City have bought well over the summer but with that comes extra pressure because plenty of people will already be viewing Manuel Pellegrini’s team as favourites for the Premier League title.
It was always going to be very important for City that any debutants hit the ground running and the good news is that the fresh faces which did appear all put in decent shifts.
Navas offered City something which they didn’t have last season in the respect that he’s an out and out winger and stuck to the right side of the pitch.
He did superbly in terms of the timing of his runs and his position, which meant the central midfield players always had an outlet if they needed to move the ball out wide quickly.
His long range passing was superb and he found his targets consistency. Equip that with his general play as a winger, using his pace to beat the full back and deliver balls into the box and City have themselves a more than useful wide man.
Fernandinho was probably under the most pressure out of all the players Pellegrini went with for his first Premier League match.
He looks as though he’s going to make the £30 million the club paid for him look like a complete bargain and there were glimpses of a very special relationship in the middle with Yaya Toure.
Fernandinho allows Toure the luxury of being able to flood forward and give in to the attacking side of his game which has always been so prominent. He gets his foot in and breaks up play when City do lose the ball and the opposition look to counter attack.
He’s also effective in the final third when his role changes with Toure and the former Barcelona man is the midfielder left in a holding position.
The ease with which the pair of them switched roles was alarming and probably helped by the fact Newcastle had to play a good chunk of the match with only ten men.
Negredo made his debut with just ten minutes of the match left, as he replaced Spaniard David Silva in the middle.
He went about his business with the sort of passion and enthusiasm you would expect from a new signing playing in front of home fans for the first time.
His all round game looked fine; his positioning was good, he had a good turn of pace, his touch looked okay and all round he can be pleased with the short space of time he spent on the pitch.
All in all, it was Fernandinho’s night in terms of the debutants but none of them did anything drastically wrong.
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