Manuel Pellegrini’s men were not at their best in parts of the previous season. Their consistency cost them the Premier League title last season and the manager will like his players to keep up the unbeaten start they got to the 2015-16 season so far. The club has also been very busy in the transfer market with a lot of first class purchases to add to the already strong squad.
Manchester City has spent a total of £154.2 million in this transfer window and has made purchases that make their team significantly stronger than their top four rivals. They have not only looked at young talent but have also bought into the club some much-needed experience that may well take the team a long way into the season.
Enes Unal (Bursaspor, undisclosed), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, £49million), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Patrick Roberts (Fulham, undisclosed), Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia, undisclosed), David Faupala (Lens), Aleix Garcia (Villarreal, undisclosed), Kevin de Bruyne (Wolfsburg, undisclosed)
Matija Nastastic (Schalke, undisclosed), Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, undisclosed), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic, £1.5m), Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa, undisclosed), James Milner (Liverpool, free), Micah Richards (Aston Villa, free), Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan, undisclosed), Edin Dzeko (Roma, loan), Karim Rekik (Marseille, undisclosed), Frank Lampard (New York City FC, free), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo, free), Enes Unal (Genk, loan), Jordy Hiwula (Huddersfield, undisclosed), Marcos Lopes (Monaco, undisclosed), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray, loan), Devante Cole (Bradford, free).
The two big buys of this season in the Premier League have been from City. They broke the bank once for the services of the Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling. Sterling provides pace down the left to a team that thrives on using the width of the field. Kevin de Bruyne’s purchase from Wolfsburg made a huge statement to the teams around City. The club has an array of talent for every position on the field and also has a lot of depth that was missing in the previous seasons.
The club has also made some exceptional buys in the form of Fabian Delph from Aston Villa, Patrick Roberts from Fulham and Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia. Though these players may not get a chance to play for the club straight away, the number of competitions in English Football will ensure that every player gets their chance to break into the first team.
However, the club has lost some significant talent in Nastasic, Negredo, Micah Richards, Jovetic and Dzeko. Though the club may not feel the absence of these players, the exit of Frank Lampard, who is now playing in the MLS along with the free transfer of James Milner to fellow contenders Liverpool, will be something the fans might be a bit unhappy about.
The club has already started in fine fashion having seen off the Champions at home in the 2nd match of the season. They sit at the top of the table, having scored 10 goals and not conceding one. Their starting XI bears a very settled look and the bench strength means that Pellegrini can call upon different sort of players for different situations.
The only criticism that the club has had to face has been the amount of money they spend on transfers. This season, their net spend has exceeded a 100 million (£101.9 million). However, lifting a trophy, preferably in Europe will answer all the critics at one shot. Follow our website for more such articles about your favorite club.