Manchester City: Spending Spree Must Continue to Be Considered EPL Favourites

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJuly 5, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Jesus Navas of Spain in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Manchester City have made a stunning start to the 2013 summer transfer window.

First, they signed Jesus Navas for a respectable £15 million fee, as confirmed by the BBC, injecting searing pace and crossing ability in an area the Citizens direly needed reinforcing.

Then, they spent big on Fernandinho, filling a big hole in the roster at holding midfield with a UEFA Champions League-standard player. The fee, confirmed by the BBC at around £30 million, showed City are willing to pull no punches in securing their top targets.

It was a good start: Not yet July, City filled their two greatest needs with quality, international players...but no progress has been made since.

Manuel Pellegrini knows he has a very capable squad, but a look beyond the stellar starting XI reveals questionable depth in certain positions.

Centre-back, for example, is an area for concern.

Matija Nastasic and Vincent Kompany have the makings of an elite partnership, and if the captain can match the Serbian's exponential growth next season, they could form the best duo in the English Premier League.

Joleon Lescott, laying in reserve, is clearly unhappy with his lack of playing time. With Roberto Mancini gone, he will have his shot at a fresh start, but at age 30 he isn't a part of the long-term strategy.

The former Everton defender can also deputise at left-back, and that could keep him within a shout of first-team action.

According to Football Italia, Aleksandar Kolarov is a major target for several Serie A clubs and Galatasaray. Currently playing as an unhappy understudy to Gael Clichy, the Serbian looks set to leave the club in search of first-team action.

That leaves holes at centre-back, due to Kolo Toure's release, and left-back if Kolarov leaves. As much as City's attack looks rejuvenated and fresh, the defensive depth is a concern.

City, and in particular Txiki Begiristain, must continue the good work they've carried out early in the summer.

Alvaro Negredo appears to be the striking target and The Express believes City are close to sealing his signature. That's another solid building block, but attentions must turn to the defence.

A long run in the Champions League and a title challenge requires immense resources. You can expect a few more signings from the Citizens this summer.

 

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