Too Much of a Good Thing: Has Manchester City Overcompensated This Summer?

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2009

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 16: (L-R) Manchester City football players Gareth Barry, Steven Ireland, Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez pose with Etihad Airways staff  during a Manchester City presentation at Etihad headquarters on July 16, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jack Dabaghian/Getty Images for Etihad)

In a summary of this season's summer transfer window; there will be two names that dominate more than any others: Real Madrid and Manchester City.

The two richest clubs in world football have been throwing their weight around in the transfer market, making some big-name signings.

Real Madrid seems to be embarking on the Galaticos Era II, while Manchester City is creating a dream team of their own in an attempt to challenge the big four.

However, both clubs have been focusing on one area in particular: attack.

Madrid has broken the world transfer record twice, first with Kaka and then with the £80-million signing of Cristiano Ronaldo just a few days later, while they have also brought in former Lyon striker Karim Benzema for £30m.

They have also splashed the cash on defender Raul Albiol, but much like the first Galaticos era, it is clear to see where Florentino Perez's priorities lie.

It seems to be a similar story at Eastlands as well, with Mark Hughes bringing in Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez, and Emmanuel Adebayor to add to Craig Bellamy, Felipe Caicedo, Valeri Bojinov, Robinho, and Ched Evans.

In trying to become a major force in the attacking third, however, they may well have neglected defense and midfield, despite the signing of Gareth Barry.

It looks like they are trying to rectify this with the pursuit of John Terry and Joleon Lescott, though, which would certainly balance the team a lot more.

However, one aspect of a team that cannot be underestimated is the morale.

While in preseason, the anticipation, excitement, and expectation will keep the players happy. It won't be long before those who don't hold down a regular starting place will start to get disillusioned with life at Eastlands.

The strikers will be most at risk here due to the enormous level of competition now. Unless Hughes plays four or five up front, most of those players are going to often miss out on a starting spot.

While the likes of Evans, Caicedo, and Bojinov may be resigned to the fact they won't be playing regularly, the likes of Robinho, Santa Cruz, Tevez, Adebayor, and even Bellamy will expect to be playing more often than not when fit.

There is no doubt that Manchester City's attacking options are among the best in the Premier League now, but have they improved too much?

Of course, it could be argued that you can never have too many world-class players, but when those world-class players lose morale due to the fact they are sitting on the bench week after week, it could hurt the morale of the entire team.

Moving Robinho out to the left wouldn't exactly ease the situation either. In fact, it may create even more problems, as the midfield competition would grow even stronger.

This would mean Gareth Barry, Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Martin Petrov, Elano, or Michael Johnson would see their first-team chances limited.

In this case, can you have too much of a good thing?  I'm not sure. After all, having too many world-class players is a problem most managers in the world would love to deal with.

However, as Mark Hughes has got that problem, he has a lot of juggling to do to ensure he keeps everyone happy.

If he does, Manchester City could surprise most and push for a top four spot next season. If not, however, this dream team experiment may implode before our very eyes.


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