Before joining Man City in January 2015, for £28m, Wilfried Bony was going for strength to strength at Swansea City and he was the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014 with 20 goals. However, he has been unable to replicate this form at Man City, scoring just six goals in 36 Premier League appearances for the club. Bony appears to need the team to be built around him in order to flourish but with Sergio Aguero being Man City’s main man, he was always fighting a losing battle. He also had injuries that hampered his progress but overall, Bony has just not been able to find his rhythm at Man City. He did not make any appearances for Man City under new manager Pep Guardiola this season and joined Stoke City on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day. His form at Swansea City proves that Wilfried Bony is a talented forward and Mark Hughes could be the manger to help him get back to his best.
Scott Sinclair moved to Man City from Swansea City just like Wilfried Bony. He signed for Man City on transfer deadline day for £8m in 2012 but made just 11 Premier League appearances in his debut season before being sent on a season-long loan at West Brom. That was also unsuccessful and Scott returned to Man City where he made just two appearances for the club. The English midfielder was sent on another season-long loan at Aston Villa in January 2015 and that turned into a permanent transfer. Following Aston Villa’s relegation, Sinclair moved to Celtic where he has been reunited with former boss Brendan Rodgers. He has scored six league goals since his move to the Scottish club, is clearly enjoying his football again and will have been very pleased with his side’s Champions League performance against former club Man City in which they drew 3-3.
England midfielder Jack Rodwell left Everton to sign for Man City in 2012 for £12m. He signed a five-year deal with Man City but he struggled with a hamstring injury and quickly fell down the pecking order. After two goals and 16 Premier League appearances, Rodwell joined Sunderland on another five-year deal in 2014. When he joined for Sunderland, Jack Rodwell said of his former club, “just because you’re English and young, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to play for Manchester City.” Since moving to Sunderland, he has made 49 Premier League appearances and scored four goals.
Eliaquim Mangala joined Man City in 2014 and is behind David Luiz, John Stones and Thiago Silva on the list of the world’s most expensive defenders. He made 48 Premier League appearances in his first two seasons at the club but did not start at all this season under new manager Pep Guardiola. Mangala has struggled to adapt to English football and justify his price tag, so when Guardiola signed John Stones, it was clear that Mangala would not be in his plans. The French defender completed a season-long loan to Valencia on transfer deadline day and hopes that he will be able to restart his career in Spain.
Man City signed Javi Garcia for £16m in 2012 but despite his great reputation, he did not progress as expected. In 53 Premier League appearances, the Spanish midfielder scored twice. Even though he won the Premier League during his spell at the club, neither Manuel Pellegrini or Roberto Mancini started him regularly. He joined Zenit St Petersburg in 2014 and went on to win the Russian Premier League in his debut season.
Big money-moves do not work out for everyone and some players are unable to cope with the pressure and shake off the price tag that has been placed on their shoulders. Players should consider the amount of playing time they are going to get before they move to a big club such as Man City where they are likely to spend most of their time keeping the bench warm or falling down the pecking order when a new manager arrives.