Manchester City: 5 Players Roberto Mancini Needs to Sell
Another transfer window is approaching, and that likely means big-spending Manchester City will be active once again.
But while City always seem to have money to spend, this winter might present an opportunity for the team to clear out some of its roster.
Here are five players we think manager Roberto Mancini could afford to sell in January.
Mario Balotelli's antics have been documented extensively. From late-night partying to inopportune red cards to touchline temper tantrums, Balotelli has shown himself time and again to be a recurring migraine headache for manager Roberto Mancini.
By now, the routine has grown old. As talented as Balotelli is, now is the time to cut the cord.
Balotelli, of course, is still only 22. That means he can and should still have a bright future in football. It's hard, however, to imagine that happening at City.
Manchester City signed defensive midfielder Jack Rodwell for a reported £15 million in August (via The Guardian). With Nigel de Jong destined for the exit later that month, the move made some sense, at least in theory.
But then City signed the more experienced Javi Garcia at the transfer deadline for another £15.8 million (via Daily Telegraph).
Neither player has made much of an impact. Hampered by injuries, Garcia has appeared in only six league matches (four starts). Rodwell, who has been guilty of making a number of errors early in his City career, has appeared only five times (two starts).
According to the player ratings at WhoScored.com, Rodwell has been City's third-worst player this season. He might yet improve, but it's difficult to see him getting a long enough run in the side to grow the way he needs to as a player.
If City aren't prepared to sell, perhaps a loan move would help Rodwell.
Scott Sinclair's situation is not unlike that of Jack Rodwell.
Sinclair, 23, has started twice and made two substitute appearances in the league this season for City. According to WhoScored.com, he has been City's worst player.
That's unlikely to change anytime soon. In City's crowded midfield, Sinclair will struggle to find playing time.
This one is difficult. Joleon Lescott remains a good player, even if Roberto Mancini won't play him.
Formerly a regular in the squad, Lescott has made only seven starts this season after the emergence of young defender Matija Nastasic. If Lescott is going to sit on the bench, City might as well sell him.
He's still good enough and young enough (30) to make an impact. Or he could command a decent fee in the transfer market.
Midfielder Yaya Toure is one of Manchester City's best players and a key piece in Roberto Mancini's midfield. In fact, Yaya is one of the Premier League's best players.
His brother Kolo Toure is neither. At 31, Kolo is past his best days. He has made only two league starts this season, and his place in the team is unclear.
January might be the right time to sell.