Manchester City’s millions are starting to make waves in the Premier League. A host of new signings have arrived in the last year and City will be hoping to mount a serious title challenge next season. While the likes of Adebayor, Tevez and De Jong have proved good signings, there are a few players who haven’t quite lived up to their high profiles just yet.
At Arsenal, Kolo Toure built up a reputation as one of the best defenders in Europe. Arsene Wenger’s decision to let him go sparked much debate among football fans across the country but, after nearly a season at City, it looks like the Arsenal boss may have made a wise decision in letting him go.
Arsenal received around £14million for Toure and used part of that to sign Thomas Varmaelen. The Belgian defender has become an integral part of the team at the Emirates and looks a very good value for money. At City, Toure has looked less than solid and has come under a bit of pressure from City fans who will have hoped for a more instant impact.
It has to be said that Toure, like the rest of his team-mates, is still adjusting to a new team at City. Although money can buy talent, it can’t buy understanding. Defenders take time to form partnerships and Toure should be given time. However, with large amounts of money comes high expectation and time will not be on his side.
After dropping points at Hull and Stoke, City fans might be worried that their team is still not showing enough to challenge for the title. At times, they have looked formidable in attack, but defensive lapses have cost them valuable points this season. Mancini’s men have kept just eight clean sheets in 25 league games, and it will be something that the Italian will be looking to improve over the summer. It is doubtful that he will bring in any more defenders after the club spent over £30million on Lescott and Toure but the boss will be hoping his defenders can show that they are worth their hefty price tags.
If City are to challenge for the title next season, they will need the likes of Toure to re-capture the form he showed at Arsenal. After the manner in which previous manager Mark Hughes was dismissed, Mancini will know that a bad start next season could put him under serious pressure, and he will be relying on his senior players, including Toure, to avoid that situation.
The opinion may be split on Toure but he will be hoping that he survives the summer transfer market and is given the chance to prove himself next season.