Honestly, City Are Saving The Premier League

Honestly, City Are Saving The Premier League


Since Sheik Mansour took ownership of Manchester City in 2008 there has a been a lot of negative press aimed at the East land’s club. Since then they have spent millions upon millions on players left, right, and center. They even made ridiculous claims that they were going to sign Fernando Torres, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas back in 2008.

A lot of people associated with football, whether they’re managers (Sir Alex), pundits or fans alike, all have been launching scathing attacks on the way City have gone about their business, this Chelsea fan even had a go at them, you know something is wrong if a Chelsea fan is having a go for a club spending money!

As a Manchester United fan I have a disdain towards Manchester City, which is growing with more hatred every year. However with a forced smile I have to admit that I’m not against Manchester City’s spending. Let’s face it, they’re not the first club to do it and they probably won’t be the last.

In 1993 Manchester United were breaking the English transfer records every year on players like Roy Keane, Andy Cole and in more recent years 30 million on the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney. Blackburn spent big money on players like Alan Shearer, Graeme Le Saux and Kevin Gallacher under the ownership of Jack Walkers.

Also, Newcastle spent millions on players like Alan Shearer, David Ginola and Faustino Asprilla. Recently before the millions inherited by City we had the Chelsea era. Where a certain man from Russian transformed the club from a team who were dark horses for the league every season to European juggernauts of the modern game. Everybody is a hater until their club is taken over.

I don’t agree in where the game is going towards money. However, if the Premier League is going to maintain its status as a ‘superpower’ of the footballing world, then we need clubs like City spending millions. Otherwise the Premiership becomes too predictable. Every year for the last few years you would have had bet your house that the top four would be Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, it was just the order you wouldn’t have been sure of.

This year besides Manchester United and Chelsea you would have to be a brave man to put money on a club finishing in the top four.

That is the impact Manchester City have made. They have made the league more exciting, they are forcing the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal to up their game if they’re going to finish in the top four. Exactly what Chelsea did to Manchester United, The Red Devils had to up their game and come back bigger and better to win the title.

Long gone were the days that 79 points could win you the league. Which made the premiership more exciting after people were becoming sick of the United-Arsenal monopoly.

In the last few years the quality of players of the Premiership from the top sides have gone down hill. Manchester United lost Ronaldo, Liverpool lost Xabi Alonso and soon Javier Mascherano, Arsenal have lost Hleb and Flamini and Chelsea have lost Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Ballack.

So for Manchester City to attract players like Balotelli, David Silva, Robinho (I know he proved to be a flop but he did give us plenty to talk about), Kolorav and Yaya Toure it only adds to the excitement of the league. Let’s face it, how many neutrals had an eye on Manchester City v Liverpool this weekend?

A few years ago it would have been as an easy victory for Liverpool, but now it’s one of the most exciting games of the season. The Manchester Derby is becoming one of the most watched derby games in recent years, and much more entertaining. The game at Old Trafford last year was one the best games I’d ever seen, and one of the most enjoyable. Also, the atmosphere was breathtaking.

Also to the claims they’re stopping the progress of English players, they currently have four of the brightest prospects for England in their squad, with James Milner, Joe Hart, Micah Richards and Adam Johnson. Also with the new 25-man squad rule Manchester City’s spending is going to benefit a lot of clubs in the Premiership and Championship (Bellamy to Cardiff is one example).

So Manchester City’s spending has benefited the Premier League. So all this talk about them destroying the game is rubbish. Real Madrid spent 80 million on Ronaldo last year, Barcelona spent 40 million on Ibrahimovic and also gave Inter Eto’o and they also wanted to give them Hleb!

So as long as La Liga is spending money, if the Premiership wants to remain the best league in the world, then it has to too, until the day FIFA wakes up and puts a transfer cap on both transfer fees and wages for every country.

So everyone get off Manchester City’s back, they’re making the Premiership much more exciting.

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  1. Have to agree totally!

    I’m an Arsenal fan and for the first time in years there’s another team in the league that I can watch for a full 90 mins without boredom. They may well have bought any success they manage this year, but unless you’ve prepared 10 years in advance with a world beating acadamy ala Barca, you have to.

    Man utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, L’pool and Everton all provide great entertainment with top quality football.

  2. Well said that man! I can’t believe I am hearing a voice of reason from a red but there you go miracles do happen. 😉

  3. Have to say well done, and spot on Ryan. My username indicates where my loyalties lie, but I`m in agreement with just about every word of this.

    I was a supporter that was getting completely disillusioned with football and the ever increasing domination the champ league participants were allowed to enjoy, and I just thank my lucky stars it was my club that got the cash, although it could conceivably been another.

    Newcastle immediately springs to mind as a possible with their great fan base and sizeable stadium, but it was City. They have brought in wonderfully talented lads from other leagues, and they`ve made this season so much more interesting because a threat to the establishment is very very real now, particularly with Spurs looking good to compete also.

    Villa it seems are likely to go backwards as things stand, but that`s still half a dozen sides capable of beating each other rather than the formalities of not so long ago. I sincerely hope it doesn`t upset you too much when we finish above you and win the league to boot. All the best, and keep the reality coming

  4. Teams can only “up their game” as you put it, within their own financial restraints. Surely the point here is that City have an enormous advantage because they are not under any financial limitations. The irony is that we are all paying for City’s spree at the petrol pumps. As for it being one of the most exciting games of the season? I think you should get out a bit more.

  5. Adam – don’t hate, appreciate.

    Manchester City played awesome last night – most people will mention how “bad” Liverpool played – thing is.. you can only play as good as you are allowed. I’m sure you’ll see some great football from us this season.

  6. I’m an Arsenal fan but the Sheikh is my bosses friend and a client, so I have to like him (and his $$).

  7. Very nice post,

    fine to hear reasonable meaning from different fans, I an Arsenal one. City is not only upgrading the league with their spending, but they give impuls for more dynamic transfers in this time of economic crise. Clubs can buy more players after selling their (best) players to City.

  8. I thnk City adds more dynamism to THE PL. the problem is if they fail to show the product of their spending at the end of the season for this yr or the next…definitely they ll again b miidle class team wiz a huge pyroll

  9. one united fan manages to see past his rosy red vision and see some sense. The media have a field day with our club, but most papers are london based, so there you go, there is always going to be a biase toards northern teams anyway. we’re lucky to have the investment, we know that, but it is true what your saying, city are the only club making any waves, so far. Until the next rich playboy comes along that. Us peasants just have to enjoy the great games we have delivered to us week in week out. I’d still have goater in the starting eleven if it were my choice though.

  10. Thanks ryandunny for a unbiased view can i just add that these guys did look at liverpool for a second but i think they bought us because of your (UTD’s) success and that the Manchester derbies will become the most watched footballing match in the world?, its this what makes it appealing.


  11. The financial doping of clubs is not good for anyone – sure short term City and the PL will see a benefit but when the sheiks rattle and roll what will they leave behind?
    City with an unlimited bankroll are pricing players out of the market – James Milner €26 million or whatever and they have stockpiled player – what is it 8 strikers or something?
    With the giant ripple effect Clubs are going out of business at an alarming rate trying to compete – since abramovich arrived at Chelsea United and liverpool have run up close to a billion in debt.
    ENglish kids are not coming through because it is easier to buy 27 year old finished products than develop 11 years olds for 10 years.

    And talk about city secifically – are the fans happy with their owners buying players and interfereing in selection and transfers – who in their right mid gets rid of a player like Richard Dunne and brings in Jolean Lescott? Who buys Adebayor when Arsene’s finshed product is a money grabbing hoar?

    Football is becoming dull and distanced. You used to be able to grow up with the likes of a Beckham, or a Adams or even a John Terry. You’d see them playing for an under 18s team – they’d stand out and you knew you’d be watching them in 10 years time at their testomonial. It is part of why clubs where part of the family – Abramovich, Risdale, Glazier and the Sheiks have hired hookers performing tricks for money.

    As Wayne Rooney would say – once a blue, always a blue.

  12. agreed! well said! BUT 2 points:

    1. not only its saving the league but it is also creating a more competitive environment for the english nationals to train in which in return benefits the national side

    2. “if the Premiership wants to remain the best league in the world..” r u kidding me ? la liga and series a r both ahead ..!

  13. I have heard “money can’t buy you love” , but honestly mr.Manchester untied fan, how would it feel , if you had lost cristiano ronaldo/rooney to mancity??? The way in which they have bought the likes of Milner, Lescott goes to show that theycan do anything they want. Even real madrid and barca flex their financial muscles but isn’t it in a way injustice to the likes of Martin O’Neil and David Moyes (he will be laffin his way to the bank thanks to Lesc**tt). I feel that Barca have single handedly won the la liga and probably the champs league , (though mourinho may have someting to say) with the acquisition of Villa.
    SERIE A is not ahead of EPL , i am ROFL with that comment.

  14. The Premiership is so over-rated its unbelievable.

    There isn’t a hope in hell anybody outside Man Utd and Chelsea will win the title. Man City I think will push them and Arsenal well.

    This “top 4” nonsense is ridiculous. Liverpool hadn’t won the league in about 15 years, Arsenal in a decade and Spurs for years.

    The standard of the other clubs in the EPL is actually hilariously bad for the money these teams are getting every year. Wigan, Blackpool and West Ham wouldn’t look out of place in a school league by the way they defend.

    The amount of money in the EPL is actually slowly, killing it. Trust me, its happened north of the border and it will happen south of the border aswell.

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