It’s a strong opinion but I firmly do believe it. Manchester City will break into the top four next season if they complete the signing of Carlos Tevez.
No matter who you support, there’s no denying that Mark Hughes is building a strong side well capable of challenging right at the top of the Premier League table. The signings of Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz certainly make City a stronger team and if /when the world’s richest club sign Tevez, there’s no doubt in my mind that Manchester City will finish in the top four.
In every department, City look strong. In goals, they have one of, if not the best keeper in the league in Shay Given. They’re defence looks solid with the likes of Vincent Kompany and Wayne Bridge likely to feature. Hughes has an abundance of quality midfield players to chose from next season with Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong, Michael Johnson, Stephen Ireland and Elano all vying for two spots.
Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips on either wing with Santa Cruz and Tevez up front, City should, on paper, be scoring a hell of a lot goals. The biggest critiscim placed on City last season was their inability to win on the road, however, I personally feel their away form will no doubt improve with quality additions likes Tevez, Santa Cruz and Barry.
So who will City replace in the top four?
Well the obvious answer to that would be Arsenal. As of now, Arsene Wenger has failed to add any real quality to the Arsenal squad during the summer transfer window. In my opinion, the signing of Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax earlier this summer, doesn’t really make Arsenal a better side and as a result, I think Arsenal will be the side to miss out on a Champions League place next season.