Man City is in the midst of collective player angst and Elano adds to the chorus who have abandonment issues with Mark Hughes.
The problem is that City lacks gritty players who so populated Hughes' Blackburn squads. These squads were always bit discomfited with the finer aspects of the game. Hughes is a meat and potatoes kind of manager whose only concession to creativity was Morton Gamst Pedersen, a player linked to Arsenal quite a few times. City's defense have been a huge concern giving up 20 goals which is unlike a Hughes coached team.
Previously we had said that Hughes would look out of place in this high priced squad and its sleek players and so far it appears that the co-existence is not working too well. Man City's owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has agreed to support Hughes in the January transfer window.
On Hughes radar, Roque Santa Cruz, whose robust presence upfront and aerial prowess is well known to him from his Blackburn days. Also on the wish list a bunch of hard men, including Stephen Warnock and Torsten Frings. Looks like a version of Blackburn is on its way to the Eastlands.