Rating Manchester City's summer transfers - Negredo shines, Jovetic has everything to prove

Alvaro Negredo MCFC

Manchester City tooled up in a big way last summer, preparing for the new Premier League season.

City responded in the same way that Manchester United did when they lost the Premier League title to City at the end of the 2011/2012 season.

City went out and backed new manager Manuel Pellegrini with several big name signings as they looked to wrestle back the dominance in the Premier League.

However, City find themselves in eighth place in the table and six points off of league leaders Arsenal, but there is still plenty of time for the Sky Blues to recover.

Here are our ratings for their five blockbuster summer signings.

Martin Demichelis – C-

The Argentinean defender was drafted in as back four cover late in the transfer window from Atletico Madrid.

He was initially kept out of Pellegrini’s side but has recently come into the back four.

He’s looked a little raw through his three Premier League appearances so far but he does the basics very well as a defender which is important.

Stevan Jovetic – D

Bit of a harsh rating perhaps but Jovetic hasn’t done much in his three Premier League appearances so far to push himself closer to a starting role for City.

There was a lot of hype and expectation surrounding the Montenegrin when he joined the club from Fiorentina but he’s still got a lot to prove.

It’s difficult because Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo have created such a strong partnership in attack but City fans would have been expecting a little bit more for the £22 million invested in the forward.

Alvaro Negredo – B+

Outside Aguero, the Spaniard looks like the best striker at the club and someone who has quickly adjusted well to the setting of Premier League football.

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Aguero plays that role at the top of the attack trying to pin himself onto both centre backs, which allows Aguero to drop off and other midfielders to come into the play.

His numbers so far are decent; four goals and two assists in the Premier League and he should be looking to get close to 20 Premier League goals over the rest of the season.

Fernandinho – B+

Fernandinho has been a constant in the City midfield alongside Yaya Toure and he looks like a good buy for £30 million.

He seems to have a very good understanding with Toure, knowing when to drop off and fill in defensively but when to push on if Toure has the defensive angles covered.

For him to improve he needs to register his first league goal for the club, add to that tally and also weigh in with a few more assists but some of the defensive work he’s been doing has been top class.

Jesus Navas – B-

The Spanish winger has come into the City side and he gives them something they didn’t have last season; width.

He can be guilty of doing a David Silva at times, as he comes inside looking for the ball but as a winger he’s got all of the tools and skills needed to do well in the Premier League.

The aim for him to improve his rating is consistency because Pellegrini doesn’t seem sure over whether to start Navas or use him as a sub at the moment; four starts and five sub appearances in the Premier League.

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