themby2.jpgBy Thembinkosi Mangena


After engaging in a money spending spree since the 2009/10 season, Manchester City seems determined to buy all the players in the world.


With the team’s purchase of Carlos Tevez from bitter rivals Manchester United and the Arsenal duo of Kolo Toure and Emanuel Adebayour among other top class players, Manchester City have not given up on their chase of big names.


They recently acquired the services of Ivorian star midfielder, Yaya Toure from Barcelona in a contract the will see the African become the highest paid player in the English Premiership.


Other new acquisitions include Lazio left back Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva from Valencia.


City are reportedly interested in bringing in Landon Donovan, Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan, Fernando Torres from Liverpool and

Raul Gonzalez from Real Madrid.


Reports also suggest that City are good admirers of Chelsea star, Didier Drogba.


The question now is: will City manage to make all these stars play? Will they manage to finish within the top four next season in order to book a place in the UEFA Champions League?


I personally think that Man City are too ambitious a club, wanting to become overnight champions by winning every trophy ranging from the Premier League to the Champions League.


All successful teams have had to build a strong team over time and not rely on buying all big names.


Maybe only Real Madrid managed that during the time of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, David Beckham and Claude Makelele among others.


man city players.jpgA team needs good players – I agree, but I believe a winning team will not have over 20 best players in the world.


Having a star-studded team will make it difficult for the Coach to choose the first eleven players.


City Manager, Roberto Mancini is most likely to face that dilemma and I see City destined to become an underachiever.


With all this bulk of players at his disposal, Mancini is already under pressure to perform and if he fails, he will be shown the exit door sooner than later.


The club owners will only say, ‘Look man, we have given you all the resources so that you win us trophies and if you can’t, you better go back to Italy’.


This is more likely to happen within the first ten games of the premiership.


Who thought such a good manager like Mark Hughes would be fired from City?


In my view, the Hughes tragedy will very soon befall Mancini.


In addition to this, we are poised to see stars, who have been commanding regular jerseys at their previous teams relegated to bench warmers.


Robinho for instance, a Brazilian star capable of playing in every league in the world, was last season denied enough play time until he was loaned back to Santos in Brazil.


So to sum it up, City are a too ambitious club, will have to wait again, maybe for a couple of seasons to win the league and the Champions league and will force many good players into early retirement by relegating them to the bench.


The 2010/11 Manchester City line-up
David Gonzales, Shay Given, Joe Hart, Gunnar Nielsen, Stuart Taylor 
Dedryck Boyata, Greg Cunningham, Javan Vidal, Jerome Boateng, Joleon Lescott, Wayne Bridge, Javier Garrido, Shaleum Logan, Nedum Onuoha, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta 
Abdisalam  Ibrahim, Adam Johnson, David Silva, Gareth Barry, Patrick  Vieira, Yaya Toure, Nigel de Jong, Kelvin Etuhu,  Stephen Ireland, Michael Johnson,  Vincent Kompany,  Vladimir Weiss, Shaun Wright-Phillips
Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Felipe Caicedo, Jô,  Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely, Robinho, Roque Santa Cruz,Carlos Tevez



The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent those of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.