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Bring Back Onuoha (Even If We Buy Daniel Alves)

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.

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Writer: Daniel Grigg Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 24 2010

Time: 6:19AM

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Don't understand what's happening at M City, you've had two outstanding prospect in both Richards and this guy and yet both of them have gone backwards
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24/12/2010 06:57:00

I agree with Topspur, but Richards is of his own making. He has learned nothing and is still an opposing wingers dream. Only last week he got in the wrong position against Juventus and it ended in a goal. Having said that he got into the team by default originally because had Onuoha not been on the season-long injury list he would have played in that match. Nedum is much more versatile and a much nicer lad. He's doing well for Brucie but I would prefer him to come home. Now that he's getting a regular game you can see how he's improving, but some of that will be down to Steve Bruce
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24/12/2010 08:25:00

It's simple really. We need players who can compete in the top four and CL. Sadly Nedum is not good enough on that stage. Mancini, rightly, demands his players are capable of passing the ball accurately over various distances. Onuoha's is not a player who would get in any other top four team or a place in the top eight CL teams. And he fails to pass a ball properly over five yards.
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24/12/2010 08:56:00

Bring nedum back and sell richards. Sign alves aswell because hes a world class right back. Simples
Sheikh Mansour
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25/12/2010 12:35:00

Have to say I agree with Hanboy...Unfortunately Ned's not good enough and in competition with Boateng or Zaba those two will always be the preferred ones. Had he been good enough he wouldn't be on loan to Sunderland... Regarding Alves, not sure why we would need yet another right back + I don't think he'll want to leave sunny Barcelona for rainy Manchester
Blue ponderer
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25/12/2010 19:18:00

Only logic behind a move for Alves would be that our full-backs have not been adding perhaps as much to our attacking moves as we thought when "attacking full-backs" Kolarov and Boateng were signed. Kolarov is settling in alright but has yet to really show the end product from crosses and shots he did at Lazio, while Boateng seems to be settling in quite slowly and lately hasn't even been our first choice RB.
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25/12/2010 20:06:00

Would love to have Nedum back, but not entirely sure where he fits into Mancini's plans. Alves is a great player, but would cost far too much money both in fee and in wages - something we need to be aware of with platini's new "Stop City" rules coming in. Micah Richards is most definitely not the answer as he has no football brain, so I would prefer to give Boateng his chance with Zabs as more than able back-up. If Ned returns it will be a bonus, but he will not be first choice, so suspect he'll opt to stay at Sunderland who are doing well and playing him every week.
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