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Manchester City's Defence - The Review

Manchester City's Defence - The Review

Manchester City's defence is now our number one problem in that it needs addressing and NOW.

Budding blogger Blue Lad Scragg sent us the following...

Last season we let in 50 goals through a leaky defence, therefore it doesn't take a genius to work out that the plug needs sorting, sooner rather than later. Yes it is good to see that Hughes knows were our failing are - phew!

The club is chasing Lescott who today (21/07/09) demanded to speak to City after Everton turned down a £15m bid. And then of course there is John Terry who is going to ask Chelsea to give him permission to speak to City. I must say this news is promising. Hopefully either one, or both of these deals will be finalised in the coming days.

Let's have a look at our current defensive line-up?

1) Nedum Onouha, who is becoming better and better with every game he plays and can count himself a regular after his performances last season. He is also a possible contender for the captain's armband this season.

Chances of Starting: 7/10

2) Micah Richards, who may have had a bad season last year still he shows lots of promise and potential. He also showed what a good player he was whilst playing for the England U21's during last months Euro's. Micah will now have to compete with Zabaleta for the right back spot.

Chances of Starting: 6/10

3) Richard Dunne, who over the years has been a fantastic servant to City but of recent he has become less reliable and more prone to making rash challenges. I still think he is worth keeping hold of and could flourish if you take the weight of the captaincy off his shoulders.

Chances of Starting: 4/10

4) Pablo Zabaleta, one of Hughes' best buys and is reliable and will give 100% every game. He is also a very adaptable player regularly slotting in at midfield. He will be an important and influential player this season.

Chances of Starting: 8/10

5) Wayne Bridge, he is now the obvious choice at left back and although not a world beater, possibly because of the lack of first team football he got at Chelsea he is still not up to the level of awareness as the others. A big season for the England international.

Chances of Starting: 9/10

6) Javier Garrido, the Spaniard has seen his chances limited since the arrival of Bridge but he has promised to stay at City and fight for his place. Garrido lacks one major attribute as a left back, and that is pace. He is often caught out and leaves big holes at the back. In my opinion, I can only see Garrido leaving as his chances will be further limited if the German whiz-kid Nils Zander keeps developing at his current level, baring in mind the kid is only 16.

Chances of Starting: 3/10

7) Tal Ben Haim, probably the worst of the bunch. The Israeli has struggled to nail down a first team spot under Hughes and was overlooked by Ricky Sbragia during his loan spell at Sunderland where he amassed only five appearances. He days are numbered and will probably move on. (Fingers crossed!)

Chances of Starting: 1/10

We also have the young Ryan McGivren who plays at left back, Shaleum Logan who plays at right back and Ben Mee who plays centre half. More on these youngsters at a later date.

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Writer:Blue Lad Scragg
Date:Tuesday July 21 2009
Time: 9:56PM


What an excellent analysis, I find it hard to disagree with what you say. I equally agree that Zab should start at right back in prerence to Micah, as he has better positional play and also can cross the ball better. How many telling crosses have you seen Micah deliver? I also agree we should keep hold of Dunny as back up provided he remains a positive influence in the squad. I also thoiught both McGivern and Mee looked very composed tonight which is good for the future. Thanks for sharing your thoughts which I believe are spot on.
21/07/2009 22:03:00
Simply having Admin place a picture of ben Haim at the top, says all you need to know about our defence.
21/07/2009 22:03:00
Well if we don't do something soon about our back line we will have to get used to scorelines like 10 - 5 ..given our strike capacity..
21/07/2009 22:10:00
Good article. Very impressed with Mee, Vidal and McGivern tonight. I hope we get to see more of the three of them as they all seemed comfortable on the ball and in the tackle. DeJong gave the ball away more than them. There was a lovely little cameo near the end of Weiss with Vidal on the right but Benjani wasn't alert to the cute little through ball. Surely, with young talent like that in the squad we don't need a mistake prone defender like Dunne who can't pass the ball out from the back without resorting to skying it up to the opposition or kamikaze tackling. It is obvious that the captaincy isn't the only weight he is carrying. He is the equivalent of Benjani up top. Nice guys but just not good enough and too old to improve. We've got about as much chance of cutting mistakes out of his defending as we have of stopping Benjani straying off-side. We will go nowhere with either of them in the squad. We have been ruthless with our forward recruitment we need the same at the back. Terry is worth waiting for, Lescott is not. He needs to put in a transfer request or we should move on and get in an alternative top class defender now.
City Girl
21/07/2009 23:12:00
I agree City Girl, the two lads in the back look like they knew each others games and this will have been a great experience for them, but they I don't think they are ready yet to step up to the Premier. Good assessment BLS, I dont agree with all your marks but they do come pretty close.
Buzz Lightyear
22/07/2009 04:49:00
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22/07/2009 10:41:00
Tom14 : The reality is that although you have a good manager you do not have enough money to compete, a thing that he himself has said on occassions. Whilst money does not guarantee success it does help and any side that is not in the Top4 moneywise will soon slip out of the Top4 football wise. That regrettably is the reality for you Arsenal fans, so please get used to it. Oh yes and your comments show you realise this as they smell of fear, yes lotsa fear.
22/07/2009 10:53:00
I very much understand that money helps, and Arsenal do hot have as much as most - that is obvious. I also get that Man City will most probably end up winning the league year after year. But you cannot assume that it is Arsenal who will drop out of the big four. The recession has already hit Chelsea and Liverpool, with Man Utd being more than careful. As for Toure - believe me, if you sign him you will have taken our third/fourth chocie center back who cannot win headers, has no positional sense, is quickly slowing down, no leadership ability, always returns from the African Cup of Nations overweight and a guy who is not an improvement on Kompany or Onuoha. Love the guy, but he is an average defender.
22/07/2009 11:08:00
Tom 14: Thanks for your rational defence. Yes I do accept that for once City are in a positive position as they do not have any debt and a rather nice Sugar Daddy who is indulging us. Believe me I would much rather us push out our Rag neighbours, it is just that Arsenal appear on paper to be the most vunerable given your playing resources .... excellent footballers but lacking experience and almost inevitably have purple patches and dips. Lets agree to disagree and both hope it is the Rags that are actually pushed out of the Top4 ... if they are the drinks are on me!!!
22/07/2009 11:39:00
I don't agree with the general idea that we are inexperienced and full of kids etc. But I understand that we are most likely to drop out because we were fourth last year. What people seem to forget is that we were top of the league for most of the previous season, only for the title to be pulled from under our feet with injuries to Eduardo, Rosicky, Sagna and van Persie. Our squad is vastly under-rated, with only a new midfielder and another striker (maybe a center back if we do sell Toure and Senderos) being needed to allow us to challenge.
22/07/2009 12:06:00
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