With Champions League football in place for next season, the Manchester City revolution faces a very important summer in the transfer market.
What has seemed clear over the latter parts of the current campaign is that Roberto Mancini has created a talented squad that works hard for each other.
They have shown excellent spirit to overtake Arsenal into 3rd position as well as progress past rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals. Quite simply, they are a very good side right now. But should they once again dip into their very deep pockets and massacre the transfer market once more?
Following the FA Cup final victory over Stoke City, there was much talk that it was ‘just the start’ for this team, with a lot more trophies to come in the coming years.
To make this happen quickly, you could argue that they need to improve their playing squad. They have plenty of money at their disposal, so why not use it?
Well, this is where they have a dilemma. As mentioned, a good spirit has been developed this year and the current crop shouldn’t be split up without much thought. They have the ability to splash the cash, but they really don’t have to.
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak appears to agree with this notion. He has urged for caution in the transfer market, saying that We don’t need quantity, as today we have quality.
Instead, investment should be made in buying the correct players to take the team forward. Bringing in four or five big names wouldn’t necessarily improve things.
If anything, it would send the club backwards. At the start of the current campaign, they had lots of new signings trying to settle in. With a relatively settled starting eleven at present, they don’t want to be doing this again come August.
He then went on to say that Mancini only needs to bring in a couple of players. This is bang on the money. Add a couple of world-class players to this City team and they can compete with the best in Europe.
The most important signing of the summer could well end up being securing the services of current captain Carlos Tevez. Beyond that, Mancini should resist the temptation to spend, spend, spend and concentrate on fine tuning his squad.