Tevez Joins City But Will He End Up In The Blues?
Manchester City have finally ended the long winding Tevez saga by securing his services for 5 years for the cool sum of £25 million.
Fans crowded the Argentinean hot shot as he arrived for a photo shoot at the City of Manchester Stadium. He seemed to have a glimmer in his eye as he posed for the cameras but will that continue if he is just one piece of the over crowded jigsaw that is Manchester City.
There is no doubt that the Blues are trying to become one of the biggest clubs in the world. After a fair finish to last season and a giant pile of money being spent in the Transfer window, will City better last seasons final place of 10th and push for a champions league spot or will they finish lower in the table thanks to the never ending tide of players rushing in and out of the City Ground?
Last season City stunned Chelsea and the World of Football by signing the Real Madrid striker Robinho for £32.5 million from under everyone's noses. New owners claimed they would make city the best football club in the world and would spend whatever it takes to make that claim a reality.
So far the new board and Manager Mark Hughes have perchesd, Shay Given (£8m), Wayne Bridge (£10m), Pablo Zabaleta (£7m), Shaun Wright Phillips (£8.5m), Robinho (£32.5m), Stuart Tayler (free),Rogue Santa Cruz (£17.5m), Gareth Barry (£12m), Vincent Kompany (£7m), Tal Ben Haim (£5m), Nigel de Jong (£8m) and finally Carlos Teves (£25m).
It also looks as if Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor will sign for the reported sum of around £22-£25m and links and speculation still remain about Chelsea defender John Terry and his proposed £20m move to city.
So far the new owner Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and chairman Khaldroon Al Mubarak have kept their promise to City fans, manager Mark Hughes, and the world, by spending big.
However I have two questions for City fans and fans of other clubs. One, will Manchester City break into the top four this season? And two, are the signings made by Manchester City big names or are they all safe targets?
For me the two questions are interlinked, I don't think Manchester City will break into the top four this season because the signings aren't good enough. They have definitely made a couple of great signings, such as Given, Tevez, Robinho, Barry, and de Jong but the rest have question marks over their talent.
There are a couple of bright sparks at the club already in Stephen Ireland and Micah Richards, but with all the money spending it seems that they are casting aside what is a great youth system, which has created the likes of already sold Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge.
If there is no young blood flowing into the side, then the club itself will not grow, and it will be stabilised by what in the future could be a fickle owner, which for any football club isn't a good thing.
Even the world's richest and best clubs have got a great youth systerm in place such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, and of course Arsenal. It proves that you need a good balance of money and youth to be somewhat successful, but if the new owners of City don't realize this then they may struggle to win the trophies.
For me, Manchester City's future is uncertain and still has many storyies to tell, but I hope for City's sake that one of the stories isn't about how all that money destroyed a great youth system.
As always the opinions I give are of my own and are not fact (no matter what I think), I give my opinions to trigger a response from the fans of football and those in question. I care about football to a great degree and see the responses you all give, good or bad, as the best high I can get from writing my articles. So please feel free to make a comment that puts your opinion across.
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