In sealing a top-four finish and qualifying for next year’s Champions League this season, Manchester City have seemingly seen out what has been a solid, yet slightly incomplete and somewhat flat league campaign.
The Sky Blues may look well placed going into the 2015/16 season this summer, but as their performances out on the pitch have publically failed to land any form of silverware this term, question marks have inevitably been raised over where this club is heading in the not too distant future.
Yes it remains wishful thinking to expect your side to win trophies with every passing season, but with the amount of cash splashed out by the Manchester City boardroom staff in recent seasons, the Etihad faithful do have reason to want more from their team in the new season.
In light of such a notion then, with everything seemingly currently up in the air for the Citizens come the end of the 2014/15 campaign, just what comes next for Manuel Pellegrini’s star-studded side?
Will this be a summer of rebuilding for the future, or will Man City simply continue with their current batch of players in the hope for better fortunes next term?
Well for one thing, if the former Premier League champions are to make any strong progress off the pitch throughout the next few months, then a final decision must be made on whether or not Pellegrini will remain in place next season. If someone with more promising managerial credentials – such as Jurgen Klopp say – were to specifically make himself available for the job next year then fine, but if not, the Chilean boss must simply stay on and continue to build at the Etihad.
With that in mind, Manchester City must also work out how they want their team to be modelled going into the new campaign. Despite proving successful domestically in the past, this current batch of City stars have so far failed dramatically in the Champions League and not shown the level of quality that their hefty price tags would elude to.
The likes of Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Edin Dzeko may therefore have to be moved on to pave the way for something brighter at the Etihad next season. Yes, they have served the club well acting as the spine of the team in the past, but as nothing last forever in the short term memory of modern day football life, such departures will inevitably have to take place sooner or later.
There has also been talk that Manuel Pellegrini will go for a more British look throughout the course of next term to spruce things up within his current squad. Both Jack Wilshere and Aaron Cresswell have been subsequently linked to Manchester City in recent months, but unless the Citizens can offer such players guaranteed first team action next term, such a venture would largely be a pointless one.
Wherever City’s endeavours take them this summer, some serious new recruitment seems to be in order considering the aging nature of Pellegrini’s current squad. As teams with such notoriously wealthy backers are able to operate from a strong financial position in the transfer market however, such an ordeal really can’t come as much of an issue for the Premier League club.
The Manchester City chairman seemingly have money to burn after all – and with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Mauro Icardi and Roberto Firmino all reported to be serious transfer targets for the Sky Blues come the end of the season – next year we truly could be witnessing a different City outfit all together.
The club simply need to make dramatic progress if they are ever going to stop Chelsea from dominating English football, or let rivals Manchester United creep up in their place. They won’t achieve such a goal by spending ridiculous amounts of cash on the likes of Fernandinho though – that particular habit will have to come to an end.
If Manuel Pellegini’s side continue to fail in the Champions League next season however, Manchester City will invariably end up back at square one with the same old questions being raised once more.
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