Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

De Jong - City's Water Carrier

De Jong - City's Water Carrier

If there has been one main tactical change to the top clubs all over Europe, it would be the inclusion of the defensive midfielder. They all have one: Barcelona - Yaya Toure, Real Madrid - Xabi Alonso, Man United - Darren Fletcher/Owen Hargreaves, Arsenal - Patrick Viera, now Alex Song, Chelsea - Claude Makalele, now Michael Essien. The list could go on.

They are now a main-stay in the teams and provide the vital link between the defence and the midfield. They break up the oppositions play and distribute the ball to the midfield. They do all the donkeywork whilst the others venture forward in search of a goal. It is a position that takes great discipline.

At the start of the season it appeared that Gareth Barry would play this role. He was awesome at Blackburn. He commanded the game by keeping things simple. No one really saw Nigel De Jong getting back into the team, never mind being a regular starter against the "Big Boys." Most thought he would most be used from the bench to assure a late win. But no, the Dutchman was not content with doing that.

Since his first appearance of the season at home to Arsenal, he has been imperious. He might not have got a chance had Carlos Tevez been fit, but his performances; especially vs West Ham on Monday have cemented his name in the side for now. With Stephen Ireland struggling to regain his form, we could see De Jong pounce and continue putting in match winning performances.

I`m not sure we will stick with this system when the likes of Robinho or
Kompany return, but the Dutchman can only continue what he is doing and hope he doesn`t pick up an injury or a suspension. People may question the £17m acquisition of De Jong but I think it is very sound business. He could develop into a true great, people forget he is only 24.



*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.

Writer:bigal84
Date:Sunday October 4 2009
Time: 4:25PM

Comments

0
You're quite right every team needs one as otherwise things become too disjointed with too many attack minded players.
Kevinho
04/10/2009 18:51:00
0
I'd perfer De Jong to most DM too.
DragonAndLance
04/10/2009 23:02:00
0
Good article very true, thanks
Clevblue
05/10/2009 07:42:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Highlights & Images: Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City

The very first Manchester derby to be played overseas didn't exactly bode well, especially if you are a Blue.

39th Game Abroad Not Yet On The Agenda

Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore has said that whilst he believes a 39th Premier League fixture list is still an option, it's not on the agenda just yet.

Stats: Manchester United v Manchester City

All the stats from Manchester United (2) vs (0) Manchester City, NRG Stadium, 21/07/17 - 03:00 BST Att: 67,401

First Overseas Manchester Derby Preview

Football is back - get in!

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Whether it's a friendly or not how much do you hate losing to the Rags?
Suggested By: Tudor
Off the Richter scale1%
Hate it66%
I can live with it, just33%
Not bothered 0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Skoorb138
2.Buzz Lightyear125
3.johnkelv52
4.Bluedub39
5.kennyclementstache38
6.Rising35
7.Tudor27
8.citizhun18
9.BamaEngineer17
10.Hominid4
Vital Football Comment