12:30:00
Alsoi it's amazing how many of our ex and loan players are banging in goals left right and centre, Miller, BWP, Beasley etc.
04/10/2007 19:15:00
There's a midfielder at Werder Bremen called Diego who reminds me of Deco. Excellent skills, close control and a good engine. From the paper talk, Sven is after a playmaker and he could be the right price. Also, there's a SWP lookalike at Southampton called Dyer. Very young but could be brought up through the Carling Cup. He plays on the right. Some fellow called Corradi has scored in the last few games for Parma.
Barney Daniels
04/10/2007 22:31:00
BD trouble with english players is, if a club knows several clubs are watching, the price goes up daily. Didn't Spurs pay millions for the young fullback Bale, ok he can take a free kick, but he is no better than Corluka or Garrido and we paid a lot less for them. Also papertalk about Svennis and players they are just guessing.Do you know how old is this Diego and where he comes from? Did he not buy Gelson Fernades, where is he at the moment?
Buzz Lightyear
05/10/2007 09:17:00
According to the Mirror, Ricards wants a get out clause, but because we have to pay Oldham 20% of any transfer fee, we dont want to let him go for less than 25 million, but they also state that he is liable to leave next summer anyway, for a club that is offering Champions league football.
Buzz Lightyear
05/10/2007 09:26:00
Do you ever believe anything that is printed in the Mirror ???
05/10/2007 09:44:00
well by the looks of things sven did his homework on signing players cos the two defenders corluka and garrido have fitted right in which is brillant for richards and dunne.
dunne deal
05/10/2007 11:14:00
He got lucky.He signed ninty2hundred players in a week.Doubt he'd even heard of them all.What I think happened was he went to Bulgaria on hols and came home with a few locals and put them in the first team.Your season will fissle out and dunne deal will go back to betting against his dad that city will finish in the top half!!
05/10/2007 12:06:00
look bremer just because ur a leeds fan and everything is going wrong for yous and yous cant afford to go on a so called holiday to bulgaria dnt be taken ur anger out on us ok. jealosy will get u no where
dunne deal
05/10/2007 12:27:00
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