Manchester City’s expensive transfer flops have arguably sent the club backwards but how have the 2014 summer signings fared?
Having seriously struggled when he first joined City, Mangala has improved since and struck up an excellent understanding with Demichelis when Kompany was injured back in December. You get the feeling that he will be used more regularly next season but for now, Mangala has definitely not lived up to that enormous price-tag.
The Brazilian enforcer has often been exposed by Yaya Toure’s failure to track back but he has also looked quite lackadaisical at times. He is not a top class holding midfielder but he has provided balance to the City midfield during his first season at the club.
Fernando is not extravagant but he is quite reliable and allows the likes of David Silva to push forward without having to think about tracking back. Saying that, if City are to be a force in the Champions League, they probably need a more multi-functional midfielder.
Sagna was brought in on a free transfer so he has to be regarded as a success for that reason alone.
Manuel Pellegrini has opted to rotate his full-backs and tends to use Sagna in the bigger matches, as proven by his selection over Pablo Zabaleta in the recent game against Barcelona. City do need an injection of youth but you can’t complain when you have two right-backs in the class of Sagna and Zabaleta to call upon.
He was never going to displace Joe Hart as the first choice goalkeeper at the club but Caballero has been unlucky in the sense that the England number one has had one of his best seasons in a City shirt to date.
The Argentine stopper is a Pellegrini favourite, having worked together at Malaga but he has not had a fair chance to shine at the Etihad.