9. Jack Rodwell
Jack Rodwell seemed destined to be a top player after his career with Everton, but he wasn’t able to replicate any of that for Manchester City. Signed in 2012, to strengthen a title-winning team, Rodwell faced stiff comepetions throughout his City career from Yaya Toure, James Milner, Javi Garcia, Gareth Barry and Fernandinho for a place in the starting XI.
He career also halted by the multiple injuries that he faced during the time with the club. He was sold to Sunderland in 2014, a move that derailed his career even further. One of the worst Manchester City signings ever, Rodwell, was voted one of the Sunderland signings ever as well.
8. Benjamin Mendy
The Frenchman had impressed for Monaco in the previous season, tempting Manchester City to fork out a massive transfer fee of £52m in 2017. His initial career with City was plagued with injuries and he spent way more time off field than on it. Whenever he played, his defensive performances left a lot to be desired.
In August 2021, Mendy was charged with several sexual offences and was suspended by Manchester City. He is accused of total 10 counts of sexual offences, to which he has pleaded not guilty. However, his inclusion on this list is solely based on his performances and the massive transfer fee.
7. Scott Sinclair
Having impressed for Swansea City, Scott Sinclair joined Man City in 2012. He never seemed to be good enough for the Skyblues and was sent on loan just after one season. He made just two starts in a three-year stay with the club. He was later sold to Aston Villa in 2015. He he suggested that manager Roberto Mancini had not given him a fair chance.
6. Roque Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz was signed by Mark Hughes for £17.5 million on a four-year deal, with the manager having previously managed him at Blackburn. Paying out a big fee for a player who had only scored 4 goals in 20 games last season, seemed like a big gamble, especially given his injury troubles.
Unfortunately for City, this gamble never paid off. Mark Hughes was fired in December 2009 and his successor, Roberto Mancini gave limited opportunities to Santa Cruz due to a succession of injuries coupled with a lack of form. He was loaned out thrice and was long forgotten at the club before being eventually released in 2013.
5. Wilfried Bony
Having scored 35 goals in 70 games for Swansea, Bony was on the radar of many Premier League clubs. A proven Premier League goalscorer for a fee of £25 million, Bony’s deal looked good on the books. But that didn’t translate to his performances on the pitch.
The Ivorian struggled to step up into an elite team and scored just twice in his first six months at the club. He struggled for game time following the arrival of Pep Guardiola and was loaned out to Stoke City, before being sold to Swansea in 2017. He only scored 10 goals for Man City in 46 games over two seasons, not good enough for a team pushing for the title.