The following four signings were signed for a total of £90 million with very little return.
Fernandinho was signed for a huge £30 million. He was meant to come in as a top class midfielder to partner Yaya Toure and help City dominate against Europe’s top clubs. Unfortunately it hasn’t really happened. Whilst he has had some good games, he’s never looked like a world beater or player who can justify that huge price tag. For the money spent the team should have a top midfield but at 30 years old now he has very little sell on value. Fernandinho was terrible against Spurs’ inexperienced midfield. Not good enough.
2) Wilfred Bony
For £28 million 13 appearances and two goals is a very bad return. Bony was meant to take some pressure off of Sergio Aguero following the signing of a number of dud forwards. Bony had a great record at Swansea but the step up appears to be too much for him. He lacks the technical prowess to get involved in the build up play at City and really step in for Aguero. In the 4-2-2-2 formation he hasn’t done well as a partner for Aguero. Bony just doesn’t look like he’ll ever emerge as a top striker and City always look far weaker without Aguero.
3) Eliaquim Mangala
£42 million should get you a stellar defender. With Mangala it hasn’t. When Vincent Kompany isn’t in the team the defence is terrible. Mangala has struggled to make any impact and it’s unlikely the club will even get half the money they spent on him back if they do opt to sell him. Last season he even lost his place to Martin Demichelis who was signed as a squad player, rather than an instant impact man. Mangala has a big season ahead of him but the signing of Otamendi for £32 million implies that he doesn’t have a direct future at the club. Money poorly spent.
4) Alvaro Negredo
City have spent terribly on strikes in recent seasons and Negredo is a key example of this. Signed for £20 million he didn’t make much impact and was later loaned out. In a lot of ways he is typical of the signings like Bony and Jovetic that just haven’t worked out. A lot of money spent on forwards and nobody capable of replacing Aguero or even helping him out effectively. Somehow the club made a profit on Negredo, who whilst not awful, again signals the poor transfer strategy of the club.