Txiki is City’s ‘Loan Arranger’

Does Txiki Begiristain deserve a tick in the box or a ticking off, after presiding over eight transfer windows since joining Manchester City in October 2012?

Txiki's greatest City signing - a certain Pep Guardiola.

Txiki’s greatest City signing – a certain Pep Guardiola.

With the summer transfer window creaking on its hinges ready to slam shut tonight, City’s Director of Football seems to be putting together more loan deals than Wonga, Amigo and Pounds to Pocket, combined.

Maybe he should consider changing his nickname from Txiki to Tonto – he was always working with the ’Loan Arranger’.

Admittedly Begiristain was instrumental in recruiting his ex-Barcelona team mate and big buddy, Pep Guardiola to the Etihad, and for that we should be forever grateful.

That said, Txiki has instigated or sanctioned a Manchester City spend approaching £500m over the past four years, and how much value has he really delivered?

Time to deliver - Txiki Begiristain has presided over £500m worth of incoming players to Manchester City - has he done a good job so far?

Time to deliver – Txiki Begiristain has presided over £500m worth of incoming players to Manchester City – has he done a good job so far?

As the clock ticks down today City are trying desperately to move Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony out of the door, but at what cost?

In a nigh on insane transfer market, City appear to have the unfortunate knack of off-loading players and, at the same time offering ‘buying’ clubs more subsidies than the Greek Government get from the EU.

Why is it that City invariably have to offer cut price deals or pay a large percentage of the ongoing wages of players who leave the club?

Turin bound - City will be heavily subsidising Joe Hart's move to Torino.

Turin bound – City will be heavily subsidising Joe Hart’s move to Torino.

Prima facie it appears to be a situation that afflicts City more than most.

It was understandable during the earlier days of the post Sheikh Mansour takeover when City had to spend over exaggerated sums, in terms of fees and wages, to attract players to the fledging ‘project’.

Eight years on it appears they’ll be paying the likes of Torino, Sevilla and Valencia for the privilege of having Hart, Nasri and Mangala.

As for where Bony will go, it’s as simple as ABC – Anywhere But City – but he’s rolled up at Stoke today, hopefully in a deal where the Sky Blues won’t be paying his wages to a Premier League rival, similarly enriched by Sky TV money.

Off to sunny Spain - Nasri appears to have shunned a fight for a place in Pep's team and opted for Seville.

Off to sunny Spain – Nasri appears to have shunned a fight for a place in Pep’s team and opted for Seville.

So, how many players have stood the test of time, or are likely to deliver value for money during Txiki’s tenure at City?

It’s too early to judge this summer’s signings but – and it’s a big but – Guardiola will have had the final say on who comes in.  That’s a marked difference in the influence wielded by Pellegrini and Mancini under Begiristain’s reign.

Shaping up nicely - John Stones is already looking like a bargain at a projected £50m.

Shaping up nicely – John Stones is already looking like a bargain at a projected £50m.

Five games into the season and John Stones and Nolito have already impressed. The imminent debuts of Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Claudio Bravo are eagerly anticipated.

Gabriel Jesus looked the part as an Olympic Gold Medal winner with Brazil and he’ll be with City in January.

Exciting prospects Marlos Moreno should be Premier League ready, along with Oleksandr Zinchenko, after going on loan to Deportivo La Coruna and PSV Eindhoven.

BRAVO Claudio - City's new keeper will want to emulate his international success with Chile at club level with City

BRAVO Claudio – City’s new keeper will want to emulate his international success with Chile at club level with City

With Pep at the helm it would appear that even Txiki can’t go wrong in the future.

Guardiola would have had a say in the acquisitions of £54m Kevin De Bruyne and £44m Raheem Sterling last summer. KDB proved an instant success, and now Pep has City’s Number 7 under his wing, Sterling’s stock is rising rapidly.

In & Out - Nolito iis settling in well whereas Bony is on his way out at City.

In & Out – Nolito iis settling in well whereas Bony is on his way out at City.

Bacary Sagna has been a hit, albeit he arrived on a free, whereas the jury is still out on £30m Nicolas Otamendi. Fabian Delph at £8m was, and is, a ‘homegrown’ squad player and little more.

Under Txiki’s watch £30m Fernandinho, and to a much lesser degree £14m Jesus Navas, have proven to be sustainable successes.

Alvaro Negredo, at £16m made a solid 23-goal contribution in his one and only season in 2013/14 and, staggeringly, City made a profit when he was sold to Valencia for £24m.

Martin Demichelis cost £4.2m from Atletico Madrid when he could have been acquired on a free from Malaga a month earlier. Demi gave good service but went on a season too long in the Premier League.

Best is yet to come - At £21m Ilkay Gundogan could prove to be THE signing of the summer!

Best is yet to come – At £21m Ilkay Gundogan could prove to be THE signing of the summer!

Fernando at £12m from Porto has often disappointed and never been the dominant defensive midfielder who was supposed to be an upgrade on Javier Garcia, who was supposed to be an upgrade on Gareth Barry.

Stevan Jovetic at £22m proved a world class sick note and City are presently awaiting a £12.5m fee from Inter Milan, who themselves are looking to offload the Montenegrin after a disappointing loan season at the San Siro.

Blast from the past - Roberto Mancini didn't get the players he wanted after winning the title with City in 2012.

Blast from the past – Roberto Mancini didn’t get the players he wanted after winning the title with City in 2012.

Willy Caballero at £4.4m was never a real threat to Joe Hart, despite this season’s strange shenanigans under Pep – but there’s more to that than is presently in the public domain.

Was Caballero an upgrade on Costel Pantilimon who left on a free?  No, he wasn’t.

And so to today and the prospect of £42m Mangala being loaned to Valencia, with City paying 50% of his wages.

Missed opportunities - Stevan Jovetic is one of the biggest disappointments of all City's signings under Txiki's stewardship

Missed opportunities – Stevan Jovetic is one of the biggest disappointments of all City’s signings under Txiki’s stewardship

Nasri – two days after Pep said he could yet have a future at the Etihad – has flown to Spain to join Sevilla on loan, with City set to pay a substantial portion of his salary.

Hart will sign for Torino with City stumping up a figure rumoured to be as high as £90k a week – it may be viewed as pragmatic, but it’s hardly good housekeeping.

Pep Blueprint - Guardiola is already having a profound effect on City after just five games

Pep Blueprint – Guardiola is already having a profound effect on City after just five games

Finally we have the Bony of contention in Wilfried, the not so wonderful.

A proven Premier League goal scorer at Swansea, Bony has never fitted City’s pattern of play, and at £25m was a virtual Etihad pariah.

The Ivorian replaced Edin Dzeko, who for all his faults, DID score goals for City and often important ones at that. The big Bosnian eventually went to Roma on a permanent deal for something around £12m, a comparatively low fee.

King Kevin - KDB has been an unqualified success since his move from Wolfsburg.

King Kevin – KDB has been an unqualified success since his move from Wolfsburg.

Given Txiki’s ‘Loan Arranger’ status, I suppose City supporters should be relieved it isn’t a case of ‘Hi Ho Silva Away’ on transfer deadline day.

 

By David Walker

www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

8 Comments

  1. August 31, 2016  2:51 pm by Guvnor Reply

    Txiki should have a kick up his arse, we cannot offload any of our players, because they are in a comfort zone, that is why they did not try hard enough last year.

    • August 31, 2016  8:50 pm by David Walker Reply

      In fairness Bony tried to kick Txiki's backside...but he missed from five yards out!

  2. August 31, 2016  5:48 pm by C.W. Kinsey Reply

    I feel like a kid a Christmas, two articles in two days.

    Despite the undoubted quality players that have been brought in under his watch, overall he has been poor in the role. There appears to be a blasé attitude with the financial repercussions incurred due to misguided transfers. Obviously every single transfer is a risk, and we do have rich owners that can absorb failures, but in an era of FFP the degree of laziness attached to transfer policy is shocking.

    • August 31, 2016  8:45 pm by David Walker Reply

      Ha ha - it may feel like Christmas to you...others might view it as something akin to water torture :-) thanks CW. While we undoubtedly have very wealthy owners we do indeed appear profligate when it comes to paying over inflated fees for under performing players, then compounding it with extravagant basic wages. I thought this was all in the past and that player contracts were bonus heavy to further incentivise success. Lest it be overlooked, Txiki is always the guy sitting with the players when they renew said contracts e.g. Dzeko, Nasri, Kolarov (whoever would've thought he'd be retained, albeit merited, since Pep arrived) etc.

      Now Pep's here we can expect him to be far more assertive as to the players he wants - a luxury I'm pretty sure not afforded to Mancini and Pellegrini under Txiki's rule.

  3. August 31, 2016  7:40 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Can't understand how we seem to be the only club that can't sell player's. It's like we actually pay them to move. Black mark against the man his transfer policy while not the worst, he has bought some good players to city is the best.

    • August 31, 2016  8:46 pm by David Walker Reply

      I understand what you're saying Doug...in a round about way ;-)

  4. August 31, 2016  7:42 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Whoops That should say not the best

    • August 31, 2016  8:48 pm by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Doug - so to summarise, Txiki's brought some decent players to City, but he could and should've done a whole lot better with half a billion pounds!

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