As things stand, Manchester City sit in the bottom three of the Premier League. This is hardly where their new owners expected them to be as we approached the end of the year and there is no doubt that Mark Hughes is under pressure to deliver the goods in the second half of the season.
The saving grace for Manchester City and Hughes could be that they are able to spend a lot of money during the January transfer window. They are going to be able to tempt some of the best players around to come and join them because of their huge new found wealth.
The problem with this is that they are struggling so much in the league, are they going to be able to tempt the players that they want into joining them? Yes, they can guarantee them a high wage, but they can’t actually guarantee them Premier League football next season.
Take Robinho for example. The Brazilian signed on transfer deadline day in the summer and as much as he was ‘signing blind’ for his new team, I doubt he would have joined if he knew that a relegation battle was going to be on the cards. The same applies now for Manchester City’s future transfer targets.
Speaking about the possibility of City’s league position affecting their ability to sign high quality players, Hughes claimed that ‘most people in football will understand’ that things take time to work for a new team, new owners and a new manager.
The Manchester City boss then went on to say that he was certain he and his team ‘will turn it around’ and that upon signing new players next month, there will be an ‘upturn in fortunes’. These are very positive comments from someone who is supposedly under pressure to keep his job aren’t they?
It has to be said though that Hughes has contradicted himself somewhat. He admitted that it takes a new set of players time to perform to the required standard, but then he claimed that his new January signings will turn things around straight away. I guess he is just hopeful that the high standard of players will have an immediate impact.
Hughes finished by saying that he didn’t accept the fact that his team had a relegation battle on their hands because their situation can be turned around ‘very, very quickly’. Should the Citizens fail to get results from their next two games though – against Hull and Blackburn – they will be well and truly cemented in the bottom three and the football odds may start suggest they can be relegated.
Which players are going to want to join a team in this predicament? I suppose they are hoping that money talks.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting