This season has seen City sign 7 new players, 6 during the summer and 1 in the winter. The summer signings were Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Willy Caballero (Málaga), Fernando Reges (Porto), Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto) and Frank Lampard (on loan from New York City FC). The lone winter signing was Ivorian striker, Wilfried Bony from Swansea City. With the season's end only two months away, here we take a look at how each of the signings have played for City.
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal): For a man who is being paid £150,000 per week, he has not played too much for City. He was brought in to serve as an experienced back-up to Pablo Zabaleta in the right-back position and has only managed 14 appearances with Zabaleta's position in the City starting XI not in question. When called upon, however, he has performed decently, but perhaps not enough so to justify his hefty weekly wage. Rating: 6
Willy Caballero (Málaga): Caballero arrived at the Etihad after 3 seasons at Málaga, 1.5 of which he coincided with manager Manuel Pellegrini. Based on this, Pellegrini felt it was right to bring in the experienced and low-profile Argentine goalkeeper to serve as Joe Hart's understudy. As the understudy, Caballero has only been able to muster 3 appearances for City this season, the 3-0 Community Shield loss to Arsenal, the 7-0 rout of Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup and a 4-2 win over Hull City in the Premier League. With a record of 2-1 as goalkeeper, Caballero has done well for City, with his blemish being the loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield. Rating: 7
Fernando Reges (Porto): Fernando Reges has emerged as one of the more successful signings for City this season. He has played in 29 matches in all competitions and has become one of three key central midfielders for City, alongside Yaya Touré ands Fernandinho (David Silva and James Milner are more outside midfield players). Being a defensive minded midfielder, he has shown good determination in winning the ball from opposing players and beginning plays from the back. With reports of Yaya Touré being on his way out of the club, City fans can rely on Fernando to get the job done for City for many years to come. Rating: 7
Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club): Being the only City signing currently on loan, he suffered a difficult first half of the season in La Liga with Valencia, where he was able to play making one lone appearance for Los Che, a 3-0 win over Málaga in which he only played the second half. After having the loan deal at Valencia rescinded, he joined struggling Córdoba, where has been able to pick up valuable minutes for the Andalusian outfit. Since joining in January, Zucchini has made 8 appearances for Córdoba. Rating: 5.5
Eliaquim Mangala (Porto): After much scouting of the French center back, City were able to secure the services of a highly coveted player who had developed a reputation as being one of Europe's top defensive prospects. Since his arrival in Manchester, he has made 19 appearances in all competitions, while dividing minutes with Martin Demichelis. Both men have been battling for a spot next to captain Vincent Kompany and it seems that Demichelis is winning out, with 28 appearances in all competitions. Mangala has performed well when called upon, but is can look a bit nervous at times. Rating: 6
Frank Lampard (on loan from NYCFC): May not be categorized as a formal "signing," as he is currently on loan from "brother" club New York City FC. At City, he has solidified his position as a late second-half sub type of player, who has come on to score important goals, like the one he scored against former club Chelsea last September, which rescued a 1-1 draw for City. His experience and quality as a player were so evident to City, that his loan was extended from January to June. Being a risk-free option for City, Lampard has offered valuable experience to the team. Rating: 6
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City): Having become a lethal goal-scorer in the Barclays Premier League, it was no question why City signed him in January. His 25 league goals in 1 1/2 seasons for Swansea had become the stamp of approval for Bony, which led to him moving to City. Since his move to City, he has seemed a bit out of place, but that it normal when you are arriving to a top club like City. In 2 months, Bony has managed seven appearances in all competitions, but only one goal. For Bony, with all the quality surrounding him, it is only a matter of time before he regains his goal-scoring form that saw him move to the Etihad. Bony receives no rating because he has so little time at City that no rating would be accurate.