After the shock defeat by Wigan in Saturday’s FA Cup final, Man City fans have been left scratching their heads. How can a side who won the FA Cup and then Premier League in back-to-back seasons come up so short this season?
It’s no denying that when Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions least season they were worthy winners. There squad was full of quality players willing to step up to the mark to challenge United.
City’s demise this season started in the summer. Roberto Mancini never denied his interest in signing Robin van Persie. The prolific Dutchman was one of the hottest properties in English football and the two big Manchester clubs went toe-to-toe for his signature.
Mancini to this day regrets not trying hard enough to sign Van Persie and admits the Dutchman was the difference between the two Manchester clubs this campaign.
The summer also saw the departure of the character that was Mario Ballotelli. Although a very unpredictable player he bought class to Manchester City’s squad and with Carlos Tevez , Serigo Aguero and Ballotelli at his disposal Mancini could allow the players to challenge for positions bringing out the best in all three. With the departure of the Italian to AC Milan Mancini expected Dzeko to step up and fill that void.
The Bosnian however, has struggled to make any sort of impact and with all the weight falling on Aguero’s shoulders the Argentine has been struggling for goals.
A second reason Man City are possibly not as potent as they were last season is the fading away of David Silva. Last season the little Spaniard conjured City to a whole host of victories.
His clever passes would unlock even the meanest of defences. Silva would control the whole tempo of City’s game from start to finish even scoring the odd goal when necessary. This season however he has faded into the shadows not having as large an impact as would be possibly expected of him. Defences now mark him more closely and most of the time he finds it difficult to operate without a pocket of space and some time to pick a pass.
Mancini has faced a whole host of negativity for his summer signings and rightly so. The departures of Nigel De Jong and Adam Johnson meant the boss had to rebuild his squad in certain positions. His signings were confusing to say the least.
In midfield he signed Rodwell a promising young player but also someone who had spent most of his time at Everton on the bench due to injuries. Rodwell simply does not have the Premier League experience and is not a world-class player able to slot in the City midfield.
Another confusing signing was Scott Sinclair. The winger was bought mainly to fill the void of a departing Adam Johnson. Sinclair has had absolutely no impact on City since he arrived. He has struggled to even get playing time as a substitute and when he has been on the pitch his performance have been average or well below those expected of someone who plays for a big team like Manchester City.
It’s clear that Manchester City are in need of a shake-up and the departure of Mancini signals an intent for revolution at the Etihad.
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