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POLL: Were City Right to Release Vieira?

16 Jun

The official list of players released by Premier League clubs was revealed today and the name of Patrick Vieira stood out. A five time FA Cup winner over the course of his career and a fatherly influence in the City dressing room, many felt that the Frenchman was worth another year, possibly as a player/coach.

This is still an option, as we may sign him up for next season despite letting him go, as happened with Stuart Taylor a couple of seasons ago, but the likelihood is that Vieira has played his final match for the Blues. A respected figure around the club, he is no longer a force on the pitch, often bypassed by pacy, direct sides, but his experience is invaluable and I would have offered him one more year.

But what do you think?

TRANSFER UPDATE: Sanchez, Cahill, Vertonghen, Santa Cruz, Onuoha

13 Jun

If you’re looking for a round up of Man City’s main transfer activity, you’ve come to the right place. This is first instalment of what will become a regular summer feature: The Transfer Update.

Sanchez is Chile’s Hottest Prospect

Much of the talk so far this summer has centred on the Udinese attacker, Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has been linked with a number of clubs, including Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester United and City. By all accounts, his preference is to either remain in Italy or move to the European champions, although we have the financial muscle to outbid the others.

No-one knows for certain at the moment where he will end up, but whoever signs him will be adding true quality to their squad. He is arguably Roberto Mancini’s number one target for this window but we face a battle on our hands if we are to secure his signature.

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Mario Balotelli: Keep Him or Sell Him? VOTE HERE

24 Mar

Mario Balotelli is a player about whom many column inches could be, and have been, written. Goals aplenty, cards aplenty, strops aplenty and even a struggle with a bib. No-one entertains, frustrates and baffles quite like Mario. Now it’s your chance to vote on whether you think the volatile, yet supremely talented Italian is worth persevering with or whether Roberto Mancini should admit defeat and get rid. Vote in the poll and let me know your thoughts below.

TRANSFER UPDATE: Džeko, Bridge, Adebayor, SWP, Santa Cruz

13 Jan

Džeko is Edin in the Right Direction

Back by popular demand (more commonly known as a bit of free time on my hands) is the transfer update article, keeping you up-to-date with all the latest activity at Man City. And what better way to kick-off (pun intended) with news of a fantastic addition to the Blues’ squad. Bosnian striker Edin Džeko has joined the club from German side Wolfsburg for a fee just under £27.5m and will almost certainly make his debut at the weekend against Wolves. The 24 year old is a hugely talented player and a proven goalscorer, both at club level and internationally.

Highly rated by many an expert pundit, Džeko is a natural goalscorer, someone whose ability to put the ball in the back of the net from inside the box reminds me of the one and only Shaun Goater. Not content with just his finishing on the ground, the Bosnian is prolific in the air, and is sure to benefit from the quality of delivery provided by the likes of James Milner, Aleks Kolarov, David Silva and Adam Johnson. He is more than capable with both feet, and in the absence of Mario Balotelli, he will need to settle straightaway and start banging in the goals for the Blues.

Wayne Crosses the Bridge Down South

The only other confirmed transfer in recent times is the departure of Wayne Bridge, who has moved on loan to West Ham for the remainder of the season. The vast majority of City fans won’t be too down-heartened at this news, as the former Chelsea defender has fallen down the pecking order at the club and the deal is probably beneficial for all concerned. We have enough cover in the left-back position should the need arise, so to get Bridge off the wage bill is a huge bonus.

Emmanuel AdeByeBye

Although not yet confirmed, it looks like Emmanuel Adebayor will be the next player to depart the Man City ship. The Togo international, whose City career started so brightly with four goals in his first four games, has never seen eye to eye with manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian views him as a troublemaker and someone who is not prepared to put the effort in during training to earn his place in the starting eleven. Real Madrid are a possible destination although Malaga have emerged in the past couple of days as a feasible outlet, flush as they are with money following a recent takeover. The arrival of Džeko has pushed him further down the pecking order and he would not be a great loss if he were to depart.

Shaun to be SWePt Away From Eastlands

It appears that the popular, diminutive winger may be on his way from the Blues for the second time, with rumoured interest from a number of Premier League clubs. Despite his love for City, Wright-Phillips isn’t up to the level we desire and his performances so far this season have been less than impressive. He is someone who needs to  playing week in week out to recapture the form of which he is capable, and a move, whether permanent or temporary, would do him the world of good. Blackburn, Fulham, Wigan and Liverpool have all been linked him, so it would be no surprise to see him leave.

Santa Fails to Deliver the Goods

One further player who seems to be on his way out is Paraguay international Roque Santa Cruz. Plagued with injuries since he joined the Blues, his City career (just like my idea for a plane with only one wing) never took off. Mancini has repeatedly praised his attitude and professionalism but the manager has never been convinced with Santa Cruz’s quality. For what it’s worth, my opinion is that he is still a decent player and a better bet than Jo to score goals. It’s a shame things never worked out for Santa Cruz, but he may well be reunited with former club Blackburn in the near future. One could say that he was never in Cruz control at City – it was a Roque road for him, but I wish him all the best.

Emmanuel Adebayor – Keep Him or Sell Him: VOTE HERE

24 Nov

The January transfer window doesn’t officially open for quite some time, but Emmanuel Adebayor has claimed that he has already agreed a deal to sign for Juventus on loan. City have declared this statement to be untrue, and whilst I won’t detail the extent of my thoughts on this matter until it is confirmed one way or another, I thought this would be a good opportunity to get your views on the situation.

Please take the time to vote in the following poll and comment below with your opinion.

WAYNE ROONEY to Man City? – VOTE HERE…

19 Oct

When I have more time at my disposal, I will give my thoughts on what is set to be the most intriguing transfer story in history, but for now, it’s a simple vote. Purely considering football reasons, would you like to see Wayne Rooney at Manchester City? If you want, please leave your comments below. And think carefully!

Do MAN CITY Need James Milner?

11 Aug

In answer to the above question, of course not! But with our financial capability, would he be a useful addition? Of course! And therein lies what many perceive to be our undoubted strength, although along with a number of others, I believe that strength could soon turn into our weakness.

No reasonable person could argue with validity that City are crying out for Milner. Our midfield is without doubt the strongest area of our squad, with a plethora of stars vying for just a handful of players. Apologies for the following rather lengthy list, but it just highlights the vast number of players who could occupy those midfield positions: Shaun Wright-Phillips, Vladi Weiss, Pablo Zabaleta, Patrick Vieira, Michael Johnson, Yaya Touré, Nigel de Jong, Vincent Kompany, Gareth Barry, Stephen Ireland, Craig Bellamy, Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva, Abdi Ibrahim and Craig Bellamy. Admittedly, some of those, most notably Bellamy and Ireland, are expected to leave in the near future but a large pool to choose from would still remain.

So why then, have we consistently been linked with Milner, whose move to City looks set to be finalised by the end of this week. The former Newcastle man is now an established England international, someone whose versatility Roberto Mancini admires. The tee-total player, who holds the record number of caps for England Under 21’s, is adept at playing anywhere across the middle, having started his career as a winger, but then moved into the centre last season to great effect. Moreover, in case of emergency, he can fill in at fullback.

His strengths are his tenacity, willingness to work for the team and his crossing ability. But with Mancini expected to favour the diamond formation this campaign, the last of those three qualities will not be in evidence as much. At the moment, the plan is to have de Jong holding the midfield, with Barry and Yaya Touré further forward, acting as box-to-box enforcers, and new signing David Silva operating at the tip of the diamond, with a licence to roam.

Milner would be expected to replace his former Aston Villa teammate Gareth Barry in the engine room, which links back with my earlier suggestions of how our vast squad may suffer from rotation. Someone like Barry, another regular international, will not be content with sitting on the bench, and only occasionally playing. Throughout our squad, there are other players in a similar position, players who would expect to walk into any other side, yet may find themselves marginalised at the Blues. So that just leaves you to vote in the following poll. Many thanks for reading and any comments beneath are, as ever, appreciated.

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