With a new manager comes new hopes. With new hopes come great expectations.
With great expectations come a flurry of transfer activity designed to refine a squad to the manager’s liking. With the departure of Roberto Mancini the new manager will need to assess what the strengths in team are, - and what are the weaknesses.
Those weaknesses may not be the ability of the player but the fact that they simply don’t fit into the manager’s style of play. Regardless, some Manchester City players are particularly vulnerable in this summer transfer window.
Lescott, by his own admission, fears that he may be forced out of the Manchester Club. Whilst he has always been a strong centre-back he has never shown world-class ability.
He is certainly not a player to rely on on the biggest of stages, such as the Champions League. Always liable to a lapse of concentration or a fatal mistake it seems his days could be numbered at Manchester City.
Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic have shown a great understanding together at the heart of City’s back-line and have pushed Lescott further down the pecking order.
With only one year left on his contract, City may look to find a suitor so that he doesn’t leave for nothing next summer. Whatever happens, it seems Lescott doesn’t have long wearing a sky-blue kit at the Etihad Stadium.
Samir Nasri is under threat simply because 2012/13 was a very poor season for him.
Throughout the campaign he was inconsistent and could not be relied upon to perform in the big games. So much so that Roberto Mancini said that he would like to punch him due to him not utilising his talent fully when taking to the field.
With a poor season behind him it may be that Manchester City will show faith and confidence in his ability and give him to chance to shine next season.
However, whether they choose to sell him in this transfer window or at a later stage he is going to have to demonstrate his ability to keep his place at the club.
Dzeko is not a striker who isn’t scoring. By the contrary, he scored 14 goals in 31 appearances last season in the league - not a bad goal scoring return for somebody vulnerable to being sold this summer.
The problem with Dzeko is that he doesn’t seem to fit City’s playing style. He has a keen eye for positioning using his giant aerial frame but not for the pace and attacking build-up play that City like to deploy on the field.
Also because of his goal scoring ratio he is an attractive buy for other clubs. So Manchester City could look to sell to obtain a good figure for a striker they don’t really want and use it to be a striker that they do.
Reportedly he might be used as a makeshift to bring Edinson Cavani from Napoli to the club. Whatever happens, it seems Dzeko is on his way out.
Carlos Tevez may also be leaving as there are many clubs that are interested in his services. Manchester City may look to move on from Tevez and build a different attacking line-up.
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