Manchester City set for summer clear-out?
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Having relinquished the Premier League title after holding it for just one season, it seems that Manchester City could be ready to have a summer overhaul of their squad following a bitterly disappointing season.
With rivals United reclaiming the title in quite brilliant fashion and with games to spare, the emphasis has fallen on City and boss Roberto Manicini to rekindle the form that saw City take the title in the 2011/12. And this season has been a huge let down for their fans compared to last.
Another poor Champions League campaign saw them finish bottom of their group and following United's victory against Villa to clinch the title, City have just the F.A Cup to fight for.
All of this from a team assembled on millions and millions of pounds and players on huge wages is just not good enough. And it seems that the hierarchy at City have seen the light as reports begin to emerge of a summer clear-out of their squad.
Joleon Lescott is amongst the names tipped to leave come the summer transfer window, and as I have mentioned previously, he should have no shortage of suitors given his experience and consistency he can achieve.
Samir Nasri is another name on many peoples lips given his recent war of words with manager Mancini. Mancini has famously said he would like to "punch" the Frenchman due to his inconsistency with his talent. Another player who impressed last season in the blue of City, but this season has failed to show that form again. This, combined with the opinions of Mancini could force the Frenchman out of Manchester and probably England. Should he be one to leave, a move to Italy or Spain would be more suited to Nasri who has all but exhausted his options in England.
Kolo Toure has already publically stated he will leave at the end of the season. Another player who cost City millions from Arsenal, as Nasri did, Toure has barely featured this season or last. With youngster Nastasic chosen to partner captain Kompany in most games, Toure has fallen way down the pecking order and is in no doubt that he will leave the Citizens come the summer.
These are just a few examples of the names City could well part with come the summer window. Others may join them, and one who would not be blamed in particular is Scott Sinclair.
Possible the worst move made by any Premier League player last summer, Sinclair was a shining light for Swansea in their debut season in the top flight. But the young winger chose to join City last summer and is living to regret that decision every weekend as he watches on from the sidelines. He was a bargain snip at around the £8 million mark, but his huge talents have been wasted by Mancini and City.
A player who dazzled defenders in a Swansea shirt and would have undoubtedly earned an international call up should he have continued his form for the Swans this season. In my opinion, one of the worst moves made by and player in Premier League history.
Having fallen way short of rivals United this season, City need to bounce back hard next year and be competing on all fronts, domestic and European.
And given the sullen approach by some of their squad members this season, a summer clear out and some fresh faces is exactly what is needed at the Etihad at present.
With names like Cavani and Falcao possibly available, some of the current staff at City should be worried for their places come next season.
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