Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Belief In Bojinov

Belief In Bojinov

Last month we called on Mark Hughes to hold on to Felipe Caicedo. This month City's 'Raging Bulgar' Valeri Bojinov is the young striker we're recommending must stay...

We may well have some deadwood in the City squad up front and it's due to be shipped out once the gaffer is content with the signings he's brought in, but we also have some rich promise in there too which The Blues would do well to secure.

Of course, the news wires remain full of the superstar striker signings City are clearly in for. Talks continue with Barcelona over the brilliant Samuel Eto'o and Kiavash Joorabchian's Carlos Tevez remains very much on the radar.

The latest multi-millionaire to be talked up is the surly Didier 'it's an effing disgrace' Drogba. No doubt once he publicly says 'no thanks' to the rumours he'll be the next to be inexplicably fawned over by the hacks for admirably turning down 'City's millions.'

Looking at City's striking options as they stand today, we are surely looking at the departures of Benjani and Darius Vassell. I'd go further to suggest Ched Evans joins them. None of these players when brought on as a substitute have ever turned a game in our favour.

The hapless Jo's City future remains very much in doubt and it certainly looks as if Daniel Sturridge has sulked himself into isolation. I don't think anyone across Planet Blue would lose too much sleep if Vass, Benjani, Chedwyn, Jo and Sturridge are gone before our season kicks off at home to, er, Wolverhampton Wanderers?

There's no way in this world or the next that Hughes will jettison the once again knee knacked Craig Bellamy and it's highly likely he will go back for 'Crocky' Santa Cruz before this summer is out.

So assuming the infamous five above head for the taxi rank and with Santa Cruz almost 'definitely maybe,' then you're looking at forward line options consisting of Santa Cruz, Bellamy, Caicedo, Robinho and Bojinov before any other strikers come in.

There's already a varied mix in there of youth and experience which from where I'm typing is handily set up for a domestic competition focused campaign. Of course, you must factor in injury histories and only Caicedo seems to be the strongest of the five hypothetically remaining so it makes sense to bring in the likes of an Eto'o or a Tevez to bolster the options.

The concern with squad rebuilding of the sort Hughesy and his backroom team are currently embarked upon backed by unprecedented funds is that a young player with enormous potential could become overlooked, forgotten or sense he's not going to feature the next season and decide to jump ship. Sturridge has made it clear through his silence where he stands, but the 22 year old Bojinov has declared his will to stick around and give it a go.

The lad has won many admirers among the SportCity faithful for the way he has battled back from two previously career threatening injuries. By all accounts he is brilliant to have around Carrington such is his upbeat outlook. It's clear he has a real bond with City's travelling army too, such was the reaction to his recent brilliant strike at Tottenham.

Bojinov said:

'I enjoy being here, and I'm very happy with City because they stood by me through injury. I would like to stay, and if I can I will, but you can't guarantee you will play and next season is very important for me...

' want to play more games but that depends on the boss. I played 11 games and I enjoyed them, but I need to stay clear of injury, and I need a very good pre-season. Getting the goal at Tottenham was important to me. It was very difficult not to be training and not to be with the team. Every striker loves to score, so I was happy with the goal but not the result. I thought I'd get the winner.'

It's that self belief that if Hughes can harness and then bring the lad on, could save City tens of millions in the transfer market. You don't make your debut in Serie A for Lecce at 15 years old without having something about you. There are many clubs in Italy who would take Bojinov now, let alone many in the Premier League.

However, the signs are good that The Boj will be sticking around to mix up City's attacking options. His agent, Gerry Palomba, having spoken to Hughesy revealed:

'Manchester City have assured me that he remains a key part of their squad. He has been very unfortunate with injury, but they intend to continue the working relationship and have no plans to part.'

Earlier in the season, Mark Hughes himself stated:

'At the moment, Valeri is still an unknown quantity for everybody. He was an outstanding teenager and people paid a lot of money for him because they recognised the ability he had. Unfortunately, his career has hit the buffers because of injuries. I had him in my starting line-up for the first game of the season, that is how highly I rate him.'

Reassuring words for the barrel chested competitor with cult potential.

Despite all the City Globetrotter/ Galactico bollox you hear off many rival fans, hacks and pundits, City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has made it clear that the intention is for City to develop, nurture and create our own superstars alongside internationally established top quality players.

Bojinov has already shown us what he is capable of and alongside Caicedo could prove to be a key player for Manchester City in the years to come.

A big benefit of City's hierarchy committing to Mark Hughes is that continuity will give the chance that the likes of unfortunate players like Bojinov and Michael Johnson deserve.


Vital MC will be sporting a new look very shortly and the VMC Community has been tasked with designing a new banner for our home page. Please check out the latest designs and give us your vote!



Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing Independent City Website of the past season. There's more to come - Be Here Now and join our worldwide community debate as City's summer of change unfolds:

For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday June 11 2009
Time: 9:41AM


Would love the Boj to stay - we haven't seen the best of him yet. A fully fit Boj is something i look forward to seeing.
11/06/2009 12:44:00
Boj is a good player, but he is very injury prone and misses large chunks of the season. Sensible choice would be to sell him and get injury free forwards in. If (when ) boj breaks down again, with bellamy evitably injured at most stages next season (as always) then we will be down to caceido or whoever we buy will be the only strikers we can rely on. That simply isnt dood enough if want to achieve big things next year. To be honest boj has only shown a few glimpses of brillance, but is it enough to suggest we can rely on him for a whole season? With his injury record? I wouldnt agree that he could do the job - based on what evidence. Id rather buy sell him and buy two of (eto, tevez, forlan, aguero, higuain, luis fabiano,dzeko, pandev)
enzo city
11/06/2009 13:04:00
I think we should give the lad a chance. He's only had a handful of games. he knows what's required in the Prem and has been at the club for two seasons. Still only 22 with time on his side after two freak yet serious long term injuries. He's done amazingly to make it back from those nightmares and is very popular within the City squad. He's combative and not unlike Potato Head at the swamp in his aggression. He was getting into Spurs defenders within seconds of coming on last month. That's something we've been missing at City in a long time.
Johnny Baguette
11/06/2009 13:12:00
I think we will see the best of Boj in the new season .....fully fit , confidence returned .....We have a potential great on or hands.
11/06/2009 18:43:00
I really want to see what Bojinov can do. He was very well thought of in Italy and he's looked great here when (rarely) fit... But if he does get another long term injury I don't think there would be a way back for him, with City. He does have the appetite I think to give us one good season -- and to get the expected return to a top club in Italy he will need to show his quality.
13/06/2009 18:17:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Video: Sergio Aguero Struts His Stuff

Sergio Aguero is filmed training in the gym, but that doesn't stop him showing off a dance move or two.

Man City v Linkoping Live Stream: (Wed 21 March 2018)

Watch today's live coverage of Manchester City v Linkoping in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final first leg. Kick off 7pm GMT.

Last Six Unique European Football Champions

Can you name the six most recent unique champions of England's Premier League, France's Ligue 1, Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A, Germany's Bundesliga..

Man City v QPR: Purest Sound Ever Made In Human History

The goal sound to end all goal sounds. The Premier League's greatest moment. It won't get any better than this, and here's the greatest video of it.

Manchester City Archived Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

When Joe Hart leaves City, for good in the summer where will he go?
Suggested By: Tudor
Another Premier League team54%
Lower league English side2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

1.Johnny Baguette363
3.Buzz Lightyear187
5.Colin Is The King163
The Vital Football Members League