Man City – Signings That Created A Dynasty
Written by Karan Teli
Since the infamous takeover on Transfer Deadline Day 2008, when Manchester City shocked the footballing world and spent £32.5 Million (which was a lot of money a decade ago) on then Real Madrid superstar Robinho, they let the world know that no transfer fee or price tag was going to stop them achieving success. Since then, they’ve had a fair share of failed experiments: Jo, Stefan Jovetic, Scott Sinclair, Wilfred Bony and Alvaro Negredo, to name a few.
But, 2 league titles later and on their way to a third and a potential dynasty, since the takeover, Manchester City have made some right moves. The 5 best transfers made my Manchester City since the takeover by Adu Dhabi United Group.
I was tempted to put Carlos Tevez at number 5, but Fernandinho’s longevity, along with the circumstances under Carlos Tevez left Manchester City, Fernandinho takes this spot. An unsung hero for Manchester City for many seasons now, Fernandinho does what many football fans and experts describe as ‘the dirty work’. Knowing his strengths and his role within the team, Fernandinho is key for breaking up play and kick starting attacks. His Brazilian roots also means he’s got flair in his locker, something many people in his position are lacking. All championship and great teams throughout history have had players similar to Fernandinho; Makalele, Gattuso, Keane, Busquets, Kante, all of who can be listed as unsung heroes.
4. Kevin De Bruyne
At the time of writing this, Kevin De Bruyne is the best Centre Midfielder in the world and it may remain that way for a while. The most expensive player in Manchester City history, at £55 Million, he was welcomed into Manchester City by the media brandishing him a ‘Chelsea reject’ and a ‘waste of money’. That money was anything but wasted. De Bruyne is THE star man in a Manchester City team full of stars and he is only just entering his prime. He is destined to be a Manchester City legend at this rate, and could potentially end up being the greatest signing of them all.
3. Yaya Toure
One of the best midfielders the league has ever seen. Coming from Barcelona, where he was often shifted to Centre Back because of the midfield trio Barcelona had, for a price of £27 Million, nobody knew the kind of impact Yaya Toure would have. One of the most dominant Manchester City players there was, he was also one of the main vocal leaders on the pitch. He was instrumental to Manchester City’s two league titles as one of the main members of the team’s spine. If it wasn’t for Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City and him implementing his frantic and up-tempo style of play, Yaya Toure would potentially still be a first team regular and even higher on the list.
2. David Silva
Arriving in the same transfer window as Yaya Toure, David Silva was the culture changer for Manchester City. He came with a reputation of greatness and stamped it on the very first day. Since then, over 300 appearances and 6 trophies, and still an integral part of the team, often taking the captain’s armband, David Silva’s importance to Manchester City goes beyond words, list rankings and awards.
- Sergio Aguero
Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer, one of the best strikers to ever play in the Premier League and the scorer of the goal that brought Manchester City their first ever Premier League title; Sergio Aguero is probably the greatest Manchester City player ever. He’s been the front man and main goal scorer for the team ever since his arrival. His greatness is so unmatched that even when out for extensive periods with injuries, Manchester City never used their unlimited riches to get a full time replacement. Even now, Sergio Aguero remains Manchester City’s main striker and top goal scorer, leading them, and himself, to a 3rd Premier League title.