Manuel Pellegrini's side have only added Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph to their first team squad this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have brought in three first team signings to date, with Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts all arriving at the club thus far.
Many had said they needed a major overhaul this summer if they wished to compete for the Premier League title again after a disappointing campaign that saw them finish second and knocked comfortably out of the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup.
With Delph and Sterling the only two of their recruits so far likely to feature in the first team next season, Savage says they need at least three more players for a title challenge.
“I think they need two centre halves, no question,” he told BreatheSport.
“I think they need another centre forward, because if Aguero gets injured then big trouble, you don’t win the Premier League with Wilfried Bony up front. They need a centre half, Vincent Kompany needs to rediscover his form from the season before and Eliaquim Mangala hasn’t done it.”
Players who run towards their own goal
The former midfielder also believes that the club must look to add players who are willing to defend rather than additional attacking talents.
Yaya Toure in particular was criticised heavily last season for not wanting to do his defensive duties, with many having suggested that he is not capable of playing in a midfield two.
And Savage agrees, saying the likes of Toure, Samir Nasri and David Silva aren’t interested in running towards their own goal, and that is why City lose the big games.
“City need players who run back towards their own goal,” he added.
“Nasri, Silva and Toure aren’t going to run back and that’s why they get hammered in the big games. It’s a massive three months for Pellegrini.”