Manchester City have suffered from a chronic lack of width this season, following the sale of Adam Johnson.
Scott Sinclair was drafted in but has made two league starts all season, his last on the 23rd September when he was hauled off at half time. Here are five wingers who could hit the ground running for Manchester City and are realistic transfer targets.
The 5ft 5in wide man cost Barcelona a fee that cost Barcelona an initial £23 million but could rise to a whopping £33million. However, since his arrival he has been frustrated by his stop-start inclusion in the team. The lucrative wages on offer at the Etihad could tempt him away from the Nou Camp. The Chilean international has managed just three goals all season but a regular run of games and remembering he is only 24, means this young man could have a very bright future.
Angel Di Maria
Di Maria is another talented young player who has had an inconsistent season and is likely to depart this summer. It could take a hefty fee to prize him away from the Bernabeu but it would surely be worth it, considering City have no wide-men Roberto Mancini feels comfortable using.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Ben Arfa has had a season plagued with injuries but has lit up the Premier League when he has played with his dazzling dribbling skills. He is a proven Premier League star, almost guaranteeing some success. He might not have the international pedigree of Di Maria or Alexis Sanchez, but makes things happen and would help a team starved of creativity when David Silva is absent.
Galtan is a less well-known winger who has been putting in a string of impressive performances in the Portuguese League for Benfica. He has attracted the attention of a whole host of clubs such as Manchester United who were rumoured to have agreed a fee but nothing ever came of a supposed swap deal. It would be a huge gamble but Roberto Mancini has to do something or face using the 3-5-2 formation which has been unsuccessful this season.
Villa has failed to ever really cement his place in the Barcelona wing spot, facing tough competition with Andres Iniesta and Pedro Rodriguez. A broken leg did not help his cause but he has made a full recovery to score nine goals so far this season. Even if Villa didn’t play on the wing, he is a natural goal scorer with a great work ethic who could improve Manchester City’s title chances next season.
Roberto Mancini will undoubtedly have money to spend this summer. Who do you think he should spend his money on? Please comment below.
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