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The transfer deadline day was a strange one for Manchester City, in recent years the focus has been on the activity at the Ethiad Stadium, yesterday was quiet though.

It marks a turnaround between the two Manchester clubs - in the past City have rushed around trying to get big names at the last minute - few can forget the day they signed Robinho and tried to snatch Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United.

In contrast, United under Sir Alex Ferguson, generally, got their shopping done early and were assured on who they wanted and how they would get them.

But this time it was Manuel Pellegrini who could put his feet up and watch Jim White reveal the latest on David Moyes' United desperate attempts to sign a big name.

It feels as though a lot of the City action has gone under the radar, though they still spent over £90 million on new players- only Tottenham spent more.

So, are they in a better position now than they were at the start of their flawed title defence last year?

One of the major problems in Roberto Mancini's last season at the helm was that they became predictable in attack, there was a fundamental lack of width.

The two most creative players were Samir Nasri and David Silva who like to cut in, which is fine to a point, sometimes they needed a 'Plan B', somebody with pace who can get it to the by-line and put crosses in for someone like Edin Dzeko. Scott Sinclair wasn't up to the challenge.

To an extent they have solved that with Jesus Navas.

Navas has proved his credentials in Spain for club and country and will certainly be the one who'll be looking to feed another signing- Alvaro Negredo, a real poacher.

But could they have done with another player with width?

If Navas gets injured they have nobody to do that job - who will assist Negredo in the same way in the current squad?

Not Stevan Jovetic, another good signing who will be an undoubted threat but he plays more centrally just behind the main striker, the Montenegro player will look to drive into the channels but he lacks quality delivery at the moment.

Pellegrini may have to pray he has no injuries or they may go back to being predictable again.

Defensively, it should be better.

Fernandinho will surely take some of the pressure of Yaya Toure as a powerful midfielder, replacing Gareth Barry who made one too many mistakes last year.

The arrival of Martin Demichelis may be uninspiring, but he'll be solid, the Argentine, 32, has plenty of experience to rely on and he'll be dependable in the event of injuries to the likes of Vincent Kompany, which happened last year, leaving the hapless Javi Garcia to, at times, fill in at centre back.

Overall, City fans will probably be delighted with the arrivals and will also feel they could win the title back, although the lack of genuine wingers is a concern.

Navas may need to be wrapped in cotton wool when he isn't on the pitch this year.

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