A quick word on something that I saw in the Mirror today. Now, yes, it's the Mirror so grain of salt and all that but one of the comments was that Hughes was planning to buy both Santa Cruz and Tevez because he wanted to go to a formation with one central forward and two on the wing in support. Similar it would seem to Chelsea under Mourinho the first year when they were entertaining and devastating.
This has me fascinated. If you postulate Robinho and Tevez supporting Santa Cruz up the middle then how does the midfield go together? Does de Jong sit in front of the back four while Barry and Ireland roam in front of him? Does City play three across the park with say Petrov, Barry and Ireland?
Chelsea's use of such a formation which had Lampard rampaging forward was very successful and you could envision such a role for Barry.
Do you, and I can't believe I'm writing this, get rid of Robinho and Elano and instead go with a Tevez, Santa Cruz, SWP front line with de Jong, Barry and Ireland in midfield?
The formation plans of Hughes seem to me to be by far the most important part of what we learn as the new season starts.
This really has me curious and looking for hints as we move forward.