With the investment of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, we are now, by far, the richest club in the world. Our estimated wealth is around $560 billion, dwarfing the amount of money available to Chelsea, whose owner, Roman Abramovich was said to be worth, before the credit crunch, a relatively meagre $13 billion.
Sheikh Mansour has changed the footballing world
In the last four or five years, Chelsea have been able to spend as much as they want, and therefore ‘own’ the market; if they wanted a player, invariably, they would land him. This policy is highlighted in the signings of Michael Essien, bought for £24.4 million, Didier Drogba, signed from Marseilles at a cost of £23.8 million, and the fee of £19.85 million spent on Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho, a talented, but not quite world-class defender unlike Titus Bramble.
However, thanks to the Sheikh, this has all changed. With an unlimited amount of funds available to boss Mark Hughes, he is able to go out there, spend some money, and rectify our Sheihky start to the season!! Below, I will list the players who I would like to see arrive, and those, who like Georgios Samaras last summer, need to leave for pastures new. The one sticking point as far as City are concerned, is our precarious league position. Would any top player want to come to a side battling relegation? I think not. At this moment in time, feel that the Blues need experienced, reliable, proven Premiership performers who will get stuck into the battle to try and help City out of danger. Maybe then, next summer, can the stars arrive.
Georgios Samaras: thank god he’s left
Ched Evans (on loan)
Michael Ball did a decent job for us at the end of Stuart Pearce’s reign but has been overlooked this year in favour of Javier ‘I’ve got his parents autographs’ Garrido. At the start of the season, the left-back position was one that was identified as urgently needing improvement. A vast number of signings have been linked with City since the summer to fill in here, including Stephen Warnock of Blackburn and Taye Taiwofrom Marseilles. However, I would go for someone else altogether, although you’ll have to read on to find out who!! Israeli international Tal Ben-Haim, was, in my opinion, a panic buy by Hughes when he wasn’t sure how much money was available. He has been in and out of the side, but it seemed that Hughes finally gave up on him against West Bromwich Albion when fellow defender Nedum Onuoha was preferred on the bench. Swiss midfielder Gelson ‘How on earth am I a professional footballer’ Fernandes, is quite possibly the worst player in the Premiership. I know I go on a lot about his deficiencies, but I could write a whole blog on how bad he is. He has no positional sense, lacks any discipline, can’t pass a ball, can’t tackle, can’t shoot, runs about like a headless chicken, and these are only the traits he displays in the warm-up!!
Mexican attacking midfielder Nery Castillo is someone who arrived at City with the reputation of being a highly creative and exciting player. However, both Eriksson and Hughes have failed to see any of this promise in training, and therefore Castillo has never been given a chance to prove himself. It seems wrong to get rid of his services, but if he doesn’t feature in Hughes’ plans, then we might as well cancel his loan and free up the wage bill. Zimababwean striker Benjani is possibly a controversial choice, but in my opinion, he is nothing more than an average Premier League striker. Recently, he has been fairly injury prone, missing the start of the season with a thigh injury, and now it is expected that he will be out for a while with a hamstring strain. When we bring in strikers in January, as I’m sure will happen, then Benjani willl become surplus to requirements. Young Welsh striker ChedEvans shows a certain amount of promise, but could find his route to the first team blocked by further arrivals. Personally, I think it would be beneficial to send him on loan to gain some confidence, and to return next season ready to make an impact.
Benjani could leave in January
Roque Santa Cruz
These players are exactly what City need at this moment; proven Premiership quality who could improve us this season, and then we could build on that by signing the ’stars’ in the summer. Chelsea ‘keeper Cudicini would act as an experienced back-up goalkeeper to the promising Joe Hart, while Bridge and Upsonwould bolster the defence. With the arrival of Bridge, Javier Garrido could move forward into midfield with the continued absence of Martin Petrov and Upson would add solidity to our shaky defence. Wigan dynamo Palacios would provide steel in midfield, something we have been lacking in recent weeks, whilst also being accustomed to the pace of the Premiership. I would ideally like Gareth Barry in this position, but he is unlikely to come to a side languishing in the bottom three. We have been missing a lethal goalscorer this season, and I feel that Santa Cruz would be perfect for City. He is known to Hughes, with City’s current manager having signed the Paraguayan for Blackburn. Michael Owen is a controversial choice, but while he is fit, there is no better goalscorer around.
Owen would be a quality short-term signing
So, if all these transfers were actually to take place, and everyone was fit to play for City, then this sounds a great team:
Zabaleta Richards Upson Bridge
Wright-Phillips Kompany Ireland Petrov
Subs: Cudicini, Garrido, Dunne, Johnson, Palacios, Bojinov, Owen
Anyway, these are only my opinions, so if you have different ideas and disagree with my choices, then please comment below.
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