With Matija Nastasic and Micah Richards both injured, Pellegrini doesn’t have many options and he faces a choice over whether to patch up the back four for the next three weeks or go after a defender in the transfer market.
If he does choose to patch up the back four then one of his possible options could be to play Aleksandar Kolarov on the left side of central defence, shifting Joleon Lescott across to right centre half.
That’s a better idea than switching Gael Clichy, a small and quick left back, into central defence because the Frenchman is a player that experienced and big strikers would look to dominate.
His other option could be safer, moving Pablo Zabaleta into central defence and playing someone like Clichy or Kolarov out of position at right full back where any weaknesses should become more effectively muted.
There are disadvantages either way but unless Pellegrini promotes someone like Dedryck Boyata from the reserve side straight into the first team, it’s something he will have to consider.
There is always the option of moving a midfielder into the back four, which has been done before, but the problem with that idea is that not all midfielders can relate to the defensive mindset which is held by all defenders in general.
His other option is to revisit old links which have appeared in the transfer market this summer.
City have been linked with some top notch defensive talent and the club certainly has the resources to pull off a deal quickly and efficiently, which would give Pellegrini another defensive option in no time.
One good example is Pepe of Real Madrid, a player that City have been strongly linked with over the last couple of months and a player who would solve the direct problem Pellegrini is currently facing with the City back four.
The only issue acting now in the transfer market is that City are showing their hand. They need a defender and clubs that own their targets won’t think twice about taking advantage of them.
City are a club with vast resources, which has been enabled ever since their new owners came to the club but they are still a club with integrity, not looking to get ripped off.
City had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season and if they are going to win the title this time round, it’s something they will have to maintain and fortunately Pellegrini has plenty of experience and is likely to have encountered this sort of problem already during his career.
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