With the transfer window being only 26 days old, Manchester City have made a number of significant signings in the form of Jesùs Navas, Fernadinho and, more recently, Stevan Jovetić and Alvaro Negredo.
And with signings of such talent one must ask: ‘Is it time for City to let some people go?’
While we all know that City are backed by the Arab billionaire Sheikh Mansour and so they don’t have to sell players to make funds as rivals Manchester United do, City have players who they spent millions on just for them to sit on the bench.
Samir Nasri is a prime example of this. On his day Nasri is amazing, with his creativity and intelligence, proving himself to be a very able deputy to Cesc Fabregas during his time at Arsenal.
His performances prompted City to buy him during the summer of 2011. Big things were expected of him upon his arrival but he has failed to live up to the hype. And with David Silva, Yaya Toure, James Milner, Gareth Barry and now Fernandinho, Nasri can expect to see less playing time and so should look elsewhere for first-team football to ensure no repeat of the 2010 World Cup, where he was left out.
Scott Sinclair is another example. Bought from Swansea after scoring 27 goals in all competitions, including 22 in the Championship, he fired them back to the Premier League in 2011. He has since failed to make an impression or cement a first-team place. And with Navas playing in an identical position he will, like Nasri, find limited playing time and should look elsewhere for first-team football.
With the quality of the forwards and midfield at City, a 4-3-3 formation can be expected with Negredo possibly finding himself on the bench with Agüero, Jovetić and Navas in the front-line, and Silva, Toure and Fernadinho across the middle.
Sinclair, Dzeko and Nasri should look elsewhere where their talents would be in the starting line-up.
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