Lack of long-term commitment by players will hold Man City back

Lack of long-term commitment by players will hold Man City back


Joleon Lescott has said that he would be open to a move away from Manchester City just three years after joining the club from Everton. Striker Mario Balotelli is also being linked with a move away and back to his native Italy.

The report in the Guardian suggest that both players could be on their way from the club by the end of the season or just after the end of the season which does nothing to help Manchester City in terms of their longevity.

The underlying problem the club has faced so far in terms of players they have missed out on is the fact that those players will not commit to a club where their role is undefined or uncertain.

The knock on effect of this for city over the next two to three years could have a major impact on the club in terms of their success. They are at a point where they are looking to break away from Manchester United and not only compete with them.

The situation of Lescott demonstrates this problem clearly. He was a key figure in the Manchester City defence over the 2011/2012 season as the club won its first Premier League title. He now finds himself fit but the fourth choice central defender.

City will never have a problem meeting the wage requirements of the best players while they are backed by the Abu Dhabi Investment Group. They will also not have a problem paying the transfer fees.

The problem they have, and will continue to have, is the turn around time of players and what that means in terms of commitment. If Lescott does leave in January it means he has been turned around in three years; signed, played and then sold on.

If Manchester City are to have an extended period of success with a team, that David Silva suggests can be talked about like Barcelona, then they need to be signing only the key players they need.

Signing a high number of top profile or egotistical players in a single position means City will always be linked with a fast turnaround time for their best players which will effectively plateau the club and prevent them from moving forward.

The Champions League showed this season that City are way off the pace compared to their rivals around Europe. They will only catch up when everything is fully settled which will not happen while players are coming and going frequently.

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Lewis Doe is a freelance sports writer and editor who has been working in the industry for over three years. Lewis graduated from a degree in journalism at City University, London in the summer of 2009. Lewis has worked for some of the biggest football opinion and news sites in the world including FootballFanCast and International.


  1. This is rubbish, Mancini inherited Lescott from Hughes and never rated him. He only ever got a chance because of Kolo’s diet pill fiasco and then made the place his own for a while. It was his errors on the last day which nearly cost us the title and numerous other times this season through his error prone defending we’ve conceded goals. Its convenient lazy journalism ignoring the fact players like Hart, Kompany, Yaya, Richards, Barry, Milner, Zaba have all said they want to stay as long as they can. United have a fast turn around as well, but this isn’t to their detriment. They sell on the deadwood and try again. See Berbatov replaced by RVP…

  2. Mancini’s squad management is crap tbh. Neither Lescott nor Clichy were the first choices for their roles at the beginning of his reign, and Balotelli gets too much field time to justify when Aguero and Dzeko are his competitors.

    For both MC & MU the high turnaround refers to the strikers…not the whole team.

  3. Lescott’s commitment would be there if Mancini wanted him, Mancini wants him out the door.

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