Date: 1st September 2009 at 10:10pm
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Phew, what a scorcher! An unprecedented summer transfer window for Manchester City has come to a close and so too, Sparky’s business for the year…

Time to take a step back during this nicely timed international break and survey the turnover in playing staff. This is when we begin to see just how thorough Mark Hughes’ squad overhaul has been:

JANUARY 2009:

IN:

Nigel de Jong (£16 million)
Craig Bellamy (£14 million)
Wayne Bridge (£12 million)
Shay Given (£8m million)

OUT:

Sam Williamson (undisc)
Javan Vidal (loan)
Paul Marshall (loan)
Tal Ben Haim (loan)
Jo (loan)

SUMMER 2009:

IN:

Emmanuel Adebayor (£25 million)
Gareth Barry (£12 million)
Joleon Lescott (£22 million)
Roque Santa Cruz (£17 million)
Stuart Taylor (undisc.)
Carlos Tevez (undisc.)
Kolo Toure (£16 million)
Nils Zander (undisc.)

OUT:

Michael Ball (released)
Tal Ben Haim (undisc.)
Glauber Berti (released)
Valeri Bojinov (loan)
Felipe Caicedo (loan)
Elano (undisc.)
Kelvin Etuhu (loan)
Donal McDermott (loan)
Ched Evans (£3 million)
Gelson Fernandes (undisc.)
Dietmar Hamann (released)
Richard Martin (released)
Angelos Tsiaklis (released)
Joe Hart (loan)
Jo (loan)
Shaleum Logan (loan)
Danny Mills (released)
Kasper Schmeichel (undisc.)
Daniel Sturridge (undisc.)
Darius Vassell (free)
Ryan McGivern (loan)
Clayton McDonald (loan)
Tal Ben Haim (undisc.)
Richard Dunne…to be confirmed…

2009 Squad Overhaul Totals:

IN: 12
OUT: 16
Currently LOANED: 9

Current Senior Squad Total: 24:

Given, Taylor, Richards, Zabaleta, Lescott, Onuoha, Toure, Bridge, Garrido, Sylvinho, Kompany, De Jong, Johnson, Ireland, Barry, Wright-Phillips, Petrov, Weiss, Robinho, Tevez, Benjani, Bellamy, Adebayor, Santa Cruz.

The results are staggering. Sparky, reviewing the situation a couple of weeks ago said:

‘We’ve done excellent business in this window and made huge strides in a short space of time. It may take a few more windows before we can say we are one of the top teams in the Premier League, but I don’t think we will be spending on this scale again. The players we’ve brought in this summer will sustain us. I’m sure we will be adding in future windows, but not buying on the scale we have this summer.’

Earlier this year the City gaffer talked of developing a smaller high quality squad of around 25 players to work with and on the evidence we’ve seen so far, he looks to have achieved that aim.

The key to success will now be continued consistency and a satisfactory fusion of the squad as a whole both on and off the park.

What’s your view on City’s 2009 squad overhaul? Give us a shout both here and in the Vital MC Forums.

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