Manchester City have two areas that they need to strengthen in the summer.
Manchester City will likely end the season in second place in the Premier League, although there is still a small chance that both Arsenal and Manchester City could overtake them.
A top four placing is all-but guaranteed for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, but a number of poor performances this season have done much to prove that their playing squad is not up to scratch.
City have all the money needed to be able to completely revamp their squad in the summer, and there are two key areas that need to be addressed.
Firstly, there is a lack of defensive cover available for when key members of the squad are out injured, and this happens all too often. Eliaquim Mangala has done little to impress, whilst Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis are far too inconsistent to be top-level centre-backs.
This is a problem that could be solved without the need to sign anyone from another club, with two classy defensive prospects currently on the City roster. Karim Rekik and Jason Denayer are out on loan at PSV Eindhoven and Celtic respectively, and they will likely return to the Etihad in the summer with trophies to their names.
Even if only one is drafted into the first-team set-up it would prove a budget fix to a big problem, and show that City are willing to look towards their youth for a change.
Secondly, the other big problem is in the midfield, with an ageing group of players who are not up to scratch. Yaya Toure is the biggest culprit, with his world class abilities on show too rarely nowadays.
Without him on top form, City lack a driving presence in midfield, and this is a problem that will need fixing with money. Paul Pogba is the usual man associated with a big money move, and his physical midfield play would cost a premium, but revitalise their lagging centre-park.
Geoffrey Kondogbia is the cheaper option for such a role, and the 22-year-old could be tempted from Monaco if City can promise the young Frenchman consistent first-team football.
All-in-all, City’s squad has passed it’s peak, and it needs rejuvenation. This should have occurred last summer, when it was clear they had reached top form, and bringing in a host of players this summer could prove an insurmountable task. There are many areas that need strengthening, and the defence and midfield are the two that should be focused upon first.