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Should Hargreaves Ever Be Allowed To Play In Blue?



Vital Manchester City received the following article from music legend, Roy Harper.

Owen Hargreaves is basically a North American. His connection with British culture is fairly tenuous. His career was started in Canada and progressed in Germany. He's not European, although his roots are English. Hargreaves is a common name in Lancashire. When he was playing for Bayern Munich, he didn't seem that interested to come to England. After all, he won the Champions league in his first season. Eventually, because he became a really good England player, (picked because he's a player of English/Welsh descent), it was inevitable that he arrived in England at some stage.

When he did, he joined a club who were playing in the Champions League, because that's where he wanted to play. At the time, he wouldn't really have been that aware of the Blue/Red divide in Manchester. After all, City wouldn't really have been in his eye line. He just wanted to come to a club in England offering him CL football. I can remember thinking at the time that it was a shame that City would probably never again in my lifetime be in a position to buy a player like that. He won the CL in his first season at OT. Then he suffered a string of unfortunate injuries.

Listening to him speak, he's not drawn on any questions about any divide there might be. It's not important to him. I don't think that money is either, because I think that he's confident about continuing to be successful after his playing career is over. He's very focused. The kind of person you want to have around. What's really important for him is getting fit again, so that he can enjoy the thing he's best at, which is being an athlete who can read a game in progress better than most.

If it was anything to do with me, I'd have him around in any case. He'd sure sort out your fitness methods. If he gets; and remains, fit, and gets back to anything like he was 3 years ago, he'll be a fantastic asset. If he doesn't, oh well! The chances are however, with that strength of character, he'll make it back to something like. So, what do I think? I think that it's quite possible that our chums in red have missed a trick. I think that it's just possible they took their eyes off the ball. After all, it doesn't take that much arrogance to fail to see the wood for the trees.

I realise that a couple of years is a long time in football, but they might have let him go too soon. OK, so Scoles was filling that role with more than a bit to spare, but he's gone now. They've got Anderson and Carrick, and now Jones, so there's no real need to keep anyone like Hargreaves, even though he's twice the player of Anderson or Carrick.

When he became free, and the vids started flying around YouTube, I had a fleeting thought...It was impossible yes; but none-the-less, I was interested in where he'd go because I like him. As a man and as a player. Sven and Roy went fishing quite quickly, and there were others waiting in the wings. I followed it. I just hoped the lad could get over his nightmare and come out fighting.

When City were mooted as suitors in the last week of the window, my ears went to the ground. I was hoping. Then the proposed deal for De Rossi didn't materialise. Suddenly OH was in the frame. What a stroke of opportunistic genius, I thought. Marwood? Or Bobby himself? My attitude to Bobby began to be much more positive. Had the strict Corporal suddenly developed a deeper, less authoritarian edge? The so-called 'richest club in the world' goes for a man who's been struggling with his fitness for a few years. Brilliant! What a script! I was really happy about it. The genius of the stroke, and the ability of the player to pass what was obviously quite a medical.

Then I saw, reading the MEN, that some of the CITY fans were throwing their effluent into the fan. I couldn't understand it. Can't they see the wood for the trees either? A Canadian born and bred footballer wants to earn a second chance, but he's being called all shades of excrement by people who should know better. Compared with the average squad wage at the club, he's earning NOTHING. But he has the potential to become a great player again. No risk. The squad hasn't got its full allocation of 25 players. What is there to lose? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I agree with Johnny B; WHY ALL THE VITRIOL? I really hope he makes it. Fulfills himself at City. Becomes a member of very rare breed. Who, besides Billy Meredith, has won titles at both City AND United? Dream on Roy...





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Date:Saturday September 3 2011

Time: 9:46AM

Your Comments

Absolute agreement with your sentiment Roy. The fact that he used to play for a team from Trafford is entirely irrelevant. It's a no risk punt by City and we should all be behind it. All the dissenters in the camp are probably the same people who were against PV and look how that turned out ! We need to worry less about the 'other lot', leave their fans to the obsessive behaviour and the wembley evacuation drills.
tublu
Absolute agreement with your sentiment Roy. The fact that he used to play for a team from Trafford is entirely irrelevant. It's a no risk punt by City and we should all be behind it. All the dissenters in the camp are probably the same people who were against PV and look how that turned out ! We need to worry less about the 'other lot', leave their fans to the obsessive behaviour and the wembley evacuation drills.
tublu
Nice objective article
MidasTouchJay
Nice objective article
MidasTouchJay
Top article, Hargreaves has the type of experience Paddy Vieira afforded to our young team last season.
Johnny Baguette
Top article, Hargreaves has the type of experience Paddy Vieira afforded to our young team last season.
Johnny Baguette
Great article Roy. We really have nothing to lose and everything to gain with this deal. I'm still amazed U*d didn't take up a similar option with him, especially when he told them he'd play for free.
bluedub
Great article Roy. We really have nothing to lose and everything to gain with this deal. I'm still amazed U*d didn't take up a similar option with him, especially when he told them he'd play for free.
bluedub
"It doesn't take that much arrogance to fail to see the wood for the trees". Well we all know that the rags have enough arrogance for an entire rainforest, and their reactions to Hargreaves signing for Gods Own has been quite shocking to say the least! I for one can't see a down side to this deal, and really hope the guy gets back to something approaching his best.
fifthcolumnblue
"It doesn't take that much arrogance to fail to see the wood for the trees". Well we all know that the rags have enough arrogance for an entire rainforest, and their reactions to Hargreaves signing for Gods Own has been quite shocking to say the least! I for one can't see a down side to this deal, and really hope the guy gets back to something approaching his best.
fifthcolumnblue
He's NDJ but with more skill. Will get the winner on the 26th April without a doubt.
jackblue
He's NDJ but with more skill. Will get the winner on the 26th April without a doubt.
jackblue
Yep why a prob TBH I thought more of OH it was sad to see a top player struggle as he did. I for one hope he gets his opportunity to comeback for himself and for City
taggarts nose
Yep why a prob TBH I thought more of OH it was sad to see a top player struggle as he did. I for one hope he gets his opportunity to comeback for himself and for City
taggarts nose
The guy is very humourless and driven based on the three OS videos with him in so far, he almost seems bitter from the years of injury but at the same time seems focused on proving a lot of people wrong. As long as he performs on the pitch, if he ever gets there, he can be as bland and serious as he likes though.
StuMCFC
The guy is very humourless and driven based on the three OS videos with him in so far, he almost seems bitter from the years of injury but at the same time seems focused on proving a lot of people wrong. As long as he performs on the pitch, if he ever gets there, he can be as bland and serious as he likes though.
StuMCFC
If this guy can stay fit, he will be a great free signing, even better when u think the scum paid what 18m??
footballtaz1
If this guy can stay fit, he will be a great free signing, even better when u think the scum paid what 18m??
footballtaz1
Good call Stu. He certainly didn't come across as a barrel of laughs. Kolarov, Micah, AJ and Harty to name a few are always full of beans so they'll hopefully get him going in the craic. The club photographer had to ask him to smile!
Johnny Baguette
Good call Stu. He certainly didn't come across as a barrel of laughs. Kolarov, Micah, AJ and Harty to name a few are always full of beans so they'll hopefully get him going in the craic. The club photographer had to ask him to smile!
Johnny Baguette
 

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