m88 He is also news editor on 104.9 Imagine FM. It would happen that City would crumble on a couple of set pieces, and by the time Negredo scored his first for the club it was too late to affect the outcome and Pellegrini’s side lost 3-2.
It was only a poor showing from Dzeko in the first half of the next home match against Hull and a subsequent match-winning performance from Negredo that turned the tide. The Ivorian came off the bench 10 times and made just two starts towards the end of 2014-15, when he was available for long spells of the second half of the campaign.
The protracted transfer tussle with Wolfsburg for their star asset was eventually concluded a couple of days before the transfer deadline. And despite Dzeko not getting himself on the scoresheet, the Spaniard was forced to wait longer for his opportunity.
It’s easier for attack-minded players to link up with new teammates than those in the back four. He scored in that time, though it was incorrectly ruled out for offside. It was in the next few weeks, starting with a 4-1 derby win over Manchester United, when he would form that formidable partnership with Aguero.
The classic example is Alvaro Negredo. Jesus Navas — who would surely be the one to drop to the bench should the Belgian start — had a poor showing against Watford and was hauled off at half time, while the new signing has played two excellent matches for his country and has been very influential for Wolfsburg despite the ongoing transfer saga.
Pellegrini would use his slow introduction method for new signings later down the line, too. The Bosnian was named as the manager’s first choice alongside Sergio Aguero and it meant that Negredo needed to wait to earn his place in the side.
The ESPN FC crew react to Manchester City’s signing of Wolfsburg forward Kevin De Bruyne.
The signing of Kevin De Bruyne happened at a frustrating time for Manchester City fans.
The new striker came off the bench in the opening match of the campaign, a 4-0 win over Newcastle, for a 10-minute cameo. Again coming off the bench, he replaced Dzeko after the Bosnian had scored to give the visitors the lead. The Spaniard joined in the summer of 2013, when Pellegrini was new to the job and when the Chilean was making sure Edin Dzeko knew he had a role to play in City’s title challenge that year. His too was a long and protracted transfer and he was kept well away from first-team duties for a number of weeks after his arrival so he could get up to speed with the rest of the squad.. In the past the manager hasn’t been keen on throwing new additions in at the deep end, unless they’ve had time to train with his team beforehand.
He got a short while longer in the next match, a defeat to Cardiff. Twitter: @DavidMooney
Even then, it would be out of character for the manager to hand him a debut. With two matches for Belgium and very little time spent with his new City teammates, there’s not much to suggest De Bruyne will be named by Manuel Pellegrini in the starting lineup for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. The attack relies more on individual brilliance rather than organisation, so there is more leeway for new players to be slotted in sooner rather than later — but still Pellegrini seems reluctant to do it.
Wilfried Bony joined just before going to the Africa Cup of Nations in January and on his return was eased into the first team. Martin Demichelis took a while to bed into the team, eventually making his debut against Chelsea after recovering from an injury a few weeks earlier. If Pellegrini sticks to form, then City fans are going to have to wait a little longer for the full impact of their new signing.
However, there is the temptation for the manager to throw De Bruyne in from the off. Annoyingly, as soon as he’d put pen to paper he linked up with his Belgium teammates, meaning City fans have had to wait to see their 54 million man in action.
David Mooney is a writer and a radio journalist based in Manchester. Another centre-back in Eliaquim Mangala got the same treatment last season, coincidentally also against Jose Mourinho’s side.
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley says De Bruyne will prove to be sound business at Manchester City.
The Frenchman’s move also has ominous signs for those who are hoping to see De Bruyne attack Crystal Palace from the start of Saturday’s fixture
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