In 2009 when Roberto Mancini took over as Manchester City boss and the coffers had been replenished with, previously unheard of, sums of money, the squad was in need of an overhaul.
Millions of pounds were spend bringing the world’s most famous footballing names to the Etihad and effectively creating a force that could and would compete for the Premier League title.
Fast forward four years and despite having added an FA Cup and a league title to their trophy cabinet, City are once again contemplating a spending spree. Having fallen well short of the required mark in last year’s title race, the ‘noisy neighbours’ have replaced Mancini with former Real Madrid and Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini has a history of working with clubs who are looking at spending big, and although City could certainly revamp their squad, should they really be looking to change it entirely?
Players such as Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were instrumental in the victorious campaign of 2011/12 and there are few clubs in the world that can compete with City in terms of quality in squad depth.
However, with Fernandinho and Jesus Navas having already been bought in and Carlos Tevez depareted, it looks as though the new manager will be looking to fresh blood to recapture the title from rivals United.
Though large-scale upheavals do tend to work in the long-run- just look at Chelsea’s first campaign under Mourinho, or the second Galacticos era at Real Madrid - perhaps Pellegrini should be relying on the crop of quality players he already has at his disposal.
One glance at the recently retired Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as Manchester United manager shows just how effective placing faith in what you already have can be.
As mentioned previously, City could do with one or two more additions, but already boasting a squad to be envied, too many alternations will only spell trouble.
Should City reignite their rigour with another revolution? Or should they place their faith in the new style of Pellegrini and the obvious talent already at their disposal? Comment below.
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