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The Manchester City 25

Manchester City have officially released the eagerly anticipated 25-man squad list.

There were a few suprises in the list, with many expecting the likes of Shaleum Logan, Jo and Roque Santa Cruz to follow the likes of Robinho and Bellamy out of the club on loan or in permanent deals.

City had no problems meeting the minimum number of 8 home-grown players, with 12 players currenly registered in the 25.

Teenage sensation Mario Balotelli headlines the U21 group, none of whom are required to be named in the 25-man squad, but under the new Premier League rules, all are eligible to play.

Keepers: Shay Given*, Joe Hart*, Stuart Taylor*.

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Wayne Bridge*, Aleksander Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott*, Shaleum Logan*, Micah Richards*, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta.

Midfielders: Gareth Barry*, Nigel de Jong, Adam Johnson*, Michael Johnson*, James Milner*, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Patrick Vieira, Shaun Wright-Phillips*.

Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez.

* Denotes 'Home Grown' players = 12

U21: Mario Balotelli, Dedryck Boyata, Greg Cunningham, Abdi Ibrahim and Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely.

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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 1 2010

Time: 5:42PM

Your Comments

Looks a very strong squad indeed.
Johnny Baguette
With such youth in the side, this squad is going to grow stronger and stronger every season.
At least we've still got some genuine "home growns" coming through. The four lads in the U/21 are all tidy players
Agreed eighthsin and JB, but I'm really pleased that Roque Santa Cruz stayed. If he regains full fitness he'll be one of the best in front of goal. A different type of player, a good guy and great for the changing room and the vibe. I know that most people wanted him out, but if his fitness holds he could yet become a leading member.
roy harper
You make a saliant point roy. The service was abysmal from the wings last season and he might yet come good. Fingers and everything crossed!
Johnny Baguette
Roque is a true centre forward, his hold up play is immense - far better than Ade or Jo. He is certainly a decent weapon to have at our disposal IF he can stay fit. Fingers crossed.
How is this possible? The press said we had a billion players on our books and there was going to be a firesale at City, how did players like Logan and Jo survive?
Come on guys, join us in the top 4. Liverpool gone, Arsenal next. COYS and COYMC (Sorry, I don't know your equivelent).
Sorry about the spelling
CTID (City till I die) :D
Great to see 2 TOP keepers in the squad, a strong defence (hoping Kolarov and Boateng will be back soon though...), great competition and quality throughout in midfield, and a fierce attacking force especially with Supermario in the mix! The best City team ever maybe?
Blue ponderer
Regarding Roque: he's got the mentality Mancini cherishes so much, maybe he'll be the surprise this season?
Blue ponderer
So was anyone of interest left out of the squad?
insider says
Like the looks of this group ....Maybe RSCs inclusion could spark a revival in form and fittness......
does Bolitelli not count to the U21, even though he is only 20 as he has not been at City for the last 3 years so cannot be counted as one of the u21's and still has to be included in the 25man squad or am i wrong on that? a strong team none the less and we must have Very high hopes for this season
cityman51 I don't think many teams have been able to fill their squads with players over 21 anyway.
No, despite all the media hacks and such talking about how we'd have to break highly paid hearts and leave them out of the 25, we ended up scraping the barrel by putting Logan (not really good enough) in and Michael Johnson (injured for the better part of two years and not expected back until near the end of the year). The only over 21s not registered were David Gonzalez (4th choice goalkeeper) and Kelvin Etuhu (not up to the required standard and will probably be loaned out again). Maybe Bellamy should have kept his mouth shut and not done that interview, he would have walked into the 25 man squad and probably got plenty of match time.
Alright lads. Vital Everton are having another poll so come on over and have your say. We're talking about the "Signing of the Season". No doubt you boys will have some opinions on that :)
Vanilla Ice
*****, Jo actually got into the squad. I repeat, JO got into the FULL SQUAD. Wonder what a certain Welsh gentleman would be thinking right now.
Jo had a good preseason but it seems the same story with him so far - shines against the rubbish teams (and i mean really rubbish, not West Brom or Wigan rubbish) and then does nothing in any of the other games. Balotelli has the potential to be better than Rooney but he will take time to settle. That leaves only Roque as tried and tested cover for Ade and Tevez. Slightly worrying, but we should manage. Bellamy would have made pretty much every single City fans 25 man squad but it has been decided otherwise unfortunately.
If we struggle on the striker front, we'll blow Wolfsburg away in January for Dzeko. T'riffic lad with a t'riffic attitude. ;)
looks good but can they do the business?
Buzz Lightyear
Stu and eighthsin. I think we all know that Bellamy could have walked into any 25 in the world, but unfortunately his mouth comes in ahead of him. Problem is he's about 'n' times more fluent in English than his ex-manager. Which isn't that good since a, he's faster on the draw, and b, lot of the time he's shooting from the hip with it. Apologies for the mixed metaphor!
roy harper
Wait for it ...... Im predicting your next article will be about martin petrov and benjani slating "lies" about your club! How dare they spread lies!!
If a player has a bad attitude and continues to have it.... i blame bad management. Look at Anelka... like 2 different people for club and country. Bellamy woulda been quite an asset but i gotta hand it to you guys. You've put together quite a squad. All it needed was a mourinho to win you big ;)
P. - please enlighten me, when have you ever seen an article on here accusing any player of spreading lies? As for Petrov and Benjani, these are the words of disgruntled ex players that were deemed surplus to requirements, they are hardly going to singing the clubs praises, in light of the fact that the club decided to move them on , are they?
Wait for it...I predict P.Avfc's next post will have nothing to do with the article itself and just be a cheap shot at one of the VMC members. How dare he makes a valid point on this site!
Bluedub its a funny one this isnt it, Onohua, Bellamy, Ireland and now petrov and benjani have all had parting shots, surely they cant all be lying.
What's funny, P.Avfc, is that Ireland showed up at Villa Park claiming he was the greatest player in England and you all believed him, and he's done nothing thus far. You are bitter that two of Villa's best players, Barry and Milner, are now playing for City.
I would take youn in our team over milner any day, thank you :)
I'm sure you would, P.Avfc. Just like you'd gladly turn someone in if they disagree with you.
I turned on willy? He didnt use the site the way it should be used. He disrespected other supporters and got too personal, His childish antics were no longer wanted.
If he was such a monster, then why do so many people want Willy back then Pavfc? And I'm not talking about City posters either - therre have been messages of support from Spurs, Chelsea and Everton fans. And in the main most people consider what your did to be completely snide and uncalled for. Grown-ups sort out their own aguments, children go running to teacher and tell tales.
LOL i didnt actually report him thats the thing haha, The moderators obviously spotted comments which are innapropriate, Its used for football and shouldnt be abused.
PAvfc calling someone childish, wonders shall never end.
me_innit come back when you made sense, You are worse than FCB least he can actually agree with you sometimes. You shoot anyone down who disagrees with you or your club.
We are very slow on news in Thailand - can somebody tell me what happened in the 'firesale'.
You didn't report him? "I complained about willy. Also i think when 3 players come out and say this about your club there has to be some truth in it? Im not attacking you its just common sense really to believe it when there are more than 1 player saying the same thing. There are people who no what goes on inside the club and us fans wether it be villa, city or everton supporters do not really no what goes on. So i can see why you as city supporters are supporting your club but really we dont no what goes on in there and if players themselves are publicly sayin this there has to be some truth. It seems like theres some sour grapes from each of them but aswell some truth in it, they no more about what goes on at your club than you as supporters do so noone can really say its rubbish there talking can we." And: Lets hope so, All i did was complain about his idiotic posts. Dont think he was banned might just not want to come back on. P.Avfc Read more: You've gone on record, please don't try to deny it. Read more:
is this the same squad that lost to sunderland last week?..heh
Yeah yid, could do with some improvements so it can be as stacked and wonderful as Spurs, so that we may play host to a Wigan team off the back of successive thumpings... and lose 1-0 to them. Better that than an away loss to Sunderland that would have been done and dusted had Tevez put away a chance he would have scored 9 times out of 10.
yeah..but we dont spent hundreds of millions pound to lost to wigan at home and cryin out loud for that tevez's misses..heh
Maybe not hundreds of millions of pounds but you've spent plenty of money, much much more than Wigan, so in the same way we'd be expected to beat Sunderland (even though it was at the ground where CERTAIN other clubs lost last season) you'd be expected to ease past Wigan at home. Morale of the story is, focus on your own club's issues than ours, you Spurs fans seem more interested in attacking other clubs on their sites/forums (as the recent yid invasion of the VMC forum showed) than focusing on their own team. Some serious insecurities at play, must be something to do with the culture of the club that eludes me.
FCB whats your point? stop bringin it up i dont care about willy...LOL
StuMCFC - Warning: yidpondan is actually a gunner and is only here to casue trouble
I also didnt mean to get willy banned? Someone dobbed me in aswell so we are even..I did it just to wind him up and i was gonna tell him but he must have sulked.
willy hasn't been banned. Tudor and myself made that very clear and he is always welcome on the network.
The Fear
Why did he get a warning? he wasn't getting personal with anyone, just a few tongue in cheek wind ups, that most could see for what they were.
If you folks have an issue, better to email Tudor, not really a good place to be talking about it here especially as this is my username as opposed to 'official' Vital stuff. If people are winding up other users I often approach and have a friendly chat. This one started with 'hey dude' ... hardly a warning. As said, feel free to email Tudor, he can contact me if needs be. You have to understand we have 1000's of members here, we try our best to keep the balance, it isn't always easy and all we have to have is a tiny amount of flexibility, most take friendly chats for what they are... some don't. The best response I ever got was 'wa..nk stain of humanity'. I'd never realised I could reach such a lofty position in all honesty, my parents were very proud.
The Fear
Fair enough mate, I won't be posting anything further on the subject. Cheers for the response.

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