Manchester City's achilles heel will be their defence: So say the majority of pundits and commentators when previewing the coming Premier League season.
If you look at the current players on the payroll at the City of Manchester Stadium you can see why they say that.
Kolo Toure is of course a quality addition but there is more to City's current options than many would think.
It's about a stable partnership which last season never happened.
If Micah Richards removes his head from his posterior and concentrates on football rather than partying and blinging it up then he may well become the player we all hope he can be. A move to full back will likely help with that as well.
The prospect of a fully fit Nedum Onuoha is a very pleasing one. For several years I have been telling the world that if they were impressed by Richards just wait for Nedum, hopefully I will get to say "I told you so" this coming season.
Richard Dunne is a weakness, and maybe the weakest link, with his best years behind him. And considering that he was error, own goal AND red card prone (all in one match is a distinct possibility) it is highly likely that he will be back-up at best.
Ben-Haim is my least favourite, dropped-bollock signing of recent years. My father has a phrase for players like him a "getting away with it" chancer—'nuff said.
City have real options in the full back positions with Bridge, Zabaleta and Garrido with more young players in reserve. These players recently blooded in pre-season offer hope for significant in-house improvements.
With more experience, the likes of Logan, Mee, McGivern and Macdonald and Vidal could well save the club milions, but for now there's a hole to be filled.
I suspect that City will sign two more Centre Halves, Lescott being number one pick with Upson also signing on for the new season.
If Distin were to return to City it would likely be as a back-up option to the Toure/Lescott partnership, but he may well enjoy the money.
So with a little more investment (if you can think of £30-£40m as a 'little more'), then the squad will be ready for a real push this season.
There are strong indications that Lescott is likely to force a move as he is afraid that both he and Everton are stagnating.
Upson is refusing to sign a new contract at West Ham, hoping for the call from City.
If both players do turn up, then in the coming years City could well have the majority of the England first team on the payroll.
Quite a thought when all we have heard so far is of the expensive African and South American buys.
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