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Will Jo Stay At City?

Manchester City striker Jo has returned to the fold following a successful loan period at Everton, but what now for the 22-year-old Brazilian?

João Alves de Assis Silva came to Eastlands last summer after City paid CSKA Moscow over £19 million for his services, a deal in my opinion signed and sealed prior to Mark Hughes appointment, but with only a handful of appearances before being farmed out on loan what can the 6"2' forward expect in the near future?

With just six league appearances and one league goal to his City name Jo is going to find it hard to break into next seasons first team, and that's without any new recruits moving their way to Manchester.

The current forward pecking order is always up for debate but with Felipe Caicedo hitting a run of form before the seasons end, Jo wouldn't even make the bench especially when the gaffers favourite, Craig Bellamy sorts out his injuries.

The of course Valeri Bojinov has returned and is pushing for a first team place, while Ched Evans is chomping at the bit and eager to impress the gaffer.

Speculation is rife especially as we draw ever closer to July 1 and the start of the annual summer transfer window. The endless list of potential new signings is nothing but mind boggling and so in my opinion Jo's days at Sports City are numbered.

Everton were reportedly interested in making last seasons loan deal permanent, however the Toffee's simply cannot afford his wages, or even offer a suitable transfer offer.

Unless his fortunes change and quickly Jo is going to spend the next 12 months sat on the bench, or even worse, he'll become the most expensive regular reserve team player in the history of Manchester City FC.

The journalist

Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 31 2009

Time: 1:39PM

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Hughes will probably watch him in training before deciding his future. If he still can't head the ball or hold it up like a proper CF, he has to go. I hope he can show improvement because it would save us a lot of money if we didn't have to buy a new Cf like drogba et al...
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31/05/2009 14:02:00

I don't think Hughes fancies him at all. To be honest, Moyes always sounded like he was disappointed with Jo's lack of application. That said, we'd take him on loan at the Reebok. We're absolutely crying out for a bit of class up front.
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31/05/2009 14:33:00

Jo would have to remodel his game completely to remain at city. Hes a support striker, droping deep, linking up with wagnerlove at CSKA. Even midget bellamy and young caicedo hold the ball better thn jo. Hughes fancies 4-2-3-1 and with a city squad lacking physical strengh, slim line jo is what we need to hold the ball up. Jo played upfront alone at everton and did well - only because everton are a better team than city and they are jam packed with grafters. Jo's elegance fitted in well. If i were hughes, id sell him, because we can sign better strikers than jo. BUT it is his first season and he will improve and brazilians tend to play out of theirs skins in a build up to the world cup year (watch elano fly next season if he stays) and i think hughes gave jo much support if im honest. If city get tevez, would hughes be tempted to see if jo and tevez can rekindle their successful partnership at corinthians in brazil.... it would be interesting to see. Summer transfers at eastlands will be exciting!
enzo city
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31/05/2009 15:35:00

It all depends on what players Hughes buys, of course. But it would be nice to see what Joao could achieve. I honestly don't see Ched Evans ever being good enough, whereas with Joao there is the chance he could create something with the right strike partner, whether that be Tevez, or Bellamy. We've never seen Joao play alongside Bellamy and you never know. I keep remembering how good Joao looked in Russia. Playing alongside Wagner Love he looked worth £20M.
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31/05/2009 18:23:00

I reckon Thaksin's advisers bought the wrong man. I am sure it was Love they were after and his more robust style would have been ideal for us. If Jo's going up the road, I don't know who'd fork out for him.
Johnny Baguette
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31/05/2009 21:14:00

I don't see him staying beyond this coming season unless there is a big improvement ......even for the Toffee's he was patchy.
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