There has been a huge amount of transfer activity in the Premier League this summer, with the Manchester clubs leading the charge.
While both City and United secured Champions League football last term, the clubs and their respective fans were left disappointed after flattering to deceive throughout the course of the season.
The Blue half of the city finished second to eventual champions Chelsea, whereas United claimed fourth position after suffering with a run of injuries and inconsistent form throughout.
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The Quest for the Title: Why City may hold the Edge
It is City’s transfer activity that has generated the most interest in the media, however, with the signing of England stars Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph particularly surprising and controversial.
While Sterling adds some pace, promise and youth to a relatively slow attack, however, it is the procurement of Delph that may potentially prove decisive in City’s bid to reclaim the English Premier League title.
When City last won the league in 2014, their talismanic midfielder Yaya Toure was influential and the driving force behind their success.
Not only did he score more than 20 league goals, but his energy, power and box to box prowess, provided a considerable presence that few could live with. He faded considerably last season however, suffering from a sudden loss of pace and there is uncertainty surrounding his short and long-term future.
The Sky Blues may have finally resolved this issue with the £8 million signing of 25-year-old midfielder from Aston Villa.
This energetic and powerful midfielder, who was once described by the Leeds United Academy manager as ‘the best player I’ve ever worked with’ and a player ‘who made you speechless’, is sure to provide a youthful endeavour that was missing for much of last season.
He is also adding some much needed steel in the centre of the park.
The Missing Ingredient: Delph as City’s New midfield Engine
In addition to this strength and power, Delph is also a technically gifted footballer with two good feet. His talent is matched by his ambition, meaning that he should fit in well with City’s short passing game and long-term goals for success.
It is as the club’s midfield engine that he will add the most considerable value, providing a foil for the ageing Toure and a much-needed dash of drive.
The only bad news for Delph is the injury he picked up on his debut against Real Madrid at the beginning of July. His strained hamstring means he is likely to miss the start of the new season, so City will need to cope without his energy and enthusiasm until the end of August at least.
Once fit, however, he promises to add the missing ingredient that can transform City into the champions of England.