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

Best of Vital Network

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

Stats: Glasgow Celtic v Manchester City

All the stats from Glasgow Celtic (3) vs (3) Manchester City, Celtic Park, 28/9/16 19h45 BST Att: 57,592

Celtic v Manchester City Preview

Having achieved a media confounding 10 consecutive wins Pep Guardiola's men return to the Champions League fray tonight with the trip north of the border to face...

This Is How The Scottish Media Are Covering Celtic v City

One of the best-selling redtops in Scotland is the Daily Record and wow, they are covering Wednesday night's Champions League encounter between Celtic and Manchester City..

Live Stream From Celtic FC Twitter Feed

With only 24-hours to go until Celtic and Manchester City face off in the Champions' League Group C game, both clubs, as one would expect are busy preparing for their...

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)

Your Favorite City Goal In The Celtic Thriller?
Suggested By: Degsy Parlane
Fernandinho (11')0%
Sterling (28')100%
Nolito (55')0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 6 2 1 3 7 -1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Burnley 6 2 1 3 7 -3
14 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
16 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
17 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 2 2016 2:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 23 2016 1:30PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear510
2.Johnny Baguette380
3.Skoorb347
4.Rising171
5.Tudor146
6.Bluedub146
7.Colin Is The King130
8.citizhun103
9.kennyclementstache66
10.johnkelv65