Man City it’s fair to say won’t be winning back to back league titles. City are currently sitting in second place and 15 points adrift from local rivals and league leaders United. They have struggled in key areas this season resulting in some poor performances and shocking results. There just seems to be to many players who are A) not good enough for the club B) just don’t put in a proper shift and are happy to give less than 100 percent or C) have just become frustrated with lack of playing opportunities.
City need a shake up within their ranks to try and whittle down the astronomical wage bill and also to weed out any players who are not living up to thier valuation. They need to do this not only to try and reclaim their league title but also to comply with the new financial fair play rule. Here are 5 players who could well be walking out of the Etihad in the summer.
Edin Dezko = Could
Edin has been one of City’s top scorers so far this season and this feat is even better, considering he has come on as a substitute for more than half of his appearances this season. The 6”5 former Wolfsburg hit man could see his time on the field cut further when City have a fully fit Sergio Aguero. Dezko has been linked with a possible move back to Germany with Bourissa Dortmund named as a club who are keeping tabs on him. Could he be a replacement for a departing Robert Lewondowski?
Samir Nasri = Could
Since leaving Arsenal to join City, Nasri has been somewhat of an enigma. He has yet to show the same form as he showed in his tenure at Arsenal and his first season at City. His performances this season have been described by some as 'lacklustre'. He has gone from being an integral part of Man City’s league winning team to losing his place in their starting eleven. Was his decision to leave Arsenal and join City the right choice? It seems Nasri and City boss Mancini have had there ups and downs in recent weeks leading to some comical stories in the tabloids. It seems he may be on the move again, this time back to France. Mega Rich PSG have been named as potential suitors.
Scott Sinclair = Should
Why Scott Sinclair left Swansea on deadline day only Sinclair himself can answer that question. He was part of a Swansea team that was playing attractive football and he was a major force within the team so the decision to leave left many people bewildered. His move to City hasn’t really paid off as he has only managed 8 appearances. And while he has been keeping the bench warm, his former teammates have lifted the League Cup. Even with three years left on his current deal I can see City offloading him to make room for new signings.
Joleon Lescott = Should
With the 2014 World Cup just over a year away, the only way Lescott will play a key role for England if they qualify, is if he leaves Manchester City at the end of this season. The solid partnership he once had with Captain Vincent Kompany last season was one of the best defensive partnerships seen since the likes of, Terry and Carvalho, or Ferdinand and Vidic before all the injuries and Twitter rants. This season though, their partnership has been indifferent at best and they have leaked goals left right and centre which has resulted in them losing ground on fellow rivals United in a bid to retain their title. Mancini has tried different combinations of centre back pairings and it seems he is now content on Kompany and young Matija Nastasic. So with this in mind, we could possibly see Lescott being sold at a cut price and maybe a potential move away from the Etihad.
Carlos Tevez = Could
How can Tevez hate playing for a club so much that he randomly leaves and tells the clubs hierarchy that he is never going to play for them again? How can a Mancini say "that as long as he is at the club, Tevez will never play for him again". This was the amazing Tevez saga last season that had gripped the football world! Yet here we are a year on on and Mancini is still manager and Tevez is still playing for City, but for how long? Tevez is still home sick and misses his native Argentina, and with recent run in with the laws due to his driving antics could there be a possible move back to Boca? Maybe, but I still think that he would still find it difficult to resist the lure of say a team like Real Madrid, Barcelona or say PSG, no matter how home sick he is!