Manchester City Transfer Talk: Biggest Needs for Defending Champs

Mary O'ConnorCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19:  Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Roberto Mancini will be looking to replicate his 2011/2012 season with the defending Premier League Champions, but with only eight days left before the transfer window closes, it is quite astonishing that Mancini has only snatched up one player, 22-year-old Jack Rodwell.

But what does Mancini need to do in order for the citizens to keep The Barclay’s Premier League Cup at Etihad Stadium for another year?

Mancini emphasizes the significance of having strong and versatile defenders, something he is noted for. Because of his 3-5-2 formation, he needs to rely heavily on his center-halves.

Mancini has been criticized for his defense-first approach, but he has proved that his cautious and defensive playing style is key to City’s success. Mancini transformed City from a team who had an insecure back line to a team who are now renowned for their sturdy defensive unit.

But while Mancini has transformed City, he really needs more players in order to continue development this year.

Mancini will pay the price for his reticent activity during the transfer window so and he knows there will be repercussions if he doesn’t splash some cash on the market this week. It is uncharacteristic of a manager who spent  £106 million last season, to only spend a meager £15-20 million so far this season.

The Daily Mail has reported Mancini to have said, "When the Champions League starts, we will be playing every three days for 10 months. This is not easy if we don't have players."

The Sky Blues definitely need another strong defender. Since Mancini banks on his three defenders so heavily, it is imperative that Mancini looks for another central defender in order to maximize his 3-5-2 formation which worked to his advantage last season.  

Defensive midfielder Gareth Barry is injured at the moment with an abdominal problem which has recurred again, and his recovery time is unknown so this is even more reason for Mancini to scope out a defensive player before it is too late.

Mancini will definitely need another central midfielder and although it has not been confirmed yet, there are talks of Yaya Toure playing in the Africa Cup of nations this January.

Toure is definitely a key player for City, and if he does decide to play, which is likely, Mancini will need a strong backup for Yaya Toure while he is away. Toure played a dominant role for City last season. Toure is a fantastic midfielder who has the ability to switch from offensive to defensive positions throughout the game and also has a sharp right foot. Mancini will need to fill his shoes during his departure.

Man City will need two hardworking midfielders in order to capture the title this season.

Since the season is so long, with The Citizens playing three games a week for 10 months, there is definitely room for another midfielder. The players will need to be rested regularly, but at the moment, there will be limited rest for the players, which could mean less energetic play on the field.

When attacking, City have more players on the offensive which translates into usually seven players forward when on the ball in their oppositions half. City could really use two strong midfielders, rather than another striker.