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Manchester City: Do they have too many stars?

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Can Pellegrini keep a happy squad? (©GettyImages)
Can Pellegrini keep a happy squad? (©GettyImages).

A large squad in football is normally a big plus for a club, but Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini may find that he simply has too many players at his disposal and, perhaps more importantly, too many good players.

Having too many good players may not sound like a problem, but the size of City's talented squad could become one this season as big names find themselves regularly missing out and quickly become disgruntled.  

The arrivals of Fernandinho, Jesús Navas, Álvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic will certainly excite fans and Manchester City, impressively, haven't went out and bought the biggest household names simply for the sake of it. The quartet that has arrived cost around £98 million combined - less than Real Madrid may be about to pay for one player.

Pellegrini will have to try to fit these players in, however, and with Carlos Tévez the only first-team regular of last season to depart the club, many quality players will be left out.

Joe Hart will start in goal and Pellegrini's back four will be a fairly consistent mix of Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov.

It is from the midfield and the forwards that the selection issues will really become difficult.

In central-midfield, there will be Yaya Touré, David Silva, Gareth Barry, Jack Rodwell, Javi García and new arrival Fernandinho all battling to fill those couple of positions.

The issue doesn't seem much easier on the wings, either, where we'll see James Milner, Samir Nasri and Jesús Navas looking to fill those roles.

Navas is expected to get his chance to make the City right wing his, but the Spaniard will still have to prove himself in the Premier League and Pellegrini may need to be patient as the pacey winger adapts to the English game. With so many other talented midfielders waiting on the bench, that could take a lot of courage to do.

Up front, there will certainly be less pressure on Sergio Agüero this season thanks to the arrivals of Álvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic as well as the help of Edin Dzeko. Those are four talented strikers, however, and they will all find themselves left out at some-point during the campaign.

City do not by any means have the largest squad in the Premier League. Pellegrini's problem, though, is that no other squad boasts as much talent across the board as his. It is, of course, a good problem to have, but there will be some very expensive bottoms sitting on that Etihad Stadium bench.

 

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