Deadline Day: Man City didn't need additions, says Alan Smith

No deadline day deals for City

Manchester City's title charge won't be derailed by their failure to add to their squad on Deadline Day, says Alan Smith.

Manuel Pellegrini seemed set to acquire Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando on Friday morning.

"If ever a club didn't really need to bring people in it would be Manchester City."

Alan Smith

However, a deal for French defender Mangala and Brazilian midfielder Fernando - which could have totalled over £40m - couldn't be done.

That, though, is unlikely to hinder City's Premier League title chances, reckons Sky Sports pundit Smith.

The former Arsenal striker believes top-of-the-table City are already well-equipped to challenge for trophies both domestically and in Europe.

"If ever a club didn't really need to bring people in it would be Manchester City," he told Sky Sports News.

"They're in fantastic form, they're scoring goals for fun and they're top of the table.

"I think you also have to be careful not to disturb the dressing room and the dynamics in there, too. It looks a happy camp at the moment - although I'm not saying the two boys from Porto would have disrupted that."


Smith pointed out that City's squad - which has netted 68 goals in 23 Premier League games this term and demonstrated their attacking strengths by thrashing Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday - already contains considerable talent.

However, he suggested they may have been improved by acquiring a centre-back to play alongside skipper Vincent Kompany.

Martin Demichelis, 33, has been the latest defender to partner the Belgian ace but Smith says there are question marks about the Argentina international's decision making and his favoured option - Matija Nastasic - is not currently prominent in Pellegrini's plans.

"I compare City a little to Barcelona, who for years we've been saying 'you can get at them because centrally they're not the best'. But they're so good going forward and they keep the ball so well that you never really get a chance to expose that," he said.

"Demichelis, I don't think he's in his prime of his career, he dives in and gets into some awkward positions.

"Nastasic, for me, would be the preferable option next to Vincent Kompany, but it's not a huge problem for them."

And Smith insists even a hamstring injury to star striker and top-scorer Sergio Aguero doesn't present City with major difficulties.

Even without their 15-goal frontman, City have an abundance of attacking options to cover for his absence, says Smith.

"He's one of the world's best strikers. He came back from injury and hit the ground running like he'd never been away - we saw at Spurs what a fantastic player he is - so it's unfortunate that now he's picked up another one.

"It is a blow but they've got Edin Dzeko, who has weighed in with a lot of goals recently, they've got Stevan Jovetic coming back to full match fitness and, with players like David Silva supporting, you imagine they'd be fine."

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