Unsurprisingly, Manchester City is the fist English club to make a major splash in the summer transfer market. Having signed Brazilian midfielder Fernandhino and Spanish winger Jesus Navas, City look intent on creating a squad that will redirect them back towards titles and trophies.
Without a manager signed, these signings are a bit of an oddity, certainly you would be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn't be happy with yesterday's signings; however, it is a bit difficult to predict what style of play we can expect at the Ethiad next year and how exactly these two players will fit into that equation.
Despite uncertainty over management, a few things are obvious with these signings. Firstly, Blues fans will be seeing a different breed of football next season. Certain aspects of City's play were brilliant under Roberto Mancini, while others were extremely painful to watch. Let's take a look at how these players will add some excitement and a different approach to City's game.
I have been writing (complaining) for years of the absolute lack of options Man City had out wide on the wing. It's about time! City hasn't had a truly capable winger in all of Mancini's time at the club. The last-minute signing of Scott Sinclair was a laughable attempt at providing this option.
Even more frustrating than the lack of quality on the flanks was Roberto Mancini's attempt to play a 3-5-2 formation. A good idea on paper, this formation was disastrous without the right personnel capable of playing this.
Jesus Navas is really set to impress, for the simple reason that he will provide another option for City. City has been too one dimensional. I cannot wait to see the speedy Spaniard run with the ball.
The signing of Navas might produce some changes, I would find it difficult to believe that Sinclair would remain with City after wasting a year of his young career on the bench last season. James Milner might see his time reduced, with the midfield now crowded. It also appears Silva and Nasri may be pushed more central, but also may fight for playing time. More than anything, the signing of Navas provides options, and that is never a bad thing.
Brazilian box-to-box midfielder Fernandhino will provide a few intangibles in City's midfield. His speed, overall balanced game and ability to shoot will provide another dimension to Manchester City. This signing, more than Jesus Navas, indicates that there will be players departing.
Gareth Barry's contract is set to expire; however, the responsible play of this experienced midfielder is something not worth losing. Javi Garcia had a very good start to his career in Manchester; however, his play tailed off dramatically, and having seen him play live a few times I can confidently say that I hope he is cut loose to make room. Jack Rodwell had an impressive end to the season after spending the majority of his time injured and rehabbing.
Regardless of what transpires, City finally have quality depth in the center of the park.
These two signings definitely indicate there will be turnover at the club this summer. While there are still nearly three months remaining, it is comforting to know City is working early, rather than later in the window to improve their squad and prepare for what should be one of the most difficult battles for the EPL title.