Looking at the points dropped last season by Manchester City, part of it was due to lapses in concentration in between the sticks. City will need to keep pressure on Joe Hart to prevent complacency coming into his game and they have signed Willy Caballero from Malaga to do just that. Caballero is a decent shot-stopper and at 32 years old is full of experience; he should provide tough competition for the England Goalkeeper and may get a substantial number of appearances.
Manchester City may have conceded just 37 goals in the league last term but their defence was near from perfect and is arguably their weakest area as City lost points due to costly, individual defensive errors. Their defence when marshalled by their captain Vincent Kompany is a solid unit, without him however it appears to be another story, cracks begin to appear, players fall out of position and goals are inevitably conceded. Martin Demichelis improved dramatically as the season progressed however the Argentine does not have youth on his side and his lack of pace at times can leave City exposed. Manuel Pellegrini does not appear to have faith in the young Matija Nastasić, nor does he have faith in the versatile Micah Richards, rumours continue to circulate that these players will be offloaded this summer.
To provide further stability in the centre of defence a deal has been finalised for highly rated Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala. The £32million man will be a likely starter and Martin Demichelis will act as suitable cover if Kompany picks up an injury. Bacary Sagna has also been signed on a free transfer from Arsenal to provide another option at right back should Zabaleta dip in form.
Overall, City fans can be satisfied with their clubs transfer activities this summer. The club have bolstered their team suitably. The one issue they suffer from however a bloated centre midfield. The signings of Fernando from Porto and Frank Lampard on loan from New York FC will give Manchester City plenty of options but it may also leave them with a few unhappy stars left outside of the match day squad, a problem which will provide a stern test to Manuel Pellegrini’s management abilities.