Unfortunately, as good as money is, it can also be the demise of talented players. Big-name signings such as Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Javi Garcia have created a negative after effect.

Micah Richards was one of England’s biggest prospects coming through the ranks at the Etihad Stadium. 

The big, young, strong defender was deemed to have become one the best defenders in the world. 

Unfortunately however, we will never see his potential fulfilled. Why? Because City used their wealth and invested in Pablo Zabaleta. 

Zabaleta is a fine player, however as a manager, the likes of Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini should have developed Richards into the player that Zabaleta is now. 

Although Richards has been plagued by injuries over the last few seasons, he was never given the right amount of game time that would have been sufficient enough to develop. A career potentially ruined by money.           

Samir Nasri, who was arguably Arsenal’s best player at the time of his move, moved to the Etihad from Arsenal in an attempt to win trophies. 

He seemed to be a promising player at the age of 24 however he has since taken a back-seat at Manchester City. 

Having spent most of his City career on the bench, he can also be seen as an unfulfilled talent considering the age and lack of development.

Scott Sinclair is the most recent player to have been dumped at City. 

With impressive performances in his last season at Swansea, he was seemingly a good buy. 

Twenty-three at the time of his transfer from the Liberty Stadium, he was tipped to be a gem at City. 

However like Nasri and Richards, he has spent too much time on the bench which has stunted his progress.

It seems that City don’t give their young players enough time to develop as they would rather keep buying an already established player. 

The younger players at City just aren’t benefitting from the wealth of talent they have at their disposal. Do you agree?


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