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Kolarov Expected To Oust Bridge

Manchester City new signing, Aleksandar Kolarov is described as a potential 'world-class' player while Wayne Bridge is categorised as merely 'good'. But at the end of the day, will the Serbian oust the Englishman for the left-back position?

Bridge ended up playing second fiddle at Chelsea after failing to keep Ashley Cole on the bench. Inevitably the 29-year-old decided to leave Stamford Bridge in an effort to find first-team football.

With 18-months Eastlands experience under his belt will Mr Bridge find himself in a similar position?

ESPN commentators, Derek Rae, Shaka Hislop and Stewart Robson discuss.



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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 26 2010

Time: 10:12AM

Your Comments

Bridge got skinned by an unknown American winger yesterday and then didn't close down quick enough before their second goal. A pointless friendly, yes, but when Greg Cunningham from the academy looks more useful, Bridge is hardly putting himself in the window for regular selection.
StuMCFC
I missed the game yesterday due to work commitments but if Wayne had a poor game then like you say Stu, he's not exactly doing himself any favours.
Tudor
The only reason some idiots come up with this scatter gun or wreckless spending theory is because city havent sold anyone yet. The club stated two seasons ago that it is club policy to sell players only when we have recruited the players we want. Im 100%sure the hacks are ignoring this just to sensationalize their stories. When hughes was in charged, everyone was happy for him to buy his own players. So mancio is signing his own players now and installing his own tactics to the team. Alot of layers will be sold in the coming weeks. Im suprised city want to keep bridge, even as a back up. In all honesty he isnt a very good defender.
Super City Slicker
I want bridge to do well for us but he can't defend for toffee! Going forward he's brilliant but defensively he's naff, maybe he could be employed as a left winger if we ever need him to play there?
given_is_ironman
I wouldn't say he's brilliant going forward GII. He looks comfortable on the ball alright, but there was a stat on Bridge last season that 0% of his crosses reached their intended target.
bluedub
Unfortunately Bridge is simply not good enough, that's why we bought Kolarov. Silva was brought in to bring in some much needed creativity which was severly lacking last season with the departure of Elano and Robinho's failings. Yaya was brought in to put some umpf in the midfield to replace the not good enough Ireland. Boateng in to get a more consistent performer on the right back, Micah unfortunatelyha been too much up and down, alternatively he could give Kolarov competition with Bridge completely out of the team. Can't see Mancini applying the scattergun strategy, this man clearly has a plan and we'll see the result this season!C'mon City!
Blue ponderer
My 8 year old daughter coud replace Bridge on current form. Who knows, perhaps some competition might bring out the best in him. Doubt it. Hey Liverpool fans, this Bridge guy is AWESOME - he's your for £15m, and an absoute bargain at the price!
fifthcolumnblue
Only City would pay a ridiculous price like that (e.g. Lescott)
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