Manchester City do not possess all the answers as of yet, but they certainly seem to have most of them, writes Iain Anderson.
In the last few days new five-year contracts have been signed by Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, while the club have signed Eliaquim Mangala and sold Javi Garcia.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about City during this transfer window is how quietly they have managed to go about their business. In fact, the press have given more space to the new contracts being signed than to the new players being signed.
It would seem that City are settling in to life at the top.
They have been helped of course by the other Manchester club changing manager and failing to sign almost every player they are linked with. This has managed to keep the headline hunters away from the Etihad and camped out at Old Trafford in the vain hope that something big actually is imminent.
The only reservation with this City squad remains whether they can achieve success in the Champions League.
They have certainly upgraded by buying Mangala and won’t miss Joleon Lescott or Matija Nastassic (if he goes). Neither of these could get in the first team anyway, a problem which will be faced by Martin Demichelis this coming season.
Replacing Javi Garcia with Fernando is also a sizeable upgrade and adds to what is already the best midfield in the Premier League, with the added use of Frank Lampard until January at least.
It also seems that Joe Hart has some realistic competition for the number one slot from Willy Caballero.
Will these three major acquisitions be enough to take City past the first knock out stage of the Champions League? That is where Pellegrini’s success or failure will be measured.
The Capital One Cup and the Premier League are great trophies to win but nowadays the Holy Grail and the measure of any big club’s success is how far they get in Europe and City need to get nearer to that elusive winning post.
Iain Anderson, Pundit Arena.