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Manchester City's Lack Of Width

Manchester City's Lack Of Width

Jonathan Cooper sent Vital Manchester City the following article.

Sitting in the Colin Bell stand, and much to my amusement before kick off against Wigan sat an elderly man with a pair of binoculars.

Midway through the first half and with them firmly pressed up against his eyes it started to dawn on me - there was a reason why he brought them today. Was it to pass onto referee Stuart Atwell for consistently blowing for high feet? (One time when Balotelli attempted to recreate 'that goal' from Derby Day). The answer to that is no. It was due to the fact that the ball seemed consistently cemented to our left flank. A weakness that Wigan attempted to capitalise on at every opportunity.

Doubling up against Micah Richards was common especially as he made numerous forays forward to join in with attacks. Against opposition with perhaps a little more cutting edge we may have been on the end of a different scoreline on the day.

Never has it been more obvious than against Wigan that we miss the dribbling skills of Adam Johnson along with a SWP from his first City spell, and I know Mancini will not agree with me but a Craig Bellamy to add that pace and direct play that we are missing.

It is clear from Mancini's constant fist clenching towards Super Mario that he isn't interested in tracking back and helping out defensively and when Kolorov has been picked in the left winger position he lacks the pass and finesse to really trouble full backs, with a shoot on site policy that even Ashely Cole would be proud of.

But this is an area that clearly needs strengthening, especially if we make the promise land of the Champions League next year. With Bale & Lennon terrorising Champions League opposition with their blistering pace and dribbling skills City can take a leaf out of their book.

With money no obstacle for the Blues anymore, we must be scouring the world for top quality wingers this summer so my old friend can put down the binoculars before they become a trend in the Colin Bell stand, much like the Mancini scarf and the now 'dangerous' snood.

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Writer:Jonathan Cooper
Date:Monday March 7 2011
Time: 1:45PM


A sound debut Jonathan! AJ returns from a PR trip in Abu Dhabi focusing on a return to full training. What a boost it would be to get him back. That said, I like the way that Mancio never rushes players back from injury too early the way Sparky often did.
Johnny Baguette
07/03/2011 14:01:00
Thanks very much! :). Hope there is a lot more to come. Yeah we need him back, he adds a different dimension to the team. I do agree with you about not rushing players back, but I have been a tad disappointed with the amount of players suffering injuries this season. But that is part and parcel of football. But 3rd place FA Cup quarters and last 16 of the Europa League, what more do we want.
07/03/2011 14:19:00
jmcooper1 - "But 3rd place FA Cup quarters and last 16 of the Europa League, what more do we want."
Exactly Jonathan. I think we should learn how to walk before we try and run.
07/03/2011 14:33:00
exactly, people talk about all the money we have spent etc and it gets boring. Yes we have spent money but so have United, Chelsea and Spurs, albeit over more time but we were not a top 4 team like Chelsea when we started spending we were mid table and average, and what we have achieved in 2 years has been absolutely incredible. To actually be disappointed if we don't finish in the top 4 or win some silverware is a huge change. No doubt success will come tou our club, but we have to be patient, change the mentality which is what Bobby Manc always says and just enjoy the players we are watching week in week out, 5 years ago if you had said we would have Tevez, Toure, Silva, Dzeko and more playing for us we would have laughed CTID
07/03/2011 14:48:00
10 years ago I'd have laughed if you'd told me we'd have the likes of Jo playing for us! Welcome jmcooper!
07/03/2011 18:33:00
I support Everton so can't criticise City's lack of width. We use Leon Osman on the left wing! Anyway, if Mancini were to buy just one great winger, it could add another dimension to City. Also for me Silva should operate down the middle, so maybe two wingers? Ashley Young, Gareth Bale, Marko Marin, Eden Hazard. Take your pick. It's not like you can't afford any of them.
08/03/2011 15:07:00
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