Thomas Lewis' Career - Preseason - 2020/21 - Manchester City
A further six reserve/youth players were released, but I cut them off the screenie.
Ok I did what I said I wouldn't do and went mad with my spending again. In all fairness a few established players left the club over the summer, such as Sergio Aguero, Dmytro Chygrynskyi, Salvatore Bocchetti, Gael Clichy, and Joe Allen. The first four were all old because of their ages really - Aguero was the ounget and even her turned 32 over the summer. Joe Allen was entering the last year of his contract and wanted a big wage rise that I wasn't prepared to offer.
I also sold Gerard Deulofeu after he spent far too mcuh time out injured for a guy who was on £150,000 per week. The fee we got represented a profit for us of £14million in just one season at the club.
All this means that the squad has almost been completely regenertaed from when I took over.
With two hugely experienced center backs leaving the club over the summer and another who was on loan retiring and joining the coaching staff, (Christopher Samba), new central defenders were needed. He is excellent phyically, good mentaly, and solid enough technically. Hi passing is poorer than I'd want, but I can work around that.
With Gael Clichy leaving, Yoann Le Moal has gone back to been my back-up left back. Perez is fairly young and has been brought in initially as understudy to Kyle Walker.
At just 17 years old he looks very good. He has 3 and a half star potential so has bags of time to improve. The fee was a bit steep, but I suppose he was coming from a huge club.
Rober Almeida dos Santos
Yes I paid an awful lot of money for him, but he is only 21 so I'm investing in potential as much as anything. Alot of the fee is to be paid over 48months.
Last seaons loanee was signed up permantently. I managed to get the fee down to £10million - half of the fee that was agreed at the time of the loan. He's just 18 and has 4* potential. What a player he could turn out to be.
Another young man with great potential so an investment for the future. He has been sent to Swindon for this term to gain some first team experience.
This man looks unreal. He's 24 so very much for now, and for £35million I expect him to deliver. The fee is being paid over the course of 48months.
Mentally and physically he needs a bit of work, but technically he looks great. He has 3* potential and only has 1* so far, so has alot of room to improve.
A solid player, he'll most likely form a partnership with Burdett in the long term. He has joined fairly late in the summer so hasn't been able to play with Burdett in any preseason games, so the partnership won't be blooded immediately.
He may be 36 and cost me a loan fee of £650,000 and wages of £63,00p/w, but he still looks like he has slot to offer. He won't be an automatic starter of course, but he will be one of my four first choice central defenders. He can also cover at left back if needs be.
Despite the heavy spending again over the summer, the wage bill has been cut by nearly £250,000 p/w compared to the sum given in post number 1073. All in all a good summer then when you also consider that I again made around half that I paid out back in player sales.
The squad has alot of players under the age of 25 now, a stark contrat to when I took over the club and there were hardly any under the the age of 30! There are also some great player in the rerves and youth team, so the present and future is looking rosie!