Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey says that Man City's new acquisitions show that Mark Hughes' men mean business next season.
Mark Hughes has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson's criticisms and remained defiant that he does not have to justify Manchester City's huge spending spree this summer.
With Roque Santa Cruz, Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez already at the club, and Emmanuel Adebayor and John Terry potentially joining them, Man City have really caught the eye by splashing the cash this summer.
Genuine chasing of world class players such as Kaka and Sam Eto'o showed the footballing world that they mean business and, with Sparky in fighting mood, 2009/10 looks like a season in which City may fulfil their new-found potential.
Ferguson called City's spending ‘stupid', suggesting that they are playing inflated prices, but could that just be because he is worried that Hughes' men could be putting pressure on the top four next season?
"Prices are possibly inflated for Manchester United because their valuations of players will be different to ours," said Hughes, as reported by Sky Sports.
"The worth to us of a player like Carlos Tevez's quality is possibly higher than it is to United because of their position they are in in their development.
"We paid £25million and I think that's good value given some of the transfers, namely Ronaldo to Madrid.
"The market is quite warm to say the least! We are just trying to do the best for our club. To get good players we have to spend money.
"We haven't had the benefit of Champions League money over a long period and we haven't had the success to generate the large amounts of money.
"We are trying to be successful and, to do that, we have to spend money."
Surely it is time to stop the petty criticisms and accept that City have made good sensible progress this summer in the transfer market.
Shay Given provides a solid base on which the defenders, the only real part of the team that needs improvement, can develop.
The midfield is looking strong – Gareth Barry dictating things in the middle of the park will add a sensibility and drive that has been missing in previous seasons – and the numerous attacking options will cause Hughes to have sleepless nights in the run up to the big kick off.
Questions may be asked about the way in which they are building their squad but the modern game is brutal. Frankly, if you stand still you get overtaken and City were lucky to get investment when they did in order for them to push on.
Critics at other clubs will no doubt speak up as the season nears but you can be sure that is because they are nervous.
For opposition managers looking on it is squeaky bum time already, but you can bet that their summer spree has not yet ended.
Who is your pick for the 2009/10 Premier League season?
Bluesq Betting go a best-price of 14/1 on Mark Hughes' Manchester City to lift the crown following a summer of big spending.