Despite winning two Premier League titles in the last three years, I remain unconvinced by Manchester City .
Despite spending an absolute fortune on assembling a hugely talented squad over the last few years, City still don’t have a style or identity of their own. They play like a group of wonderfully gifted individuals rather than as a cohesive unit.
They are also overly reliant on Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure, and are far more vulnerable when either of those two is missing through injury.
Last season, they won the title mainly due to the fact that Liverpool ran out of steam at the very end, and because Chelsea were a little sloppy in one too many games. The last time they won the League, it took a last gasp act of heroics from Sergio Aguero. City should be dominating domestically, but for some reason they cannot seem to do it.
Comings and goings
Whilst Chelsea and Arsenal have been able to spend big this summer, City haven’t been as busy as they usually are in the transfer market this summer, with Fernando and Bacary Sagna being the main arrivals. Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott have moved on, showing once and for all that City have no intention at all of trying to get home-grown players into their side.
Having said that, City are still spoilt for choice in every single area of the field apart from the centre of defence. However, in Vincent Kompany they have one of, if not the best centre-back in world football right now, and he marshalls that defence incredibly well.
More midfield steel
The arrival of Fernando will shore things up a little for City in midfield and will allow Fernandinho and Toure the freedom to get forward and hurt teams more.
City have an embarrassment of riches in attack, and whilst they haven’t brought anybody in this summer, a fully fit Steven Jovetic will be like a new signing as he was so limited last time out because of injury.
It remains to be seen just how much of an effect the UEFA sanctions will have on City this season. I believe that they will be hampered by an enforced tightening of the purse strings and that over reliance of Toure and Kompany.
Teams know what to expect from City, and they haven’t been able to make too many changes for this season. That said, unless Manchester United do something miraculous this season, I can only see Chelsea finishing ahead of City this time around.