“Put the chequebook away we’re just fine!”
Mark Hughes has warned Manchester City fans against expecting many new arrivals in the January transfer window.
The Eastlands boss is satisfied with his team’s progress so far this season as they make the journey to the West Midlands to take on Birmingham City on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1, with the chance to jump back into a top-four place.
With money no object to mega-rich City, another hefty spree in the market was believed to be in the pipeline at the start of the New Year.
But Hughes has guarded against building up the same kind of numbers he did in previous windows, although he hinted that he could be tempted into dipping into the January sales if a marquee signing became available.
“We had to go to the market in January this year and we bought really well,” said Hughes in The People, who brought in the likes of Shay Given, Craig Bellamy, Nigel de Jong and Wayne Bridge 10 months ago.
“But other times you can make mistakes and you don’t get value for money.
“We look strong so it would have to be a good player to come in, in January and have an impact and be better than what we’ve got.” (Sky Sports)
Well this does make sense. Having lost just one of their first ten league games this season and with the club being in touching distance of the pacesetters there doesn’t seem an urgent need to splash the cash this January.
Having solidified the back four, only Villa and Chelsea have conceded less, and scoring goals at the other end it seems the club only needs a few more top notch replacements in case of injury, perhaps most notably in the centre of defence, but other than that they seem to be pushing on in the right direction, but then having spent the kind of cash that they have they would have expected nothing less.