Manchester City have only just finished level one of the 'big club game' by getting a financial takeover and winning a few trophies, but certain measures ought to be taken to transform their temporary success into a long-lasting legacy.
"For how long will the blue half of Manchester remain dependent on the Sheikh's money?" This question has most probably been at some time on the tongue of everyone in town. After tasting the great heights of Premier League success, the locales are afraid of the nightmare of falling from their stratospheric mountain of success back to their 2001 molehills of League 1 football.
There is no doubting the lavish expenditure by the owners on the youth academy — the biggest proof being the newly established £200 million worth training academy, the biggest in the United Kingdom.
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If anything, this only shows the owners are in to invest for a long-term project rather than find a temporary home to rent for their beds of cash. The juvenile academy has already produced and developed some aspiring young talents of whom easily beat some European giants and even surpassed their senior counterparts in the U-21 UEFA Champions League.
The likes of Marcos Lopes, ex-player Karim Rekik, Jason Denayer, Seko Fofana, and ex-player Jon Guidetti need to be mingled with the beatific magic and mature class of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva, and Sergio Aguero. This way the youngsters will learn, play, and eventually replace their first team role models.
For the sake of the fans, the football club, and their own sake, the owners should gradually diminish their transfer expenditure — or at least keep it in the piggy bank and suddenly spend it on a top, top signing when the right time arises.
Mediocre half-hearted players in the form of Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Stefan Savic, Fernando Reges, Eliaquim Mangala, Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair et al have made City a scapegoat of their own haphazard transfer policy — or thereof lack of one.
On the other hand, players who would've been developed at the helm of the club would save the fans time on having to argue as to how they are not 'glory hunters', save the manager from dealing with half-hearted human beings, and more importantly save the owners cash, so isn't it time for a change of blood at Manchester City?
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