It hasn’t exactly been the best of starts for Manchester City this season after being dumped out of the league cup, a cruel defeat in Madrid and a worryingly leaky defence costing them a couple of points in the league.
Mancini and his side are beginning to look strained with the weight of expectation that comes with being Premier League champions and the Italians outbursts are a sign that the pressure is getting to him.
However the City boss will be hoping the January transfer window will give him the chance to reinvigorate his side with the signing of Sampdoria superstar Pedro Obiang.
Wednesday’s lucky escape at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League was another indicator that City are struggling for form and Obiang could be the kind of player that can inject some youthful enthusiasm into the midfield and get the sky blues firing again.
At just 20 the Spaniard has already made a big impact in the Sampdoria side that regained their top flight status last season and the Serie A team could now be willing to cash in on the promising midfielder.
Sampdoria have said that if a large offer is submitted then Obiang will be allowed to leave the club which is good news for Manchester City as he could become a real force in the midfield.
He’s a strong and physical midfield player that has good touch and technique honed from his upbringing in Spain, so Mancini would certainly be getting a quality player with potential to grow into powerhouse of the midfield.
Although Man City already have plenty in the midfield department to choose from, Obiang brings them something different, a bit more steel in covering the back four and physical edge that will suit the Premier League.
Being just 20 years of age aswell, Obiang would be a continuation of City’s recent transfer trends of buying younger players for the future such as Rodwell, Sinclair and Nastasic as they prepare for the impending Financial Fair Play rulings.
Perhaps signing yet another midfielder shows signs of desperation on Mancini’s behalf as he attempts to cling on to the Premier League crown but Obiang looks like a genuinely good player that could become a star for the future.
However though, for now I think Mancini needs to start looking at his defence before trying to improve any other areas in the team.