‘Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini will play with more wingers’

Former Manchester City star Tony Book says he expects Manuel Pellegrini to play with more wingers than his predecessor

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Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City in May Photo: Back Page Images

Former Manchester City star Tony Book says he expects Manuel Pellegrini to play with more wingers than his predecessor Roberto Mancini.

The Chilean signed a three-year deal with City last Friday after wide man Jesús Navas had completed a £14.9m deal earlier in the week, while Spanish youngster Isco has been linked with the Eastlands outfit.

Mancini implemented more narrow tactics during his reign, and Book hopes Pellegrini uses his wide players and brings more flair to the City side, recalling the performances of former Citizens winger Mike Summerbee.

“Going off what I read, I think he will play with more wingers so there could be exciting times ahead,” Book told the Manchester Evening News.

“We only know what read about his beliefs of the game and what is coming over is that he likes to play with wide men.

“For me, as a player who played in a team with width, that is exciting to hear.

“There is no better sight in the game than to see wingers creating chances.

“Roberto Mancini didn’t have the players to do that. This manager is going to change that and play with wide men.

“That always adds to the excitement to see wingers like Mike Summerbee, who could go down the line. There was no better crosser than Mike Summerbee.

“It’s interesting to see whether the lads coming into the club can provide that service.

“I’m very excited about the players they’ve already signed. I presume there will be another one or two.”

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