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Selling City Out?

Vital Manchester City member, Mr Kev sent us the following...

Since the Arab takeover I've found myself defending our club and our owners to a lot of other footie fans. We've thrown a lot of money around in the last 12 months, starting of course with Robinho at a British record value of £32.5m. There's been a lot of criticism of him and his work rate. People have said we've overspent on him. I have defended the buy from day one.

He is evidently a phenomenal talent and Sheikh Mansour needed to do something to prove he was serious. A statement of intent, if you will. Since then, we overpaid on Nigel De Jong - a necessary move, to prevent him joining a 'bigger club' in the summer; spent big on Craig Bellamy, but injuries aside, he has been a solid purchase. Shay Given, for me, at £8m is a phenomenal bargain.

Now we come to the summer. Gareth Barry, at £12m, is another shrewd piece of business. He has already began to show his class in SA. No-one doubts his skill and commitment. Santa-Cruz is a man who we have probably paid too much for, but Hughes clearly feels he is a player he really wants. I am prepared to give him a chance to prove his worth.

Tevez was a masterstroke, a full blooded player who defences hate playing against. He will also add crucial goals that we lacked last season. And now we come to Adebayor.

I immediately had reservations about this. I don't know a single Arsenal fan who was not keen to see him go. No-one doubts the talent, but after fighting on the pitch with Bendtner, openly inviting offers for his services from Milan and a host of European clubs, one has to question his motivation. I would have liked to have seen Bojinov get a chance to prove his worth, but again, I was prepared to give Hughes the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Today though, I am starting to feel a little unnerved. In the Sunday Times today there is an article suggesting that we are on the verge of signing Lescott, Terry and Kolo Toure. Where does this leave Onouha?

Last season he was outstanding. Certainly he was our second best academy graduate, and won Player of the Month twice. There was a credible rumour of a senior England call up and I for one was delighted with and for him.

Throughout the summer, Hughes & Cook have been saying that Onouha is going nowhere and, furthermore, that the Academy remains key to our plans. But if we are to buy three centre backs to move ahead of him in the pecking order, what incentive is there for him to stay? What message does it send out to the remainder of the Academy? I actually feel that as a defender, Nedum is a better player than Toure anyway and has the potential to be one of the very best. If someone of Nedum's calibre is going to be squeezed out, without even being given a chance, I will begin to find it very difficult to defend our transfer policy.

I do not want City to buy a winning team, as Chelsea have. I want some of the top class talent Jim Cassell has been nurturing for the last 15 years to be allowed to realise their potential in the Premier League and ultimately the Champions League. I want this to be in a Sky Blue shirt. I would like to see one world class centre back come to City and for Nedum to learn everything he can from them, so that he becomes the very best player he can be. I believe buying in a new defence and ousting him would be a mistake, but more than that, it would be a sign that we are prepared to sell the soul of our club to speed success. For me this is a step too far.

What do you think?

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Writer:Mr Kev
Date:Sunday July 26 2009
Time: 4:07PM


I can't fault much of what has been said in this article.
26/07/2009 16:13:00
No need to worry bout Terry anymore lads. I guess the lure of 300k a week just doesn't have the pulling power of playing with real footballers hungry to win silverware!! Carefree and all that jazz. Toodles :P
26/07/2009 16:14:00
Stop reading the papers.
26/07/2009 16:29:00
we will have youth talent in our team when we lift a trophy next year or the year for feeling bad?????flying over to see city play milwall on a horrible wet night not so long ago and drawing one all with em.....THATS FEELING BAD!!
26/07/2009 16:48:00
Would you sooner have Alan Kernigan?
26/07/2009 17:05:00
Ireland, swp, richards, johnson, onouha, weiss and a few others are all in citys first team. We could have added sturridge to that list but he left on his own accord. I don't think we are in the market for 3 centre backs as suggested, although Hughes will no doubt have 3 of more targets incase some options fall through--- ie terry. City need to establish themselves in the top 4 and then we can focus on blooding young players alongside world class stars. Surely this will be more beneficial to their learning curve- look how Ireland has done since robinho came. I wouldn't worry about the paper talk, when are they ever right !!!???
26/07/2009 17:10:00
I have to agree with EddieBell. The stories of Lescott, Terry AND Toure coming were absolute tosh. We'd been linked with all three, and it's a fair bet than we'd really bidded for all three, but clearly Toure and even Lescott were fallbacks for not getting Terry. However, the media put this together with our large number of strikers and decided that this meant Hughes wants 10 central defenders, too. Complete nonsense, and not a story you should put any faith in.
26/07/2009 17:17:00
terry wasnt ever going to come and everyone got caught up in the hype and im glad its over.i think if we can get toure and lescott then ned will rise to the challenge and you will see him develop more and not just ned because the same can be said for swp,ireland,johnson etc etc who will bloom with all these good players coming in.
Mike Hunt
26/07/2009 17:28:00
Hughes has said time and again that he wants to run with a 25-man first team squad. That means eight defenders. We have Richards, Onuoha, team-captain Dunne, Bridge, Zabaleta, Tal Ben Haim and Garrido. That's seven, with Logan out on loan. Of the seven, Ben Haim and Garrido seem most likely to go, and they are Left and Right Backs, but nothing is for sure. If we bring in Lescott, that would be a shrewd move as he is a very capable Left Back as well as Centre Back, hence Hughes could potentially allow Garrido to move on. But Everton are making it very difficult for us to secure the England International, though we have made a bid. The massive bid for Terry is now defunct as he has officially said he will not leave Chelsea. If we brought Toure in, then it would not be as a replacement for Onuoha, as I'm sure our England U21 international knows very well. We desperately need more strength in depth for Centre Back. Any successful Premiership season will need cover for more than 50 games per season. By far our most durable defender over the last five years has been Dunne who has an average of 33 games per season. Two central defenders at 50 games per season therefore requires at least three central defenders, more realistically four. I'm absolutely sure that if you asked Nedum Onuoha whether he would be happy for the opportuunity to play 30 or so games for a successful City then the answer would be a resounding "yes." Methinks you're worrying about nothing, Mr Kev.
26/07/2009 17:32:00
I think you worry too much. It is easy to see these players coming in and the ones we are supposedly after, and think 'where does that leave our Academy Stars?'. But they have said all along that the Academy is very important, and the ones that have/are coming through are proving their worth.
26/07/2009 17:33:00
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