After a month of transfer activities, the 2015 English Premier League summer transfer window was officially shut at about 6pm yesterday evening.
With a number of imports majorly from the German Bundesliga, Spainish La liga, Dutch Eredivisie and French Ligue 1, which club do you think was the most strategic with its recruitment?
On the strength of their transfer deals and going by their form after matchday 4, the team from the blue side of Manchester are the team to beat.
Manchester City seem to have the EPL wrapped up, even though we would all agree that it is early days. But the eventual winners of the premiership in the just concluded season, started in a similar fashion, blowing everyone away and looking really menacing whenever they were on the field of play.
City seem to have started even better, scoring 10 goals in their first 4 games and conceding none. They have looked assuring and confident. They have injected some pace and creativity in the attack, strengthened the midfield and defence and the ever reliable Yaya Toure who was a shadow of himself last season, seems to be back in form.
Let’s take a good look at what the major recruits have to offer.
When Liverpool placed an alarming £50m price tag on Raheem Sterling, everyone was shocjked and disagreed vehemently with the valuation. That opinion has not changed but, City needed to inject fresh blood and also needed to meet up with English player quota requirement. Liverpool knew they were desperate and wouldn’t bulge, despite City’s attempts to pay way below the named price.
In the end, City coughed up £49m to get the signature of the young English man. Though he is not worth that much, Sterling will be a serious counter-attacking threat for Man City. He’s got pace, can confidently take on defenders, he has some good piece of skill on him and can also be very dangerous in and around the box.
This will be vital for City whenever they are on the attack.
Second on the list is Fabian Delph, another young English talent. Delph is an attacking midfield talent who will be more of a squad player at the Ethiad outfit, though he also fills the home grown quota requirement for City.
For a squad player, the former Villa captain is very pacey, decisive and strong on the ball. When injuries or cup games being to roll in, he will be a capable replacement for some of the big boys.
Otamendi, was arguably the best defender in the Spanish la liga last season and how Chelsea never went in for him despite him being linked to United all summer, still baffles me. Considering Chelsea’s early defensive woes, one would think that Mourinho will throw in the bid for the Argentine but, they kept on with John Stones to a fruitless end.
Otamendi is a solid centre-back and alongside Vincent Kompany, with the form he has shown early this season, will be a one of the best centre-back pairings in Europe this season. He is good in the air, strong on the ground and reads the game well. The book makers have also predicted that he will be a great bargain for the former English champions. Otamendi was signed for about £34m.
The 2015 summer transfer story of City will not be complete without talking about their record signing who is on his second journey to England. But this time, to prove a point. His name is Kevin De Bruyne.
De Bruyne was sold off to Wolfsburg by Chelsea in 2014 January transfer window after he refused to pin down a starting place in the side. But, he went on to do greater things at Wolfsburg after he led them to win the DFB Pokal and come second in the Bundesliga last season, hence pinning down a champions league spot. He also recorded the highest number of assists in the top 5 European leagues last season.
He cost City a whooping sum of 53m pounds.
The Belgian international has improved his game drastically and will definitely be another deadly weapon in the hands of City coach, Manuel Pellegrini.
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