Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Dunne And Dusted?

Dunne And Dusted?

Google language translator


The bulky Irishman joined City in 2000, as a replacement for Richard Edghill. He originally joined the club as a right-back, but soon found himself occupying at the heart of the defence. Richard has played over 266 games for the Blues, but is now the right time for Dunne to pack up his bags and his boxes of Pukka pies and leave Manchester?

This season has not been the greatest of all starts. His own goal against Bolton and his costly mistake against Spurs managed to completely dent my opinion on his ability to perform. Many of you will most likely state that it`s a confidence thing, but in my opinion it`s a case of Jekyll and Hyde. We all know that Dunne can be as solid as a rock in patches and has found his place in many hearts of us City Fans, but the club is moving forward and Richard Dunne seems to be moving backwards. His mistakes have proved costly and instead of challenging the likes of Aston Villa and Everton, we find ourselves around Sunderland and Stoke. Don`t get me wrong im not completely blaming Dunne, but he is one of the main problems this season.

Mark Hughes however does not seem to be to bothered about the lack of form Dunne shows. The Welshman spoke to the media earlier this month where he backed the Centre-back to come good again. He told the Mirror:

'People will highlight all the recent situations and the goals we've conceded in which Richard has been involved,' said Hughes.

'But people forget how many times he has saved this team - not just this season but in the past. He's still in credit in respect of the times he has saved us.
'It's just a spell he's going through, he'll come through it. He's a strong character and I have no worries in that particular respect."

Mark Hughes seems to be living in the past. I agree that he has saved City on numerous occasions, but I have never seen him in this form before. A mistake here and there is ok, but to depend on a player who seems to be lacking in performance every week is simply not good enough.

I pray that Richard Dunne begins to show his true colors again, because I do want to remember the good things rather than the mistakes when he either moves or retires, but the thing that annoys me is, the Irishman is set to return to the defense against Arsenal tomorrow. I know Ben-Haim is about as good as Russell Brand`s prank calls, but why not try out Onouha, or even Berti? I am amazed to why Hughes brought in Berti? If he is not good enough then why did we spend money on him at a time when we didn`t no what our financial future would be.

What would you do if you were Hughes? Would you continue to play the Irishman and risk the fact he may never regain his high standard of performance or do you believe that Dunne is well and truly dusted?

Writer:amcollinz
Date:Friday November 21 2008
Time: 8:36PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Red Card Report 2017 - The Chinese Market

The sixth edition of the Red Card report into how European clubs fare in the Chinese fan market has now been released.

The Manchester City Walking Wounded - Injury Table

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Manchester City and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

FA Cup Quarter Finals Get 4th Sub

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has confirmed that those clubs involved in this year's Quarter Finals of the FA Cup will get a fourth substitute...

BT Sport Show Boro v Man City / Huddersfield FA Cup Tie

If Manchester City overcome Championship side Huddersfield Town on Wednesday, 1 March (BBC One - kick off 19:45 GMT) in the FA Fifth Round replay then Blues unable...

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

With City not playing this weekend which live English TV game will you watch?
Suggested By: Tudor
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday (Sky)8%
Brighton v Reading (Sky)7%
Norwich v Ipswich (Sky)0%
Spuds v Stoke (Sky)0%
Saints v Rags (EPL Cup Final - Sky)7%
Watford v West Ham (BT)0%
Two of the above0%
Three of the above7%
Four of the above0%
Five of the above0%
All six0%
I won't watch any71%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 26 2017 2:15PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2017 4:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 11 2017 12:30PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2017 4:30PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 5 2017 7:45PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear559
2.Skoorb269
3.Johnny Baguette264
4.Rising143
5.Bluedub139
6.johnkelv108
7.Tudor107
8.citizhun77
9.Colin Is The King74
10.kennyclementstache61
Write for Vital Football