Premier League Preview – Manchester City

Manchester CityThe sight of Manuel Pellegrini prowling the technical box, as opposed to Roberto Mancini in his blue and white scarf, will take a few games for City fans to get used to.

As usual at the Etihad though, the transfer window has seen a great deal of investment in the playing squad.

How Pellegrini gets the four new attackers integrated with the team he has inherited will be interesting to see.

If he gets it right, they could well be in title contention, and might even progress pass the group stages of the Champions League.

Players in: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk) £30m, Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina) £22m, Jesus Navas (Sevilla) £14.9m, Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla) £20m.

Players out: Wayne Bridge (Reading) Free, Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) Undisclosed, Maicon (Roma) Undisclosed, Filippo Mancini (Released), Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) Free, Karim Rekik (PSV Eindhoven) Loan, Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga) Free, Carlos Tevez (Juventus) £12m, Kolo Toure (Liverpool) Free, Reece Wabara (Doncaster) Loan.

Player to watch: Edin Dzeko – Pellegrini has already stated he likes the forward Mancini preferred to use off the bench. And the Bosnian’s four goals in pre-season suggest he is raring to go in the Premier League, where there is no doubt he has the ability to score regularly.

Young player to watch: Stevan Jovetic – the 23-year-old was signed for £22million and was courted by a host of other European clubs before he decided to move to Manchester. He scored 13 goals in 34 games for Fiorentina last season, which is roughly a goal every three games. Should the Montenegrin find his feet in the Premier League he could certainly be starting games for City and he could certainly be causing problems for opponents.

Player needing to improve: Micah Richards – the powerful defender has undoubted ability. It is more his ability to stay injury-free that needs improving. If he can, he will provide great competition for Pablo Zabaleta and may even have the opportunity to move into the heart of City’s defence.

Season prediction: 2nd

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