City transfer policy needs overhauling
View Comments replica soccer Jersey Taking a glance at Manchester City’s last 10 signings for fees over £10m, Matt Stead says their transfer policy needs a huge overhaul. "I think that next season we don’t have any restrictions. We will be in the same position as all the other English clubs. You have so many strong teams here in England and the Champions League but you can’t allow them to keep the advantage every year, us having less players to put in the squad or spending less money. We spend money, we always spend money, but they spent more." – Manuel Pellegrini. Finally, after being shackled with having to spend just £190.7m, since being appointed in June 2013, Pellegrini will be free to match the spending power of his rivals. Such a quote might inspire small doses of confidence throughout the blue side of Manchester after the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. It really shouldn’t. If anything, Pellegrini with a looser wallet will simply compound issues at City that pre-date his arrival. The average age of the squad has rightly come in for considerable flak, but City’s transfer policy needs a massive overhaul. If you’re still unsure, peruse the following list of the last 10 players City have purchased for a fee of £10m or more: A sorry bunch on the whole, but delving deeper shows just how alarmed City fans should be… Eliaquim Mangala Signed from Porto for an eye-watering £40m, the centre-back has struggled to acclimatise to English football, something demonstrated by Martin Demichelis’ continued stint in the side. At 24, there’s still time for him to realise his potential, but is there really any sign that will happen? Pellegrini maintains the 24-year-old "is a very good player with very bad luck"; fortune apparently favours the 34-year-old freebie who has made more appearances.F365 rating: 3/10 Wilfried Bony At the turn of the year, City were level on points with Chelsea at the top and nine clear of Man United in third. Pellegrini pinpointed the reason for their struggles as a lack of goals, with his side only having scored 44 in 20 games – a joint-league high. In came 2014’s Premier League top scorer Bony, who has since bagged a whopping one goal in seven appearances. At £28m, you can see why Jovetic was a little naffed off ("he killed me") with being ‘replaced’.4/10 Stevan Jovetic Speaking of Jovetic, the £25.8m signing from Fiorentina has 11 goals in 39 games. He signed two seasons ago. £25.8m, two seasons, 39 games, 11 goals. Need I say more?3/10 Fernando What does he actually do? 1.6 tackles, dribbles and interceptions per game, two goals and two assists are all horribly middling statistics. His pass success rate is one of the best at the club this season at 91.8%, but, considering he’s made nearly half the passes of the likes of Yaya Toure, the question remains.2/10 Fernandinho Now a shadow of the midfielder who played such a huge role in the title-winning campaign last season. His regression should not come as a surprise however, as he was already 28 when he was signed for £30m from European giants Shakhtar. Excellent, forward-thinking business.5/10 Alvaro Negredo A sterling start to the 2013/14 season after signing for £16.8m from Sevilla brought 26 goals in his first 35 games heading into February. His final 17 appearances rendered no return, and he was shipped out to Valencia on loan with a permanent departure almost certain this summer, although they should recoup their outlay.5/10 Jesus Navas Pellegrini’s first signing was supposed to add width to this City side. With 14 assists in 59 games coupled with just four goals, you wonder just how much City could get for the 29-year-old if a ‘transitional period’ is forthcoming.5/10 Javi Garcia Another midfielder whose contribution was fairly minimal and often derided, Garcia was signed for £15.8m and sold two years later for £2m less. Pellegrini can’t be blamed as he was a Mancini signing, which makes you wonder just what is wrong with the decision-makers at the Etihad?2/10 Jack Rodwell Do we have to? Once England’s great hope, the £15m man started seven Premier League games before Sunderland felt it best advised to splash out £10m on him last summer, somewhat sparing City’s blushes. Except not really.1/10 Matija Nastasic What went wrong for the Serbian star? Signed from Fiorentina for £12m, the then-21-year-old was named City’s Young Player of the Season for 2012/13 before injury hit. After impressing for Schalke on loan, the German club saw fit to take him permanently off City’s hands.4/10 Ten players, of which three have left, two are almost certain to join them (Jovetic and Negredo) and the remaining five are hardly certain of a long-term future at the Etihad. The previous regime may be partly to blame, but the unruffled Pellegrini has a hell of a lot to answer for. "I’m not concerned about my job. That is one thing I am never concerned
wholesale soccer jersey with," he insisted after the Selhurst Park embarrassment. Looking at his transfer record, we suggest he should have been a least a tad more concerned.
City transfer policy needs overhauling