Some Friendly Advice to Manchester City and Mark Hughes

Chris StoneCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  Mark Hughes, manager of Manchester City, poses with Carlos Tevez after he signed for Manchester City at City of Manchester Stadium on July 14, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

First I would like to make it clear I have nothing against Man City.

In fact—as a neutral fan—I'm excited that a team outside of the top four has a chance to break in and keep the best clubs on their toes, as well as potentially bring in some of the bigger names from outside Europe to the EPL.

But there is another part of me that wonders what on Earth the people in charge of the Blues are thinking. I'm referring to the overabundance of strikers and attack-minded midfielders that Man City is purchasing willy nilly. Let's take a look:


1.  Valeri Bojinov: Unfortunately has been injured since the dawn of time; he has recently regained fitness and played a few games toward the end of the season

2.  Jo: Loaned out to Evertorn for the final half of last season, and again for the next season in its entirety. Doesn't really count for this purpose

3.  Robinho: You can argue that he is a winger, but I'd say he is practically a striker, similar in the way many refused to call C.Ronaldo a winger.

4.  Craig "The nutter with the putter" Bellamy

5.  Roque Santa Cruz

6.  Benjani

7.  Felipe Caicedo

8.  Chedwyn Evans

9.  Carlos Tevez

10. Adebayor: Almost a certainty

So I count...10 forwards. Only one more to go in goal and they have a full team of strikers! Admittedly, you can knock a few of the list, still leaving a good five to seven forwards that will be around wanting to play.

How can they possibly accommodate that many players?  Plus, there are still attack-minded midfield players such as SWP and Ireland (a quality player and deserves a first team place in my opinion).

So why are Manchester City going for Adebayor? Did they not just get Tevez, Santa Cruz, and Bellamy? Are they going to off-load Caicedo and Benjani?  

Here is my advice, Mr.Hughes. Stop buying players you aren't going to play. You will end up with far too many egos in one dressing room, and things will get messy.

Look at the big four: Man United have Berbatov, Rooney, and Owen, plus two youth players. Liverpool has Torres, and, well, that’s about it. Arsenal now has RVP and Bendtner, possibly Eduardo if he can get fit, and a decent array of youth talent. They still managed to score more goals than the other teams.

And let's not forget that the Blues were the highest scoring team outside of the top four.  It doesn't seem like they need to do too much in the way of enhancing their attacking prowess.

They did, however, leak goals more than 50 percent of the other teams in the premiership. They led in more than double the amount of goals Man United and Chelsea conceded, a big weakness if they want to challenge the top four. 

Terry and Lescott are both targets, and would be good buys. But, currently, Man City need to take the finger off the "buy striker button."

If someone can show me a formation that will accommodate all their major strikers, keep their defense strong, provide a midfield that can attack AND defend, then I will take back everything in this article!


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