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Why We Still Need Richard Dunne

Taking all sentimentality out of it, Hughes has said he will run with a 25-man squad and that he will only sell when it improves the squad and its BALANCE.

Sinbad sent us the following...

Okay, these make up 25:


Shay Given (IRL)
Joe Hart (ENG)
Kasper Schmeichel (DEN)


Wayne Bridge (ENG)
Richard Dunne (IRL)
Javier Garrido (ESP)
Micah Richards (ENG)
Nedum Onuoha (ENG)
Pablo Zabaleta (ARG)


Gareth Barry (ENG)
Nigel de Jong (NED)
Elano (BRA)
Martin Petrov (BUL)
Michael Johnson (ENG)
Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG)
Stephen Ireland (IRL)
Vincent Kompany (BEL)
Vladimir Weiss (SVK)


Craig Bellamy (WAL)
Benjani Mwaruwari (ZIM)
Carlos Tevez (ARG)
Felipe Caicedo (ECU)
Robinho (BRA)
Roque Santa Cruz (PRY)
Valeri Bojinov (BUL)

Then some to move on:

Shaleum Logan (ENG) - Loan?
Tal Ben-Haim (ISR) -- Loan or sale?
Kelvin Etuhu (NGR) -- Loan?
J (BRA) -- Loan
Ched Evans (WAL) -- Loan?

Now, looking at the balance, there are clearly too few defenders and too many attackers. So how would it help City in purely football terms, to sell Dunne? He wasn't a sparkling diamond last season but he plays a lot of games, he's our captain, he's our longest-serving player. He brings continuity and stability.

My view is that even if we got Terry, we MUST keep Dunne. Terry has only been managing 28 appearances a year for Chelsea and if we have a good season we'll need cover for 50+.

Even so I'd say Caicedo was more likely to be loaned out than Dunne sold. Dunne is very cost effective -- basically a fraction of what we are offering Terry. And surely Garrido would be closer the exit than Dunne?

Sentimentality aside -- and I do admit I like Richard Dunne -- I don't think he'll be going anywhere. And I still think he'll be kept if we bought Terry AND Lescott. In that case I would fancy us to sell Garrido because Lescott can easily play left back cover for Bridge.

All the talk about losing Dunne is to me half-baked and emotional. There is simply NO football reason to let him go, and plenty of reasons to keep him.

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Writer: Sinbad Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 15 2009

Time: 8:37PM

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No football reason to let him go? Erm, needless red cards near the ends of games, horribly destructive red cards early mid-match, goals scored for the opposition? I would argue that we judge Dunne on merits, and if we bring in two defenders like I expect we won't need his cover. Dunne won't get much playing time but might feel entitled to it and might pull an Elano. Let's move Nedum up the depth chart and give him playing time and allow him to fluorish. Dunne is still riding his 07-08 form and it's time for City to move on.
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15/07/2009 20:47:00

I think Dunny is simply tops! Hope he's still Captain Calamity next season. With all the money that is being thrown around it's good to have some sense of the unpredictable beast that is City still in the starting XI. Also I'd love for him to actually win something with us after the efforts he's put in over the years. He has been player of the year four times in nine years so I feel we may be a little bit blinded by the riches we have at our disposal when suggestions arise that we don't need him any more. I think we can afford to be a little more generous to players who have 'served' us so well.
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15/07/2009 20:57:00

Feck it. Let's play Given and 10 attackers. Have it!
Johnny Baguette
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15/07/2009 21:04:00

Dunne can get the job done and do it well for 75% of the time. Unfortunately the rest is full of howlers only to be shown after watershed. I think that if he is second choice behind a quality CB, when we do need him, hopefully he can give us his best. Keep him.
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15/07/2009 21:12:00

Love your sense of humour! Why don't we just give the opposition a goal start instead?
City Girl
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15/07/2009 21:31:00

Dunne is too much of a pro to 'pull an Elano'. I say keep him, even if people disagree then that's fine, but please don't verbally abuse him on here as he's still the captain on paper and player of the year on numerous occasions, if you go to the games you'll notice how many times (unmentioned) he gets us out of the ***t. He deserves so much more than the bile some people pour on him.
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15/07/2009 21:35:00

PS....Joe Hart!?
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15/07/2009 21:35:00

I agree RC. Dunney is still the best CB we have in the squad.
Buzz Lightyear
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15/07/2009 21:37:00

With your money, a situation easily rectified. Go sign a central defender or two. There are others out there besides John Terry. Dunne's talent is not on par with your ambition (anymore). I appreciate the loyalty, but if he's not willing to be a sub, then let him go.
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15/07/2009 21:55:00

Well said Sinbad, Dunney is still a legend in my eyes.
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15/07/2009 21:59:00

yeah we are top heavy with attackers, thats cos Sparky's come up with a new formation for the coming season....its 1 1 9.... attack is the best defence as they
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15/07/2009 22:15:00

As the squad stands we cant afford to let him go. I think he would be a perfect squad player myself because he will still perform to a level to get you through a majority of games in the PL and cup games. I guess until you know where Hughes is going to play Kompany and also who Hughes will pick up in the market, its hard to know at this stage. I see perhaps Dunney staying at least until the Jan window. By then we will all have a much better pciture of where we are at and if Dunney is playing.
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15/07/2009 23:26:00

joe hart - loan
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15/07/2009 23:40:00

Last season he was inconsistent, but in 07-08 season he was spectacular. we have not yet signed a single defender in this window so Still we need him. so this talk is no need now coz he's the one of the experienced player and we shuld stick to him for now
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16/07/2009 03:44:00

City Girl is back!!!! :)
enzo city
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16/07/2009 11:29:00


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