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SWP: Are His Days Numbered?

I love watching Shaun Wright-Phillips in full flow but for some reason Mancini doesn't rate him. Why?

His first team appearances are becoming limit now Roberto Mancini is at the helm with substitute slots becoming the norm.

To bring this into a little perspective lets take a look at the 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Minutes played - 22
Successful tackles - None
Passes completed - 5 out of 6
Shots on target - Zip
Assists - 0

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 9 2010

Time: 11:30PM

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As a first choice player yes as Bellemy and Tevez are more complete players and Petrov and Johnson are favoured more by Mancini it seems.
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10/02/2010 00:53:00

Who knows? All I've been reading about are "tactics", but why on earth did Mancini incorporate three defensive midfielders at home against Bolton? It's not tactics as much as it is negative football. Unfortunately, I think this means our more creative players like SWP, Ireland, Weiss, etc. are going to be playing in odd positions or shut out entirely.
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10/02/2010 01:50:00

Hope his days are not numbered!
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10/02/2010 10:46:00

Hope his days aren't numbered and if we even consider selling Ireland I'll eat my seasoncard.
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10/02/2010 15:28:00

For me last nights game proved SWP still has a big role to play at City. The side looked much better balanced when SWP came on to play on the right and Johnson was moved to his natural Left side. Thought we looked far more dangerous too. The only thing for Shaun is the fact that every team we play likes to assault him about 4 or 5 times per half. He gets absolutely no protection. I fear one day he will be taKen out long term. Maybe thats the real reason why Roberto holds back from playing him in every game. Teams must think we'll just buy another for them to kick off the park. Long live SWP.
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10/02/2010 16:03:00

I think it will depend on where city finishes if you lot get top four then i could see you buying someone to replace him who would offer just as much pace or more and to me lennon is the right candidate as if he goes to the world cup and does well he will need to playing champions league football to make sure he is the first choice on the right for england. Or someone like krasic who could be persuaded to come and earn good money but also play champions league football to me petrov could be let go as he doesn't offer anything better than johnson or bellamy and he is a bottler and too selfish to be a good team player.
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10/02/2010 17:51:00

I fail to see why swp is considered to be a good player. Can anyone seriously say hes played a good game this season? In fact, i thought he was average last season and poor this season. Joining chelsea has pushed his career backwards. City will sign another winger in the summer, probably krasic, di maria or silva etc. If swp is happy to be a squad player, then his days are not numbered. He wont be 1st teamer though, he needs to do alot more for me.
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