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10 Manchester City signings who failed to impress

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Manchester City, with all the resources of Sheikh Mansour and the Etihad Corporation, have invested heavily on a number of players over the last six and a half years. Some of them, like David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, have repaid the faith placed in them proved by heavy fees the administration paid for them.A few others, like Samir Nasri, James Milner and Edin Dzeko have been at their best consistently enough to justify the investments made on them. A few, like Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, were good for the club but left in acrimonious circumstances.However, many have been inexplicable signings for the club with regards to their ambition of being the champions of England. We take a look at some botched transfer activity by the Mancunians: players who really never showed up their full potential, or were not good enough for the club given their ambitions at the time. 

#1 Robinho

He is the first of the many players to be signed for big bucks by the Etihad Group during their time in charge of Man City, and it took him just his first press conference to make a gaffe, infamously stating his happiness at his transfer to Chelsea instead of Manchester City.

He was then ranked among the world’s best players and had finished in the top 10 of the 2007 Ballon d’Or 2007 (Real Madrid’s lone outfield representative). He was expected to adapt easily to the Premier League given his mazy dribbling skills, speed and eye for a pass, but Robinho failed to make much impact despite a bright start to his City career when he scored a free kick against Chelsea on his debut in a 3-1 home loss.

He did play well enough in the 2008/09 season to score 13 goals, but the next season he battled injury and was ruled out for a three-month spell and scored just one goal. He even fell out of favour with manager Roberto Mancini. In a bid to secure his national team place, Robinho went back to his youth club Santos in the January transfer window.

Although he did well there, he did not want to remain in England. He was eventually transferred to AC Milan for £15 million, causing a hit of over £18 million to the club. He has never been the same player ever since his transfer to City.

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