Manchester City's failure to win trophies last season was predominantly a result of panic buying and signing average players.
The six players that joined last summer were Serbian Matija Nastasic in a swap deal for Stefan Savic and £12 million, former Brazil international Maicon, midfield hardman Javi Garcia and English trio Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright. Out of those six signings, Nastasic is the only player to have really impressed so far for the club. That, along with key stars like Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero underperforming, was a real hindrance to City's chances of winning a trophy.
Compare that summer of transfer activity to this summer and there is a collective sigh of relief among City fans. Four marquee signings have been made including three fully-fledged internationals and one on the periphery of the national side.
Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli have been two players to divide opinion regarding their attitude and have both left City in the past nine months. One of Spain's leading forwards, Alvaro Negredo, and flair player Stevan Jovetic have replaced the two at the Etihad Stadium. Wing-wizard Jesus Navas, industrious Fernandinho and 32-year-old defender Martin Demichelis are the other arrivals.
City's summer outlay has surpassed the £85M mark, beaten in the Premier League by Tottenham - and that is due to the departure of Gareth Bale for an ironic £85 million. City have had a well-planned transfer window and now have arguably the most complete and strongest squad in the Premier League.
Jesus Navas is arguably City's best piece of business this window. The 27-year-old used to suffer from home sickness, but has joined the Citizens for £17 million and provides City with a different dimension to their attacking play and much-needed width. Their lack of the former cost City in a number of games last season.
While possessing three new attacking options will offer more variety to City's attacking play, the arrival of Demichelis playing under his former tutor Manuel Pellegrini offers an experienced defensive option which City have sorely lacked at times in the absence of captain Vincent Kompany, with Garcia really struggling at centre back when having to play there.
Demichelis is obviously relishing the opportunity to play in the Premier League. He told the club's official website: "I am delighted to have joined City because I am still hungry for success and want to improve.
"I have been in Europe for 11 years now and this was a great chance for me to play in the Premier League with such a big club.
"When there is a change, there is always a process. There's always a period of adjustment you have to go through. Moving from South America to Europe is a big change and you need some time to settle in because everything is new.
"But in my case, I have lived in Europe for many years and I don't think there'll be any problems in adjusting to life here. Now I want to repay the manager's faith in me out on the pitch. I can't wait to get started," he added.
As well as the quality added from these signings, they also offer competition and in turn a morale boost to current City players. This offers more of an incentive for the likes of Toure, Edin Dzeko and Aguero to perform better with Fernandinho, Jovetic and Negredo competing for places. Marquee signings complement the squad in every way, as Robin van Persie did for rivals Manchester United.
City have depth, quality, experience, fresh impetus, new ideas and a new philosophy. Along with negative influences and egos now out the door, it stands the club in good stead and they will definitely be a strong competitor in contesting for the title this season
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