Manchester City were widely expected to at least give Chelsea a run for their money in the race for the UEFA champions league but after a collapse in January-February, Manchester City’s title challenge all but disappeared.
Assessing Manchester City’s problem, it was more of a squad problem rather than a tactical problem. Manchester City failed to keep their players fresh and their squad acquisitions failed to take the side to a new level. Essentially, most clubs knew what to prepare for whenever they took on City. Yaya Toure and Silva suffered from the usual mid-season fatigue and the Yaya Toure could not be replaced in January when he went off to the AFCON, Edin Dzeko simply could not mirror Aguero who was in top form throughout while Kompany’s form was indifferent all season. Manchester City have forayed into the window in an attempt to bolster their squad but were unable to replace Milner. The arrival of Raheem Sterling was visited with a lot of fanfare but Sterling is simply not the player the need, Sterling was unimpressive for Liverpool last season and is a player that is learning his trade at best. Sterling, like Bale at Real Madrid and Di Maria at Manchester United would struggle to justify his price tag. Equalim Mangala is simply not good enough and a player in the mold of Otamendi is necessary in the Manchester City back line while Aguero remains the only forward who can be firing from all cylinders all season. Sami Nasri is not as influential as he used to be, and Yay Toure and David Silva don’t have worthy replacements in the squad and Manchester City are set to miss out on Pogba like they missed out on Vidal but a player like Ever Banega or Blaise Matuidi would add a lot of Dynamism to their squad and with the imminent departure of Edin Dzeko, Wilfried Bony is the only attacking option that might work well for Manchester City.
A round up of Manchester City’s transfer business so far shows a lot of bark but no bite as the recent acquisitions cannot simply take Manchester City to the next level.