This coming season, no EPL team is under more pressure than Manchester City. Now the richest football club in the world, City have already signed £90 million worth of new players this summer and show no intention of ending their spending spree. With an attacking unit that now boasts Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz, as well as returning players Robinho, Steven Ireland, Elano, and Shaun Wright-Phillips, City may very well have the strongest offense in England. However, after a disappointing campaign last year, during which manager Mark Hughes failed to meet high expectations, Manchester City need a successful 2009-2010 season to justify their big spending.
While imitating the Real Madrid Los Galacticos method of signing big name offensive players finds Man City in a promising situation, their squad lacks defense, something that could be a major problem this coming season. With Richard Dunne suffering a recent decline in form, Wayne Bridge and Micah Richards seem to be the only legitimate defenders on the City roster. And it seems that John Terry does not fancy a move to the Eastlands as recent reports indicated, leaving Manchester City in desperate need of another defender.
Ultimately, Manchester City ownership would like to see their team break into the EPLs “Big Four.” And with Arsenal in a funk in recent years, now may be the time to do so. After underperforming last season, only managing a tenth place finish, City fans are expecting a huge turnaround, one many deem too difficult to accomplish in such a short time frame. Now, as the most threatening contender to disrupt England’s “Big Four,” this coming season, Manchester City will show whether or not they can live up to the enormous expectations they have built for themselves.