Manchester City & The Big Four

The cross-Manchester transfer of Carlos Tevez continues a summer of insane spending by the blue half of the city. It’s not necessarily over yet, either. They remain on the tail of John Terry and are also in talks with Emmanuel Adebayor. At a time during which the more established clubs above them in the table seem to be standing still in the transfer market, it’s not unreasonable now to argue that Manchester City pose a very real and present threat to one of the Champions League Four, though whether their behaviour in the transfer market is a good thing football remains much more questionable. Indeed, it could be argued that their recent tendency to throw money about like confetti is, at a time like this, obscene. Over the last few months, a bewildering array of players have arrived (or, in the case of Shaun Wright-Philips, returned) to the City of Manchester Stadium. There remain weaknesses in their team, most notably at the centre of their defence, although this is being obviously addressed in their pursuit of John Terry and Everton’s Joleon Lescott. On the whole, though, for all of the talk of madness surrounding the club, their recent signings have, broadly speaking, made sense. Shay Given is one of the Premier League’s better goalkeepers. Carlos Tevez has proved himself at West Ham United and Manchester United, as well as...

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