Manchester City: A Centre-Back Is Crucial to Mancini in January

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIINovember 24, 2011

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Joe Hart (L), Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott (R) of Manchester City celebrate at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 10, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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With Manchester City flying in the Premier League, it may seem strange that I am writing an article on what the team needs in the January transfer window.

With City five points clear of bitter rivals United, Roberto Mancini's side are in pole position to push for a first and very important Premier League title.

There is though at least one position where they must reinforce during the transfer window.

Centre-back, although they have a very solid pairing in captain Vincent Kompany and the much improved Joleon Lescott there is still room for improvement.

Kompany, such a consistent performer last season, has this season been the weak link within the City defence.

Kompany has to be thankful that there is nobody there really pushing him at the moment.

Although his performances have been decent, an element of his game seems to be missing at the moment.

Mistakes have been creeping into his game and he doesn't look as composed as he did last year.

Maybe the pressure of leading such a big project is a factor. Last season Kompany was the players captain while Carlos Tevez wore the armband.

But Kompany is a class act and a very intelligent individual who has the ability and the brains to get out of this.

The one thing that he needs to stop doing is breaking rank from defence and trying to make tackles in the midfield that don't need to be made.

It pulls the whole defence out of shape and will cause City to concede goals in the long run.

Lescott on the other hand has to be the most improved defender in the Premier League this term.

He is a different player, he has been City's best defender.

Strong in the air and a good reader of the game, the England internationals' performances have seen him put firmly back in Fabio Capello's sights.

The other two options City have are quite at the level required to challenge for the Premiership.

Kolo Toure looks like a player who has been out of the game for a long time. He is slow and looks like a shell of the player he once was.

January may be the perfect time for the Ivorian to look for a new challenge.

The former skipper can still do a job for a number of sides within the Premier League.

The other, Stefan Savic, is not quite ready as he isn't experienced enough to get into the current City side.

The Montenegran international is a highly talented defender.

He has the composure and the talent to be a success for City in the future, but at the time being a loan move would benefit Savic.

He needs first team football on a regular basis, and that just isn't going to happen at City.

So when you take a closer look at things, there is definitely room for Roberto Mancini to add to his back line for the second half of this season.