Manchester City: 5 Players Who Should Be Sold This Summer
Manchester City is set to see a great deal of change in this summer transfer window. With new players already being brought into the club, and a new manager pending, there will definitely be some players exiting Manchester in the very near future.
Here is my list of deadwood that we should expect to exit this summer.
There aren't a lot of photos of Sinclair actually wearing the City kit this season. In my opinion, Sinclair was an extremely odd signing at the end of the 2012 summer transfer window last season. A bad fit for both parties, Sinclair effectively lost a season of play by agreeing to join City.
Sinclair offers little apart from an option of speed on the wing. He should have taken note from Adam Johnson and steered clear. While you could argue he wasn't given a chance, I think it is safe to say that Sinclair and City will both be trying to work out a plan to find Sinclair first-team football at a bottom to middle-card club for next season.
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Maicon's days as a player are seemingly behind him. At 31 years of age, we saw a few glimpses of both the positives and negatives that this Brazilian fullback has in his repertoire.
In the few games he played, we saw some excellent attacking at times and terrible defending more often than not. I understand why Maicon was brought in, with Richards' injury and Mancini's history with the player at Inter; however, with Richards being fit and Pablo Zabaleta having a career season, Maicon is no longer needed as a stopgap option.
Javi Garcia began his career with City in impressive form, scoring a beautiful header in dramatic fashion. However, after this glimmer of intrigue, Javi Garcia's play fell off.
With City adding Fernandinho, the center-midfield position is obviously crowded. Jack Rodwell is an exciting young talent, and his play at the end of the season was very impressive. Gareth Barry's contract is expiring, but his experience and ability to fill holes creates the ability for attacking options up the field.
Of the three City players who look to be rotation options behind Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, Garcia had the least impressive season. Seeing him play, especially live, was frustrating the majority of the time. If City can find a suitor interested, then I say good riddance.
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Edin Dzeko has been a good striker for Manchester City; however, he could also be described as a streaky finisher. Having good aerial ability, decent feet and a good shot, Dzeko, admittedly, will be difficult to replace.
But his struggle to find first-team football has frustrated the Bosnian over the past two seasons. If there is a knock on Dzeko it is that he can be lazy at times, so perhaps the pace of the EPL isn't best suited for his style.
Dzeko had a great career in Germany and I could see him excelling in Italy. I see Dzeko departing this summer—not for lack of talent, but for a change of scenery from both parties.
Costel Pantilimon is a good young keeper with a great deal of potential. He had a very successful FA Cup run, bringing Manchester City to the FA Cup finals, starting in every FA Cup fixture apart from the final.
Pantilimon is reaching the point in his career where he should be, and needs to be, starting. Unfortunately for Pantilimon, he is stuck behind England's No. 1 keeper, Joe Hart.
Pantilimon deserves the right to decide his future and City management need to make a decision. If the 6'8" keeper has any long-term plans with City, send Pantilimon on loan somewhere he will see first-team football. If there is no foreseeable future with the club, then find Costel Pantilimon a new home.