The Doc’s Prescription - An Abundance of Riches at Man City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 31, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Man City  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 31, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Man City Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
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Can you have too much of a good thing?

That must be the subject of current debate between Manchester City’s owners and their team boss, Roberto Mancini.

Over the summer the Italian has been making noises - quite publicly on occasions - about strengthening his squad with some quality new signings, but he has added just one, Jack Rodwell from Everton for a £15 million fee.

Despite the player’s expensive price tag, the manager has made it clear that Rodwell is “one of the future” so he still has yet to add “big name signings” despite the transfer deals secured by both Manchester United and Chelsea.

Add to Mancini’s frustration is the fact that his primary target, Robin Van Persie, has signed for his arch rivals and fellow Premiership pretenders, Manchester United!

But it would be really interesting to know the thinking behind the owners’ decision not to sign any more big name players for the current campaign.

I don’t think it’s a case of tightening the purse strings at the moment, but I’m not totally convinced of City’s overall ability as a team. I still believe they need another powerful centre-back and despite their undoubted skill up front, they don’t have a player with electrifying pace.

Still, most managers would be content with the squad at Mancini’s disposal and most bookmakers have the men from Eastlands as clear-cut favourite to retain their Premiership title.

Me, I’m not totally convinced but for sure everyone believes Manchester City remain the team to beat!