Away defeats at Aston Villa, Newcastle, Swansea and Bournemouth have had the most damaging ramifications, whilst the hammering at the hands of Sunderland last month was the most visible manifestation of City’s absence of quality.
The mentality that existed amongst that 2011 promotion-winning side was what achieved the astounding feat that season. Yes, we had a talented squad…but it was City’s relentless tenacity, psychological strength and fundamental perseverance that saw us promoted.
Whilst Timm Klose’s arrival has been an unambiguous success and clear boost to our survival ambitions, our other attempts to bring in big names have largely failed. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper, Kyle Lafferty and most recently Steven Naismith… the list goes on.