For all you fans who love the English Premier League and are constantly up to date with all the actions, will of course know that Man City has been on a heavy spending spree this summer with the purchases of superstars like Adebayor, Tevez, Barry, Toure, Lescott, Bellamy and Santa Cruz; backed by the multi billionaire owners. However, will these buys get them a champions league place?
Man city, often overshadowed by the huge status of Man United over the years, may have something to cheer about this season. Their 100% record continued with the win against Arsenal and proving some critics wrong for writing off their challenge this season. Although there still seems to be gaps left defensively and a lot more work needs to be done, the presence of Gareth Barry has significantly improved their game both defensively and creativity. He is able to thread balls in behind the defence as well as track back to help out new and experienced centre backs Kolo Toure and Lescott. Although these centre backs are not exactly world class standard at the moment, they are both capable and reliable in doing their tasks.
Their attacking force is surely going to be feared this season. With Robinho looking like he is going to be used as a left winger rather than a striker, they are probably going to use Wright Phillips along with Robinho on both wingers to provide blistering pace and tricks along the touchline to supply Man City’s new goal scoring machine Emmanuel Adebayor, who has scored in every game so far this season. Tevez is surely going to make an impact as well. Apart from these superstars, they also have home grown talents such as Stephen Ireland who has deservedly won the Man City player of the season award who will be crucial in the central midfield. They also have Joe Hart who has been excellent on many occasions and it is such a shame that Man City cannot play both of their excellent keepers; Shay Given and Joe Hart.
They obviously have enough strength in terms of squad depth but question marks still remain in certain areas. Is Mark Hughes really a world class manager who will be able to manage multi million pound players? He has done well with smaller clubs like Blackburn but there is obviously a huge jump in quality between Blackburn and Man city. There are still problems in defence. Full backs Wayne Bridge and Micah Richards cannot simply expect to play 40 games or so. Who can step into their shoes if they are injured? Also, huge attacking force comes at a price. In midfield, only Barry seems to be the one who can track back to help the defence efficiently. If Barry, the talisman is injured, they will lose their balance in the team and nobody can step into his shoes. However, without injury to their major players and no drop in confidence levels, they have the right to challenge for a top four place along with another high flying team, Tottenham.