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Manchester City still have work to do after signing Raheem Sterling

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Manchester City may be set to gain a player with fantastic potential in departing Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, but they still have plenty of work to do before they can be considered Premier League favourites.

City finished second in the Premier League last season - eight points behind Chelsea.

They were dumped out of the fourth round of both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup and continued to underachieve in Europe - only making the Champions League Round of 16.

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AGE PROBLEM

Their starting XIs in their 3-1 aggregate defeat to Barcelona had an average age of 29.7 - the oldest in the round by almost a whole year.

Although Sterling will inject youth into the squad, the likes of Martin Demichelis (34), Yaya Touré (32), David Silva (29), Pablo Zabaleta (30), Fernandinho (30), Edin Dzeko (29), Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov (29) and captain Vincent Kompany (29) are at risk of declining with age.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea do not struggle with similar age problems and have also signed key players. 

FACING COMPETITION

The Red Devils have secured the signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger; while the Gunners, challenged City for second place last season along with United, signed Petr Cech from Chelsea.

Meanwhile, the champions replaced Cech with Stoke City's Asmir Begovic and signed Radamel Falcao on loan to fill the void left by departing striker Didier Drogba.

City will also have to be wary of Liverpool; who may use the initial fee they are set to receive for Sterling - reportedly £44 million - to add to the summer signings of James Milner, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino.

MUCH TO BE DONE

So, while City have signed a player with world class potential, they have to remember that they are merely one of five top Premier League clubs to have done so - and keep working to bring in more.

The Citizens still have to strengthen further if they want to be crowned champions of England come May.

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