Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been urged to copy Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson’s transfer template.
City won the Premier League last season but defeat to Tottenham on Sunday left Guardiola’s side 21 points behind the Reds.
It comes after a summer where Guardiola did not make too many signings, instead sticking with a similar squad that won the league during the last campaign.
City had won the Premier League on back-to-back occasions but have stuttered this season.
And Robbie Savage believes Guardiola should take a leaf out of Ferguson’s book when it comes to this summer’s transfer window.
Savage said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “Sir Alex Ferguson said that every three or four years you have to create a new side. I think that is where this Pep Guardiola side is.
“It needs at least five or six new players at the end of this season to go again. Fergie used to do it - the successful teams do that.”
Guardiola did not bring in a new body in January having been busy during the same window 12 months ago.
Explaining the change in stance, the Spaniard said: "It was an exceptional case (last January) for the problems we had in defence during that period.
“We decided to sign one player for the next four or five or six years.
“It was a buyout clause. You just pay it and that’s all, it’s different to negotiating.
“At that moment we knew we had to buy players next summer so we said OK, anticipate a few months and do it [now]. That’s why we did it."
City were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham on Sunday after goals from Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son.
Former England winger Karen Carney said: “It's just been a frustrating day for Manchester City. They just want to get on a coach and go home, don't they.
“Spurs have been clinical. That's what Manchester City have not been today.”