columnist Rob Facey wonders whether Mark Hughes' calls for more experience in the Man City
squad is the best way for the team to move forward, or the best way for him to
hang on to his job?
Hughes has suggested that his Man City team are a bit too young to finish off
matches at the moment and will ask for more money to spend in the January
just shows that the expectations are now sky high at City, with Hughes
scrambling around for excuses after a recent slump in form.
But is chasing more mature and
experienced players the way forward? Is this the right policy for Hughes
and Man City?
"In the November break there will be a chance to
go over and put our plans and needs to the Abu Dhabi group," Hughes said, as reported in the Daily Mail.
"We hope we will be able to spend in January.
"We will get better, but we are still a team with
obvious frailties and we will work to address them when the window opens.
"What we need is that consistent level of
performance and resoluteness to be able to see games out and take something
positive from every game.
"At the moment we are struggling on that point, but
we are a young team in terms of experience and development."
The club are going through a sticky patch, losing ground in
the Premier League and dumped out of the Carling Cup, but should they be looking
to old pros just to salvage this season, or should they be preparing for the
Given the talent that has come out of Manchester in recent
years, should the club be careful not to ignore their youth policy?
Micah Richards, Michael Johnson and Shawn Wright-Phillips
are just some examples of Man City youngsters that have gone on to make the
grade, so why is Hughes so keen to sign older stars?
Clearly their experience will help the squad, but is the
manager starting to fear for his job and this is why he is chasing instant