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Do We Need New Signings?

Isn't it great to see City in such a lofty position in the league at least half way through the season.

Sven I have to admit has done a wonderful job with blending and getting more out of the existing players with bringing in quality new players in the summer.

I hold my hands up as a big England fan who travels home and away to watch them, I really did not want Sven to take the job; but how pleased am I to be eating humble pie, keep making me eat it I say.

Clearly Sven has seen with the rest of us that there is some dead weight in the squad that needs culling. But on the flip side their is so much young talent that is close to being first team regulars that it is impossible to play them all. And there in is the crux to this article. We all know that Sven has the cache and reputation to bring in quality players; but maybe Sven may struggle to attract the qualities of say Steven Gerrard et al to a squad that at the moment is riding high, but until the end of the season you do not know whether City will be in that coveted fourth place, UEFA placings or just outside.

The bookies are rarely wrong and odds are pretty even with around three or four teams challenging the 4/5th spot.

So does Sven take the big gamble and try to acquire a couple of top players; but if so where would these top players fit in to what we can see is a great team ethos in the way that the whole team celebrates together. Bringing in what you might describe as superstars might not be the way to go.

As mentioned earlier bringing in more players will also make it harder for the younger players to get first team games.

You only have to look at Arsene Wenger and what he has done at Arsenal. They have not won the title since the 2003/4 season and since then he has got rid of his big stars and brought in young talent and nurtured his existing youngsters to a point where you can see arsenal be a top force for the next three or four seasons.

I think City and Sven should follow this philosophy and build for the long term and not try to hurdle as well as sprint.

Bringing in Castillo was a great move and maybe one other; my choice would be a decent experienced goalkeeper to back up Hart as I would let Isaksson leave.

Here at Vital football we would welcome you comments.

Writer:Gavin Cooper
Date:Thursday January 3 2008
Time: 1:27PM


I think Sven will continue to use his worldwide contacts to bring in YOUNG unknown talent at reasonable prices but also maybe one put it in his words..."Big, Big signing" in all i think he will bring in at least three or four whilst at the same time getting rid of five or six, the likes of, Corradi, Samaras, D. Mills, Dabo, Dickov, M.Mills.
03/01/2008 14:15:00
Agree Alphie, dead wood to go. Not so keen to tout more foriegn talent in large numbers. May need to look at the holding role. Although it may be within Corluka's grasp to do the job - jury out. He's certainly under pressure from Nedum at RB. Its a real plus that the academy lads are putting the imports under pressure. Only really Elano and Petrov actually look like starting. Obviously we need to see the Mexican and Bojinov. But there's going to be a 'ballet on ice' moment any day, I'm sure.
Craig Cain
03/01/2008 20:58:00
Do you Know where the problem?! There is no stability in the team,If you look to the more attackers played,You will found he is not playing more than 50% of the game & sporadically,That make the players lose coherence and understanding with each other, I think that what we need now is stability, We have now players Able to reach the goal of access to Europe & When we Achieve the target then it will be more easy to us to contract with the "Big Names" .
city 81
03/01/2008 21:05:00
city 81.... He did play an unchanged team in the last two games !
03/01/2008 21:36:00
alphieblues, Look to santa cruz ( Blackburn ) in first 12 match he dont make any thing Perhaps scored two or three goal, But with so many games started Understanding with the players and they knew what he wants and now he score in every game one or two goal, We have strikers able to be better than Cruz, But we need the Stability & this can not be achieved with the addition of new players in this stage, that is my mind and perhaps Im wrong .
city 81
03/01/2008 22:19:00
Not buying the stability thing city81 - the substitions have been inspired at times, and the guys filling in for injuries, suspensions etc have done well - giving us some depth and flexibility.
Craig Cain
03/01/2008 22:41:00
With Castilla & Bojinov playing in the next few weeks there will be no lack of firepower.
03/01/2008 23:53:00
you definately need new signing to really break into top four right now you lots are doing an excellent job but you sitll lack that top four grid.
04/01/2008 02:45:00
We cannot attain fourth with the suad we have, it is too small and not enough quality to fill in for suspensions and injuries. It was a difficult job choosing MOM for the newcastle game. Corluka has amazed me with his displays in midfield and Dunney once again played outstandingly well. but Hart made three vital saves and especially the one against Owen. Those saves won us the match.
Buzz Lightyear
04/01/2008 09:53:00
GC, we certainly need new signings, the times report that we have made a rejected bid for 'Santa' at Blackburn. but as with anything with Sven you don't know if its true until he says it is.
Buzz Lightyear
04/01/2008 09:57:00
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