Manchester City need to make three changes if they are to revitalise their title hunt.
Manchester City will return from the international break far off the title pace, and close to losing their top four placing all together.
They are on a poor run of form, and seem to be stuck in a rut that they cannot escape from.
Things must improve if they intend to keep fighting for the Premier League title, and here are three things that could revitalise Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Start using youth
City’s squad is older than the majority of their rivals, and after a gruelling campaign they are starting to show a severe level of fatigue. Players like Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany are not turning out at their maximum ability, and an injection of youth could improve the energy in the squad. And even if the youngsters cannot lead the side to the title, City would have blooded some promising talents ahead of them making a first-team impact next season.
Start using Wilfried Bony
On the subject of bedding players in for next campaign, City should be looking at using January signing Wilfried Bony as often as possible, so he can start to acclimatise with his teammates and Pellegrini’s system. If not, he will be starting next pre-season as out of the squad as he already is, and will then have to spend weeks getting used to a new style of play.
Consider using a new captain
Vincent Kompany has looked far from his best this season, and has hardly inspired his teammates to feats of brilliance. As captain, it cannot be easy to trust a man who is continually making mistakes, and Pellegrini should look to drop Kompany and name a new captain to show that he is not invincible, and to increase the pressure on him to perform at the best of his abilities.