Earlier today, the January transfer window closed after a flurry of expensive activity in the Premier League, yet with Manchester City making nary a move on the day. Given their record, you might say that this was unexpected, and maybe it was - but was it also the right thing to do?
City's only major move this month was the signing of Edin Dzeko, a move that should be lauded for both its short term impact and long term ramifications. The Blues have long needed a legitimate target man, and the acquisition gave them one. It was, simply, a move to fill a need, now and later.
So often in the transfer window, teams make a move simply to make a splash. Consider Fernando Torres to Chelsea - sure, he'll help, because he's a world class player, but was it really necessary on a team with Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, and Florent Malouda? Roman Abramovich loosened the purse strings, but perhaps in the wrong place.
Roberto Mancini is not guilt free, of course, especially regarding the purchase of James Milner over the summer, who appears nothing more than a squad player at this point, and a very expensive one at that. The point here is this: very often, a big money purchase is made with only tomorrow in mind, and ends up hurting the organization down the road.
On a day when funds were flying fast and furious, Manchester City stood pat, because sometimes, the best move is no move at all.