Writer: Daniel Grigg
Date:Friday December 24 2010
Daniel Grigg sent us the following.
If Manchester City don't sign the man they've recently been linked with (likely to be unbelievably expensive Daniel Alves),surely they need to bring back Nedum Onuoha?
Sure, for the club who has the money and able to afford most players in the world the thought of a youngster like Onuoha being given an opportunity is low. However, apart from having been one of the best right backs in the Premier League this season for Sunderland, he's also home-grown (really important at the moment to give the fans another reason to cheer).
Daniel Alves' record of setting up goals is spectacular and in saying that I'm convinced he'd almost certainly be the best right-back in the league.
With all the attacking flair he provides he surely won't come cheap. It's not so much a question of having the finances; it's more a question of how much you would need to offer Daniel Alves in wages to convince him to follow Yaya Toure out of Barcelona to join Manchester City.
With Busquets in the team and Mascherano linked with Barcelona it meant Toure wasn't even that crucial a member of Guardiola's squad. Yet it still took a reported £200,000 a week wage to get Yaya Toure. What sort of astronomically large wage would City have to offer to lure Daniel Alves towards the north west of England?
Would it be so large that it would exceed what players like Yaya Toure, Balotelli, Silva, Adebayor and Tevez are currently banking and if so, how would that effect the other players moral?
Remember, Barcelona paid a larger transfer fee for Daniel Alves, more than any Premier League club has ever paid for a defender, apart from Manchester United when they signed Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United. At 27 years old, Daniel Alves is probably now entering his peak two or three years, which would beg the question why he'd want to risk wasting them at a club who aren't yet one of the favourites to win the Champions League or their domestic league.
Daniel Alves would be a brilliant player to have, but even if he was signed I'd still think that Onuoha would be a really good player to keep at Man City. He could definitely do a good job at right back or as a replacement in that position to a bigger name like Daniel Alves or Maicon, while Onuoha has the advantage of being able to play well in the centre of defence.
In my opinion Alves is a versatile player who could be really useful for Man City.
Have I hit the nail on the head or am I way off the mark? Let me know you thoughts by leaving your comments in the section directly below this article.
Date:Friday December 24 2010
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