Saturday, 9 July 2011
The summer so far - Manchester City
Manchester City are the team that people in football haven't stopped discussing in the last couple of years. Whether you love the fact they have added another dimension to the Premier League, or are a believer that they are buying their way to the top and you don't like it, they are a team that are being discussed in every public house across the country and across the world.
My view is that I completely dislike a team that has been created into something else from a ridiculous amount of money that has never been seen in football. Their spending is eclipsing that of Chelsea's previously and competing with the money thrown on players by that of Real Madrid. It certainly is unfair on those clubs that work hard year on year to survive and keep their heads above water, when a new owner comes in and provides what feels like "monopoly" money for a club and their manager.
Back to the summer and as with every transfer window, Man City will be linked to every single player that's wanted by all the top clubs. This is no different. They have been trying their luck with everyone, including an audacious bid for Cristiano Ronaldo and trying to outbid Barcelona for Alexis Sanchez too! But the focus of their attention seems to be that of one other Premier League club, Arsenal. They have snapped up Gael Clichy for £7 million already and are tracking Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri too.
I'm sure there will be plenty more names thrown into the Man City hat throughout the transfer window and absolutely none of them will surprise me! But it takes time for a team to gel properly as they proved last year. But they are improving and I believe they will be challenging even closer to Manchester United this year. One player that could be crucial is that of Carlos Tevez. He has stated (not for the first time in his career) that he misses his family and wants to leave the club. We have heard it all before though, and with a long contract still tied to him, I believe City will hold their ground and the player will be staying. Plus, I do not believe any teams back in Argentina, or South America will be able to afford the transfer fee first off, and also his ginormous wage demands.
Man City fans what are your views on your teams chances this year? Is the manager the right man? What players do you need in? And what about the Carlos Tevez affair?