Hit or miss Manchester Citys summer signings

Last updated : 26 January 2016 By DSG

Jose MourinhoÂ’s Chelsea ran away with the league last season leaving Manchester City in second place; eight points behind the eventual winners

City knew that reinforcements were needed in order to challenge again next season.

Following Chelsea’s dominance, City responded by spending £126m on new arrivals to the Etihad Stadium at an average age of 21.6

The squad was revamped and bit part players such as Matija Nastasic, Karim Rekik and Alvaro Negredo were allowed to leave the club

Both Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic left the club on loan as City looked to bolster their forward line.How have their recruits fared so far?

Kevin De Bruyne - £52m from Wolfsburg

City made headlines in the summer when announcing the signing of Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne for a mammoth £52m from Wolfsburg which made him the second most expensive player in British transfer history

It was not De BruyneÂ’s first stint in England following a largely unsuccessful stint at Stamford Bridge

De Bruyne has hit the ground running and has already established himself as a firm favourite at the Etihad

He has slotted in to the attack effortlessly and has started to create a link up with CityÂ’s other creative talent such as David Silva

The 24 year old ended 2015 as the player with the most assists of any player in the calendar year

Thanks to his form with Wolfsburg and his performances in Manchester, he finished the year on 28 league assists

His best years are ahead of him and if he can pick up his away form, it will make ChelseaÂ’s judgement to sell him look even sillier


Raheem Sterling - £50m from Liverpool

Raheem Sterling made no secret of his desire to leave Anfield in search of Champions League football and City were the first club to pounce; splashing £50m to secure the winger’s services

Sterling is one the most promising young English players and following the significant £5.1bn television deal, the transfer fee did not raise many eyebrows.

Despite being booed at almost every away ground this season, with a trip to Anfield still to come, the 21 year old has endured a mixed season so far at City

Ineffective displays have been followed by moments of brilliance

With Sterling still adapting to life at City, Aguero returning to full fitness, it is natural for Sterling to face struggles

There is plenty of time for the England international to make his mark at the Etihad and return to his best form.


Nicolas Otamendi - £31m from Valencia

CityÂ’s move for Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi was another attempt to solve their centre back conundrum

Other than skipper Vincent Kompany, City have lacked a real leader in defence

The £40m fee paid for Eliaquim Mangala has proved a colossal waste of money and the Frenchman was offered as a makeweight in any deal for the Argentine

Otamendi did not have the easiest start to life in Manchester as injuries forced Manuel Pellegrini into rotating his backline

The 27 year old has took his place alongside Martin Demichelis and Mangala this season and has endured a mixed performance thus far

Some excellent displays have been overshadowed by some kamikaze defending which has put his side in danger

In order for his move to be successful, Otamendi needs a stable partner in the shape of Kompany or another well performing centre back

If allowed the time to settle next to a consistent partner, Otamendi can be the answer to CityÂ’s problems.

VERDICT: The juryÂ’s out

Fabian Delph - £8m from Aston Villa

Fabian Delph received heavy criticism following his move to Manchester City from relegation threatened Aston Villa

People thought that Delph simply wasnÂ’t good enough and would not receive first team football due to the strength of CityÂ’s squad

However, Delph has become one of CityÂ’s most important players by adding stamina, work-rate and hard work in the CitizenÂ’s midfield

The £8m price tag has proven to be a steal especially for an English midfielder with a vast amount of Premier League experience.

The key for Delph is consistency and if Pellegrini rewards his impressive form with a permanent spot in the starting eleven, the 25 year old should set his sights on landing a ticket to France for Euro 2016


Patrick Robert - £5m from Fulham

Patrick Roberts was regarded as a signing for the future after impressing with Championship side Fulham and at youth level with England

Roberts was signed for a £5m initial fee which could potential rise to £11m.

However, opportunities have been limited in a blue shirt and the youngster has just three substitute appearances since his summer move

Rumours have surfaced regarding interest from Bournemouth and a loan move is probably the best move.

He has simply not played enough to judge


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Source : DSG

Source: DSG