Manuel Pellegrini must be feeling like a bull in a china shop given papal dispensation. That's to say, he is running rampant within the transfer market, attaining all he wants to the dismay of others, who stand in awe and jealousy of the limitless funding that attracts so many transfer targets.
Pellegrini has long since preferred his teams to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, with an emphasis on defensive work. The 4-2-3-1 formation will fit the current City setup well, with Yaya Toure likely pairing Fernandinho, Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry or Javi Garcia as two holding, defensive midfielders.
Malaga under Pellegrini utilised 3 attacking midfielders, with Isco preferred in a central role usually behind former City striker, Roque Santa Cruz. This too suits City, with an array of attacking prowess in David Silva, Samir Nasri, James Milner and new signing Jesus Navas, who impressed for Spain in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Yet, Pellegrini's position, despite all the resources and players available to him, perhaps is not such an envious one.
There is only one position on the teamsheet for those present forwards, whilst the two new signings of the coveted position will be desperate to impress in the Premier League. The arrival of Fiorentina's Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic and Sevilla's Spanish shooter Alvaro Negredo suggests there must be a few anxious and angered City faces on their tour in South Africa.
Another, perhaps all-the-more important worried face may be of the Argentinian ace, Sergio Aguero. The £38million signing had an incredibly impressive debut season in the Premier League, scoring 23 goals. However, due to a knee injury, his second season started with a stutter, and though he scored a decent 12 goals, his position in this current City line-up does not feel guaranteed.
The fact that four strikers of a high quality, all proven to be capable of scoring 20-odd goals a season, must all compete for one starting position may, for Pellegrini and City's benefit, bring out the best in all of them. But friendly competition is one thing, disappointed and dismayed players another. Those goal predators left lurking on the bench will incur on City huge wages, whilst ahead of the World Cup in 2014, no-one will be happy to not be getting sufficient game time to put forward their names for their respective nation's call ups.
Unhappiness can be debilitating for a squad, and Pellegrini would do well without it - perhaps, like David Moyes, in order to install their new beliefs, they could do with selling the previous best players. So, welcome Pellegrini to the Premier League, potentially adios, Aguero!
One such current, dismayed face may belong to the marksman from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Edin Dzeko who had seen his playing chances limited of late, despite impressing in his short, goal-laden cameos, notching 30 goals in 76 Premier League appearances. Pellegrini has taken the time to assure the 27-year-old £27million signing that he is still a very "important player" and that he would not be sold, despite reported interest from Chelsea and Napoli.
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