There was an air of spoilt child as Roberto Mancini bemoaned the clubs lack of signings recently. It seemed similar to an episode of South Park from season one when Cartman throws a hissy fit about receiving a gift from Kyle that he hadn’t specifically requested.
Along with his, perhaps accidental, shot at Everton when he said of Rodwell “now for the first time he is at a club that plays to win” insinuating that Everton is a selling club, Mancini looks to have an air of entitlement to him now and it doesn’t suit.
Even with all this slightly sulky behaviour about a lack of signings Daniele De Rossi will be making a decision on his future tomorrow, according to the Daily Star, which will mean the Italian could be about to join Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, Nigel De Jong, James Milner and new boy Jack Rodwell in competition for the centre of midfield.
If he decides against it then Athletic Bilbao midfielder, Javi Martinez, will become the new target after his move to Bayern Munich appears to have fallen through. With all the talent in that position available to Mancini you may be wondering why he is desperate to buy another one. Well the answer for that is that both these players can play either in defensive midfield or as a centre back. This would allow cover for Kompany and Lescott as Stefan Savic looks as out of his depth at City as Eric Djemba-Djemba did at another Manchester club.
If any thing the De Rossi transfer saga looks to be one that City are planning just to keep Mancini happy. I’ve heard and read of many stories about him threatening to quit on almost a monthly basis at Inter Milan if something didn’t go his way and City would be looking to avoid the potential media storm by giving him what he wants.
De Rossi would be a major coup for City as he seems to have Roma flowing through his veins. He also showed in the Euro’s that his versatility is a quality you can add to positioning, leadership and sheer brute strength. The Italian could form a formidable partnership with Yaya Toure making City almost impenetrable through the middle. This would allow City a more anticipated defensive strategy as the wings would be the easiest way for a team to break them down thus taking away a teams element of surprise, often a cherished factor against teams of high quality.
Javi Martinez wouldn’t be as significant in terms of what the transfer says about the clubs ambitions but he was one of the stand out performers for the aesthetics favourite team from 2011-12, Athletic Bilbao. His power and technical ability make him a similar mould as Vincent Kompany and is happy in midfielder covering the defence or in the heart dictating the play. Either Martinez or De Rossi would enhance City’s already stellar line up and with Adam Johnson rumoured to be leaving soon the financial fair play wouldn’t be a worry.
So like the Cartman in South Park, Mancini only has to whinge his version of the fat little boy’s “But maaaaaaaaam” and get what he want’s for now but if a lack of success in Europe haunts Mancini like it did at Inter, it won’t be long till Mancini is screaming “Respect my authoritaay!”.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!