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City defence needs more depth

City still need to strengthen the defence and midfield according to our recent poll. We asked:

What position do City still need to strengthen?


Defence 48%

Midfield 43%

Goalkeeper 5%

Attack 4%


It seems that midfield, for so long the biggest area of concern has been stiffened up with the arrival of Dabo and Hamman, and the welcome news that Barton has at long last signed up for another 4 years, although 43% of you still think it is a priority for City to strengthen.

However, 48% thought that it is now the defence that is top priority, no doubt fuelled by Distin's persistent stalling over a new contract and a bidding war for his services already underway.

It looks likely now that City will get an offer of around �5m, which could be enough for Pearce let him leave. Distin is entering the last 12 months of his current deal and it is City's last chance to cash in on him. His departure would leave a sizeable gap in the squad although Richards and Onuoha do have the quality to step into his boots.

Personally, I'm surprised Danny Mills is still around, having been told at the end of last season he is surplus to requirements - let's hope Villa can sort themselves out quickly and sign him up.






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Date:Saturday July 29 2006

Time: 1:10PM

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With Dunne, Jordan, Onhua, Richards, Sun Jihal, Danny Mills and Martin Mills I think there is sufficient defensive cover if a substantial offer materialises for Distin.
alphieblues
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29/07/2006 17:10:00

Not too sure about that Alphie, I think we'd need a quality centre half if Distin were to go. I don't think we'd get a full season out of Danny Mills and Sun Jihai, so cover looks thinnish. B.T.W, I think you mean Matthew Mills
bluetone
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30/07/2006 07:31:00

How much are u lot looking to get for Distin?
Villa1982
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30/07/2006 20:57:00

Looks like it'll be around 4m if rumours about Pompey to be believed. Hopefully 'Boro or Newcastle will come up with bigger bids. Shame to see him go as he's been a good servant to City, but as we all know, these days it's all about money
bluetone
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30/07/2006 23:06:00

I feel the same with most of the villa players. All of our players are currently for sale and any bid that comes in is most likely to be accepted.
Villa1982
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30/07/2006 23:57:00

 

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