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To buy, or not to buy, a Premier League title

In Soccerball on July 30, 2009 at 15:20

Manchester City just can’t stop. They’re addicted. I can’t blame them…i used to be the same on a Saturday morning when i got my £1.50 pocket money. I’d leggit down the shop and buy Shoot! or Match!, a couple of Dan Bars and as many Jaw Berries as my little hands could hold. Mark Hughes must be feeling that burning sensation in his pocket too.

I saw a programme on TV3 recently about addictions to hoarding. Some bloke, who was obviously nuts, could not stop himself collecting bicycles. He had about 5,000 bikes all around his house, garden and shed. In fact, his hoarding got so bad that he couldn’t open his front door so he spent six years sleeping on his porch on a mingy sofa. Needless to say, the authorities got involved and slapped a barring order on him collecting any more than 15 bikes at a time. He obeyed the order, for about a month. He got wrist-slapped again when he was found with thousands of bikes and the ban was more strictly imposed. He now only has a few hundred bikes. Phew, he’s got that addiciton under control, thank God. Most people have a canary if they have more than two or three bikes obstructing their freedom in the garage.

I think Mark Hughes has a similar problem. Not with collecting bikes, but as Manchester City manager, he’s addicted to buying players. Not just any players, mind, but strikers and forwards. He has more attackers on his books than Liverpool have full-backs. Adebayor, Cruz, Tevez, Bellamy, Robinho, are all the supposedly top quality forwards on the payroll, though City have recently shipped out Elano and Bojinov to relieve competition slightly.

The gas thing about all of Manchester City’s purchases are that none are really gonna make  a title-tilting impression. Adebayor, Toure, Barry, Santa Cruz and Tevez are all decent players, but I simply do not think they will improve the mediocre City squad enough to lift the Premier League title come May.

If they had landed John Terry, and he was joined by Joleon Lescott (City seem determined to sign the Everton defender), and if they had signed a world-class striker instead of a gaggle of moderate ones, then they may have a squeak of finishing in the top three or four.

With players of the calibre of Micah Richards (who is recovering from swine flu), Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Philips, Petrov, Robinho, Shay Given and Richard Dunne, the nucleus of a good squad is present. However, those who believe a Premier League title can be bought — beware. Real Madrid are attempting to buy La Liga, and they are going about it properly. They’re buying the world’s top players and paying top dollar for them. Manchester City are scrounging the left overs of those who believe they are good enough to play for Real Madrid, but who actually aren’t and still want to earn grotesque wages.

Look what happened Chelsea — they bought a rake of players for loadsa cash and they …. well, they won the Premier League twice. Maybe it can be done, time will tell. But I can predict one thing — Mark Hughes will not be in charge at Manchester City this time next year unless they win the Premier League, or at least finish second and win a cup.