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SWP: Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

Vital Manchester City newbie, Kyle Lees sent us the following.

This article is merely me airing a thought which has been going round in my head for a few months now and I finally think I have the answer but I would love to see what the rest of you think.

Basically, ever since the summer transfer window and the rumours of Shaun Wright-Phillips leaving I've been dreading the day I read the news that he was ready for the off. With that fear in my head I started to think, 'Did we need him and if so what role would he play for us?'


Sorry but I couldn't help myself!

When SWP signed for Chelsea all those years ago it hurt me with him being our main player and an academy graduate but then as we all know we got over that. As his time at Chelsea went on and it became apparent that he wasn't going to feature for them an awful lot I was excited at the prospect of his return, however, it appears to have gone pear-shaped since the signing of Adam Johnson.

Ever since then I have been hoping he would get a chance in the team but, judging by his last few opportunities, especially against Reading on Sunday I think we should get rid and sell him quickly!

Watching him at the weekend against a Championship side he looked terrible and nothing like the SWP of old. I almost felt sorry for the guy as it was obvious his touch, pace and agility has started to fade out. Now, I understand a lot of you may say 'He needs a run in the team to discover his form' but look at it this way. If you are out of the side then get the nod from the boss surely you should try harder?

Anyway that's my opinion.

I'd love to hear what the rest of you guys think.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Kyle Lees Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 15 2011

Time: 9:35PM

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Go. Never the same after his bench-warming expedition to Chelsea, it stunted his potential progress and he never became the world-beating player. Since coming back it has been more decline and he's lucky to beat the first man now. Sentimentality would play its part if he had never left us in he first place, but he did so we're entitled to sell him on without a guilt trip.
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15/03/2011 21:43:00

Simple. Go. If Bobby has no confidence in him then it is no good having a player in this position if we need to maximise our squad across multiple comps as we have needed to do in the last few weeks especially. Weiss is better long term prospect or we could buy of course.
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15/03/2011 21:51:00

Been over this debate about 500 times in the forums.
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15/03/2011 22:07:00

There is no room for passengers at this stage of the season and SWP has to start firing now. If he bagged a goal I'm sure his confidence would flood back, but it's clearer than ever now that the arse splinters he sustained at Chelsea knackered his development. He must surely regret that move. Come on Shaunie, give us one last blast.
Johnny Baguette
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15/03/2011 22:12:00

Stay and perform better, or perform the same way since he re-signed and go, I think only one person has the real answer to this one...
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15/03/2011 23:07:00

Our mid field is the weak link with our team. sweep has to go because he is loosing his pace and often gives the ball away. He is still good enough for a lower prem team, but is he good enough for us, so sell this summer.
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15/03/2011 23:42:00

let him go. you lot and and chelsea (mostly chelsea) have ruined him
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16/03/2011 06:21:00

He needs to make a giant step up to an even more giant plate. I doubt he has what it takes. Unlike cahill.utd I think the main determinant in his lack of progress lies at the door of his prime mover...dear daddy. The exit sign looks good.
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16/03/2011 08:21:00

Good article Kyle, it's a shame for Shauny but old man time has caught up with him I'm afraid. Cahill.utd - what the ***** are you talking about? City made the lad into the player he was before he went to sit on Chelsea's bench for a few years.
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16/03/2011 12:10:00

cahill with a typically clueless media-inspired comment, what do you expect from a rag? We did nothing to ruin SWP, he was one of England's most exciting young players when he left us for Chelsea, stagnated as a bit part player there, and wasn't the same when we brought him back at a discount rate.
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