Since the start of the Premier League in 1992, not many clubs have been involved in as much transfer activities as Manchester City. While they are now rightly considered among England’s elite, over the past two decades there have been some outright failures to play for the club. In this article, let us have a look at some of the worst Manchester City signings ever.
Here are the 12 worst Manchester City signings ever.
7. Stefan Savic
Savic joined Manchester City in july 2011. He made his debut against Swansea City on 15 August as a substitute at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Throughout centre-back Vincent Kompany’s four-match ban from 11 to 25 January, Savić replaced him in the starting line-up. Although Savić showed brief flashes of form in this time, he showed many instances of nervousness resulting in frequent misplaced passes, clearances and crucially conceded a penalty against Liverpool in a League Cup match, resulting in a Liverpool win. Via a poor first touch, he caused Jermain Defoe’s goal in City’s 3–2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
With Kompany’s return to the starting team, Savić returned to the bench. He ended the season with 12 league appearances, enough for a medal, as Manchester City won the 2011–12 Premier League on the last day of the season.
In August 2012, Italian Serie A club Fiorentina signed Savić as part of a deal for Matija Nastasić to transfer the other way.
6. Rolando Bianchi
In July 2007 Bianchi moved to Manchester City for a reported fee of £8.8 million, where he was given the number 10 shirt. Bianchi scored on his debut for City against West Ham, slotting home from close range following a run and pass from Elano.
Later that month, Bianchi criticised English cuisine and alcohol culture, and stated how he could never become a full international unless he returned to Serie A. In January 2008, Manchester City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson informed Bianchi that he would be allowed to leave the club. Soon after that, Bianchi finalised a loan move to Lazio after not being able to settle in England.
5. Matías Vuoso
Matías Vuoso began his career in Argentina with Independiente. Playing alongside Diego Forlán, Vicente scored seven goals in 29 games for Independiente in 2000–01 and another seven in 35 games in 2001–02.
He left the Argentinian club in June 2002 to sign with Manchester City, joining for £3.5 million. However, Vuoso did not appear in a single game for Manchester City, and was subsequently loaned out to Santos Laguna for the 2003–04 season.
4. Scott Sinclair
Sinclair signed a four-year contract with champions Manchester City on 31 August 2012, moving from Swansea. He was given the number 11 shirt.
Impressed against City for Swansea but didn’t make it for the blues. He made just two starts in a three-year stay and never looked like he was good enough for the Blues.
On 8 May, he had surgery on a blood clot in his shoulder, ending a frustrating season in which he played only 190 minutes of league football, after which he suggested that manager Roberto Mancini had not given him a fair chance.