Man City Focus - Will Pellegrini regret losing Barry's experience?
As the dust settles after another tense deadline day, Manchester City fans will be hoping that they have enough in the locker to keep up their Premier League title challenge.
It was a comparatively quiet last day of the transfer window for City as they only managed to add one new face to their dressing room, Martin Demichelis. Manager Manuel Pellegrini had targeted his defence as an area for improvement after his side crashed to a 3-2 defeat at Cardiff two weeks ago.
In order to shore up his creaky defence the Chilean boss brought in veteran centre-back Demichelis. This will be the third time the two have linked up as Pellegrini has managed 32-year-old Demichelis previously at River Plate and Malaga. The Argentinean defender could have been in line to make his City debut at the Britannia Stadium on September 14 as the Blues travel to face Stoke City after the international break, but he has been ruled out for six weeks with an injury, decimating Pellegrini’s plan to use Demichelis as back-up.
However while deadline day did bring in one new face for the Citizens, concerns may have been raised regarding the departures. Midfielder Gareth Barry was sent out on loan to Everton for the rest of the season, while Scott Sinclair moved to West Bromwich Albion. England international Barry looks to have played his final game in the Sky Blue shirt, as he is into his final months of a five-year contract in Manchester and now believes that his time at the club may be over. “I could have dealt with being 32 in a big squad of players. But as time has gone on I have grown more aware that it is going to take a few injuries here and there for me to work my way back into the team,” he told BBC Sport.
Under Roberto Mancini Barry was a mainstay of the City midfield, and played an integral role in the side which won the Blues first Premier League title in 2012. However, after leaving Eastlands the former Aston Villa captain is now looking to the future and relishing the opportunity to play in a Roberto Martinez side.
“The way I have seen his side’s play in England over the years, he has always tried to play the right style,” Barry said of the Everton boss. “He always makes it difficult for sides to play against him and the way he was speaking about me I was keen to see where he fits me in.”
Sinclair’s move to the Hawthorns could also see his City career at an end, some may say prematurely. The winger was sent out on loan with a view to a permanent deal to the current Premier League basement side. However he feels his only regret he has regarding his time at the Etihad is not being able to show the fans what he was capable of.
City did have an early start to the transfer window, but their final deadline day hours saw them offloading more talent than they brought in. This is an issue which could harm their title aspirations. Getting rid of the type of experience offered by players such as Barry may count against them when it comes to crunch time at the end of the season.
Although they will be hoping that the form of Yaya Toure continues, the fact that Alvaro Negredo is the only of their summer signings to have struck a league goal yet may become a concern for Pellegrini.
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