UK time is: 22:24:43
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sparky To Select Horses For Courses



Heading into our Arsenal showdown week, Mark Hughes has emphasised to the official site how he intends to utilise his revitalised 24 man squad this season...

While the majority of 'The Street of Shame*' and other media sources relentlessly peddle drivel throughout the international break over Robinho definitely going to Barçelona er, 'next time' or that Richard Dunne's wife is a top pay off deal broker, the City gaffer remains focused on City's footballing issues.

He first addressed the rumblings throughout football that he will struggle to accomodate his 10 star signings this year. To the horror of waves of critics, it could be that Sparky has forged an all for one and one for all mentality within his squad:

'There's an understanding that at times the next game or opposition might not be the right one for them to be in the side. I look at the opposition and the threats our players can make - against different teams you need different threats. That will always come into my thinking, and the players understand that. It's about making sure we have the right team for the right opposition.'

That means that certainly up front, Hughes' strikers can expect to undergo some form of rotation. For example, Bellamy's competitiveness will surely be preferred to Robinho's lightweight tackling efforts when the going get's tough, as it most assuredly will do.

The City boss then turned his attention to what is planned for players who are sidelined at any stage:

'We ensure that if they don't get significant first-team action, they get more work in training than the ones who have played 90 minutes. It's important they have the ability to make an impact when called upon. They understand how my staff work - it's not a punishment that they have to do extra work out of the team, it's because we want to give them the best chance of being successful when they do get called upon.

'They understand that that work has to be done - they know that it's a long season, that there will be times when they have to have an impact, so they have to be ready.'

With the transfer window having formally closed following the victory at Portsmouth, it's an ideal time to take a look at exactly who Sparky will be calling upon before the season goes up a gear...

Sparky's New Look City Senior Squad In Full:

Goalkeepers:

1. Shay Given (IRL)
12. Stuart Taylor (ENG)

Defenders:

19. Joleon Lescott (ENG)
16. Sylvinho (BRA)
3. Wayne Bridge (ENG)
15. Javier Garrido (ESP)
4. Nedum Onuoha (ENG)
2. Micah Richards (ENG)
28. Kolo Toure (CIV)
5. Pablo Zabaleta (ARG)

Midfielders:

18. Gareth Barry (ENG)
34. Nigel de Jong (NED)
7. Stephen Ireland (IRL)
6. Michael Johnson (ENG)
33. Vincent Kompany (BEL)
17. Martin Petrov (BUL)
40. Vladimir Weiss (SVK)
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG)

Forwards:

25. Emmanuel Adebayor (TGO)
39. Craig Bellamy (WAL)
27. Benjani Mwaruwari (ZIM)
10. Robinho (BRA)
14. Roque Santa Cruz (PRY)
32. Carlos Tevez (ARG)

*Street Of Shame Copyright Private Eye

GET YERSELF A VITAL MANCHESTER CITY T-SHIRT - OUT NOW - IT'S BARCA-TASTIC!

Every shirt, no matter the size costs £9.00 with 50p from every sale going to ACTIONTILSON.

More VMC shirts will launch very soon - Buy yours now!

Bookmark and Share









Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

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

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 6 2009

Time: 5:59PM

Your Comments

good luck next week - you might just need it!
merlin
Methinks the same could be said for yourselves Merlin - should be a really good game
BlueWolfie
No, I'm not buying it. The squad are in total unrest, Benjani has been banging Hughes' door down demanding to play, Shay is upset at his lack of first team opportunities and Robinho, Petrov and Bellamy are meeting up at Mere Golf Club next week to sort out their differences with a sand wedge. After all, we're not ALLOWED to succeed are we?
fifthcolumnblue
Well said FCB, the defense has been shipping goals and none of the new signees are clicking offensively, and Hughes has no confidence from the fans or the board, who also refused to back him last season and forced him to make pinch penny summer additions.
americancitynut
This is what the bigger teams have been able to do in the past which usually helps them with their huge workload of league, cups and Europe. I don't think that we will need to rotate players on that kind of scale but it certainly helps having good depth on the benches.
bluesnozza
Now that you mention it guys, I think you could be on to something here. With our 16 strikers (and generally only two places available), unrest is certainly setting in. ADUG is grumbling, because we have yet to pick up a point - even at home - which really all started with our totally abysmal 4-0 thrashing by Barcelona. I am worried...
BlueWolfie
After reading the headline I just hope that Hughes doesn't start regardingdonkeys lik e Benjani as thoroughbreds!
Kevinho
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The Ped Report City 2-2 Sunderland (Thursday April 17 2014)

Stats: Manchester City v Sunderland (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Citizens versus The Black Cats (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Number 13 - Lucky For Some! (Thursday April 10 2014)

The Ped Report City 4-1 Southampton (Saturday April 5 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 279
2. Skoorb 118
3. PhillyBlueMoon 106
4. rojo2010 101
5. Buzz Lightyear 87
6. citizhun 85
7. Spooks 84
8. Bluedub 82
9. fifthcolumnblue 78
10. kennyclementstache 66

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 34 24 5 5 +51 77
2. Chelsea 34 23 6 5 +42 75
3. Man City 33 22 5 6 +54 71
4. Arsenal 34 20 7 7 +18 67
5. Everton 34 19 9 6 +21 66
6. Spurs 34 18 6 10 +0 60
7. Man Utd 33 17 6 10 +18 57

Breaking League News

Mulumbu Wins WBADSC Award
» WBA : 17/04/2014 21:53:00
Olsson amp; Morrison Boost?
» WBA : 17/04/2014 21:48:00
The Ped Report City 2-2 Sunderland
» Man City : 17/04/2014 21:41:00
Poch - Villa Isn't Just Revenge
» Southampton : 17/04/2014 21:33:00
Bolasie Looking For Strong Finish
» Crystal Palace : 17/04/2014 21:18:00
Pulis Delighted With Everton Victory
» Crystal Palace : 17/04/2014 21:10:00
Palacegate Saga Continues
» Cardiff : 17/04/2014 20:54:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 10%
Jimmy Milner 90%