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We Have The Weaponry - The City Masterplan

The Clint Blues Experience sent us his appraisal of the situation within City's squad and what needs to be done right now to address limitations and maximise expectations. A great read...

We Have The Weaponry - The City Masterplan

Following the defeat at Hull, time for a very clear and objective focus on matters City.

This Needs To Happen:

GK: Shay
LB: Bridge
RB: Zab
CB: Vinny
CB: Ned
DM: De Jong
FM: Ireland
LW: Petrov
CENTRE (not right or left): Tevez and Adebayor

Subs: Bellamy, Johnson, Richards, Viera, Barry, Taylor

This team needs six games to stick together - just a month in our current log jam season - blank Saturdays earlier in the year, the administrators allow this to frustrate clubs at all levels of English football.

I digress.

Bobby Manc's achilles heel seems to be wingers not playing on their natural sides. This then influences centre forwards avoiding centre ground to develop a pattern of play. Think of the potential we have in Ade and Carlos. Lets not do what Portsmouth did to Defoe, who should be one of the first getting his yellow fever and rabies jabs for summer.

The Rationale Behind The Team Above

Bellamy unlucky not to make it. Rigsby has his chance to stake a claim with Bellers a victim of Brightwellium flexibility being able to back up our middle two - I like Bellers out wide but his real game is central.

Ade needs a chance to do what he is good at and not be everyone else or just give up. Ade needs footy in his life more than most, money being the secondary issue it is to most fans, and probably most footballers if the peddlers of greed could have been kept in check with stronger administration.

Adam Johnson is a good new addition and should provide vitality and zest to the squad, good signing and a key strength of our striped custodian in freshening up with youth and potential.

Zab shades it because we still lack real quality at the back, although he is yet to be as convincing at right back as he is in his more forward midfield role. He has shown his mettle and appetite for the fight for the Blue cause enough time to warrant another punt.

Richards needs work for him to make the step into a professional footballer of the highest quality - I fear hitherto his exposure to our erstwhile captain of morality and co in the England set up will have done him more harm than good.

- What the furore has to do with Bridge, unless he was extending his counseling prior to the break up with Madame Fatale detracts from the real hurt party in Mrs T (who has provided the benefit of the doubt, beyond doubtless in an attempt to keep some Endemol viewers created 'Dad of the Year' in the sanctity of marriage), beats me - another diatribe I fear, I move on.

Lescott needs to prove himself in the reserves before he makes the squad for me. De Jong has done more than enough to hold his own, despite a dip at Hull, before Viera can earn his way in, if he still has it. Barry's left sided nature gives him a chance in the squad, but he needs to get rid of the lard arse and stop taking the well worn track Fowler, Seaman and MacManaman carved before him - exasperated by cash in the Arabs now.

Toure is not a leader, a decent number two defender at best. Lescott is not as good as Dunne, but has youth and height in his favour. However, he is a follower too. For me, Vinny Kompany is captain and gives a feck about this club, as too, De Jong. SWP is getting a lucky berth, a chance to work his way back to form in a consistent set up.

Boyata has done a good job and should now be rested.

Too many times have Tevez and Adebayor been beyond over relied upon. Just because they are outstanding goalscorers in their own right, they should not have to do the work of wingers or midfield - admirable work rate coming back is different from absolving striking duties because you are covering skill gaps elsewhere. Repetition, no less.

Ireland is again lucky to make the grade. However, he has a favoured forward position where he can do damage from the centre.

These are our strengths.

Dynamics will enforce changes and will also allow opportunity for other squad members in the course of events. We are in a season of sorting the wheat from the chaff. Note Vassell, Benjani, Garrido (please) and others falling by the wayside. However, the ethic is far from there. Vieira could be just that catalyst, but it is a risk - one he has probably earned, although the first sign of traffic cop displays should see him lose his badge!

Right, that's off my chest. Now get on with it Bobby Manc!

Very Many Thanks to The Clint Blues Experience for this thought provoking analysis.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 8 2010

Time: 10:02AM

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Top drawer boot room assessment, Clint.
Johnny Baguette
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08/02/2010 10:07:00

Cannot really argue with that assessment.
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08/02/2010 10:15:00

Tend to agree with all of that especially the bit about Ade staying in the middle.
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08/02/2010 11:14:00

Great piece. This is kinda why I don't post articles!
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08/02/2010 11:17:00

Agreed although Zab is not good enough sorry
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08/02/2010 13:30:00

dont get me wrong its a fantastic article mate but i dont agree with your team - as i say fantastic assessment though.
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08/02/2010 13:52:00

Thats pretty much the same formation and line-up I chose in the preferred starting 11 thread. Id still prefer Lescott over Nedum as a left sided centre back, and with bellamy injured- i agree with petrov on the left (being subbed for johnson in the second half).
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08/02/2010 17:25:00

Some good points in the article Clint but I don't agree with the team selection. Zabaleta isn't good enough and we should get rid of him in the summer. Richards is a better player than him and even if he didn't get in at right back he would at centre half. Onuoha is a player who I like a lot but he looks like he is about 5th or 6th choice at centre half at the moment as Mancini has looked to bring him on at right back when he has had an opportunity and the rookie Boyata seems to now be ahead of Ned in the pecking order despite Onuoha being fit and raring to go. De Jong has largely done well and whilst he should be in the team he needs to start learning to pass the ball forwards and both Ireland and SWP need to start performing although SWP is requiring an opportunity to do so at the moment - These pair do seem to have an air of being untouchable with some City fans despite largely lacklustre displays to date this season. I agree with a change of captaincy to Kompany though, he actually gives a toss and has put his body on the line several times for the City cause, much more than current captain Kolo Toure has, who showed exactly what you don't want from a leader by chickening out and turning his back on the one Hull goal on Saturday. Adebayor also needs to stay central as you point out, we need wingers on the correct side of the pitch as full backs know that they will look to cut inside on most opportunities and we do need the opportunity to field a settled side.
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08/02/2010 21:55:00

Shame they dont have you lot managing Man Citeh - couldnt do a worse job than Hughesy lmfao
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08/02/2010 22:11:00

Niteworlok - It really shouldn't be a surprise that real football fans like ourselves have a far, wider reaching knowledge of the game than your prawn sandwich munching brigade.
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09/02/2010 00:16:00


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