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The Rise & Fall Of Micah Richards

The Rise & Fall Of Micah Richards

Manchester City fan and budding blogger, Lando78 sent us the following.

Micah Richards has had a somewhat tempestuous relationship with the City faithful and backroom staff. At one time worshipped by the City faithful the Blue's powerhouse is going through a torrid time of it at the moment. Is it the end of the road for Micah or is there hope lying around playing at the DW Stadium?

Bursting onto the scene in October 2005 in a debut sub appearance against Arsenal, Richards was a revelation. He scored a bullet of a header against Aston Villa to award the Manchester City an FA Cup replay and was praised by fans, players and pundits alike not afforded since Wayne Rooney came through the ranks at Everton.  He ran away with the club's Young Player of the Year award for 05/06 and things were only just getting started for the Birmingham born lad.

Sven-Göran Eriksson rated him very highly, Carlos Tevez admitted that he was the hardest opponent he had ever played against and Match of the Day pundits slavered over his powerful performances alongside Richard Dunne.

So high in the public eye was he when he swore in his first post match interview on national TV nobody batted an eyelid. Such is the luxury afforded to stars on the rise in England. He was confident, quick and showed strength at the age of 16 that most 35 year olds can only dream of.

On 15th November 2006 Richards won his first England cap against the Netherlands after regular right back Gary Neville withdrew through injury. It made him England's youngest-ever defender, breaking the record previously held by Rio Ferdinand.

Last season however the young powerhouse lost his way. Caught doing an impression of a kebab skewer in a Manchester night club the Leeds raised stud was criticised by the boss for poor training and suddenly began to feel the negativity from City followers.

This season, with Zabaleta proving that he's not the long term answer to the Blue's right back birth, Richards knows he is in the last chance saloon and must grasp it with both hands if he is to make it at City.

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Date:Tuesday October 20 2009
Time: 9:14PM


Well I feel that this article is more than a tad over the top although it did redeem itself somewhat in the closing paragraph. He had a nightmare in the derby match at the swamp but other than that hasn't done badly this season and I'm sure that he will improve further with experience, guidance and growing confidence. Still the best right back in our squad although there is admittedly room for vast improvement.
20/10/2009 21:31:00
Loads of talent. Poor attitude. Strikes me that he's too unfocused to be a defender. I know this sounds strange, but with a little technique, I think he might be a good center forward... or maybe I've just lost my mind.
20/10/2009 22:27:00
Im not even sure if he was as talented as we first thought a few seasons ago. Hes still growing into a man and he is struggling with the extra bulk. The same bulk and speed that helped him burst onto the scene 3years ago. Im amazed how bad he has fallen of his game, his reading of the game is novice-like to say the least. It was no suprise wigan scored from his lasp of concentration. As a fullback his ball distribution has always been poor, rotten first touch, passing is poor, offers nothing in the attacking third and he cant cross. As a centre back his positional play is shocking. Nedum onuha is far better player, yet doesnt get half the attention?!? Richards doesnt know whether hes a fullback or cb. No knows what he is - hence the confusion in his game. This is a prime example of youth football coaches selecting big strong athletes and ignoring technical ability. When ever micah plays, he will cost goals. The lad is trying his best, he isnt on the party scene anymore and he wants to be a part of citys bright future. City will need better players to be where we want to be. He can be a good squad player i.e. john o'shea. I hope the lad becomes a great, but im seeing no improvement.
enzo city
21/10/2009 00:29:00
Fingers crossed Micah can get it together.
Johnny Baguette
21/10/2009 08:46:00
he's got a club foot and that ain't going to improve at his age. Like done he shone in the lower half of the table but is vulnerable at the top.
21/10/2009 09:35:00
I think Lando is correct in likening him to Titus Bramble. Bramble is another player who showed immense promise in the early stages of his career, but for whatever reason decended into farce every time he took to a football pitch. Nowadays however, Bramble has matured into an excellent defender, altthough the damage to his career has been done and he is at Wigan, rather than a bigger, better known club. I for one cannot see Richards remaining at City beyond the summer, it's possible he will be sold in January, but whatever happens I will wish him luck. I'm not sentimental enough to want to keep him around merely because he's an academy graduate, and on current form he is not good enough, and I can't see where any major improvements to his game are going to come from. Sometimes a player needs to move on to rejuvenate his career (ala Richard Dunne). I won't be too disappointed if he does leave.
21/10/2009 09:54:00
I hope micah can rejuvenate his career at city. But you can see hughes is preparing for the likely outcome of micah going with buying lescot and toure. Glen johnson turned us down, in hughes ideal world he would be our right back now. And constent press speculation with city wanting puyol and maicon. Its inevitable city will sign a top rightback in january, leaving micah with not much options. With zableta suspended he will get a run in the team, i hope he doesnt make any mistakes. Sadly i am agreeing with fifthcolumnblue words above.
enzo city
21/10/2009 12:56:00
21/10/2009 13:17:00
You are more than welcome bluemooner to send us a front page article giving us your take on the situation. Perhaps Lando and the rest of us can be allowed to comment on your thoughts.
21/10/2009 17:10:00
That wasn't over the top. It was quite a reasonable analysis of the situation.
22/10/2009 08:27:00
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