Fans must wait and see - Hughes

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Mark Hughes has warned Manchester City fans they will not truly see the benefit of his extensive squad reshuffle until next season.

The arrival of Shay Given from Newcastle completed a hectic transfer window for the City manager. Although he missed out on Brazilian superstar Kaka, Hughes signed Wayne Bridge, Nigel de Jong and Craig Bellamy.

"People don't understand how much of a change has been undertaken here," he said. "The alterations we have made on and off the field have been vast."

Hughes is expecting major improvement during the second half of the season, but the former Wales chief feels it will be the start of next season before the true measure of the changes he has made are seen.

"Certainly I am confident about the impact they will have and I am looking for a strong second half to the season," he added.

"But in addition, the way we do our work on a daily basis will have a positive impact going into next season."

There is little doubt City have a more physical presence now and, with Given behind them, more solidity at the back.

Whether the failure to lure Roque Santa Cruz the short distance down the M61 from Hughes' old club Blackburn proves costly remains to be seen, with City's strikeforce still lacking height, especially with Benjani still sidelined.

"In the end our valuation was not tempting enough to allow Blackburn to let him go," Hughes added.

"It was quite clear we weren't going to be able to do any business so we walked away from the deal."

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