Man City need to invest better

Manchester City is going about things the wrong way. They won the Premier League last season so it’s difficult to criticize a team that’s been lifted from the shadows to become one of the biggest clubs in Europe but there are things that need to be addressed.

This season has been more challenging for Man City. They’ve had to fight for every point this season and despite having every star player in their squad, they’ve still dropped some crucial points along the way. Now, money has played a huge part in City’s progress over the years but I can’t help but feel that all that cash has been spent unwisely.

Man City has a wonderful opportunity to take the club into greatness for the next 10, 20 or even 100 years and yet they haven’t done anything to ensure that. Sure, they won the League last season but they’ve invested very little in their youth. They’ve spent millions on players but only a very small fraction on developing a successful youth academy. You could say to me that Man City has no need to develop a youth academy because they can buy any player they see fit but what happens after the money goes?

If Man City lost all its money today, how many of their current squad would stay with the team? Sure, in modern football loyalties lie where the money is but Man City could develop a youth system that gets integrated into the first team. In that way, not every problem in position has to be sought out through spending. If you look at things now, how many youth players are learning from the current squad? How many young talents are slipping away from right under City’s grasp because of their immediate solution to resolve problems through money?

City need to be competitive now, and I can understand that but they also need to look to the future. I think a balance should be met through winning every competition because they can buy the best players and remaining as Europe’s elite club because they’re ‘in housing’ the best talents too.

12 comments to Man City need to invest better

  • David Mugford

    The author clearly has no clue about what is going on at City. Not heard about the Etihad Campus ? £100m Academy that will be amongst the best, if not the best in the world. I can’t believe I wasted my time reading such rubbish

  • Alphabetical Order

    I’d say youth is on the agenda, see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wabNqKx8FqA&

    And two days ago Vieira said City want the majority of its players to come from the academy in future. But the infrastructure has to be in place to create a consistent flow of world class youths for a world class team.

  • Bobby Manc

    …. and the award for the most ill-informed article of 2012 goes to………… I’ll leave it to others to point you in the direction of the biggest investment in youth development ever undertaken by a football club in the history of football.

  • Andy

    Have you been living under a stone, or what? Have you not heard of the £100 million that City are investing to build an academy to rival the best academies in the world.

    To save you the strain of doing a quick search in Google, take a look at this video of a flythrough of the new academy, which has already started to be built, but you’re right – City are not investing in youth, you twonk.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wabNqKx8FqA

    Next time do a bit of research before posting. It might stop you looking like an idiot

  • Willyum

    This article sucks – Man City have followed the lead of Barcelona, Arsenal etc.
    & are scouting the whole of Europe for best talent. They have commenced building the most comprehensive football academy in the World, you need to do some research before you write articles like this!

  • Frank Lamenti

    I have to agree here. Look at Arsenal or United or any other club and see how many players are streaming through the youth academy. Over the past 3 years how many youths have managed to break into the first team? NONE! And why? Because City looks to money before their academy! End of story!

  • Drummist

    What a load of utter claptrap! You have totally ignored the £100M being spent on the new training and academy complex next to the ground and City’s appointment as a category 1 academy (United are category 2!).
    Check your facts and do some research before writing such rubbish.

  • Jim

    I have been a City fan for 30 years and I agree with you. We’ve never had a youth academy to call upon and in recent years i can’t think of one name that we can brag about! we are in the process of building a youth academy but how long will that take? Not every problem CAN be solved with money but for now it has to im afraid

  • JoshRolan

    Financial fair play will remove city from buying! the cash they have won’t last forever!

  • Kai Grobbler

    haha, i agree mate! City fans have nothing to hold onto. they only just started an academy and they’ve had money for close to 4 years now. it will take another 3 years before the acadamy is up and maybe by then they’ll run out of money. city have zero knowledege on how to bring up a successful team. they only know how to spend and they do it stupidly

  • Matalover

    man city only know how to spend nada investing in them club. they can’t win nada this season…. look how badly they do now

  • It's Grim Oop North

    Is this a wind up?

    Google Etihad Campus, and you’ll see why this entire article is the opposite of true.

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