UK time is: 12:26:18
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Micah Richards - City's Powerhouse

Lorna Silva praises the return to full power of Miach Richards. His ongoing exclusion from the England side is certainly City's gain...

Micah Richards is back for the first time in five months... and don't we know it!

Back on the pitch against Sunderland and Ker-POW his presence was made known as he stood in at centre-back. Well rested and up for the challenge.

Unbelievably, a couple of critics even suggested he attacked a little too much? Surely you can't base performance analysis on just one game!

Richards has pace, power and is always on the end of chances whenever he can. A defender of high calibre, fast and solid, he has an outstanding ability to leap high. He's fantastic in the air, a formidable opponent known as 'The Salmon' when he broke through from the academy seven years ago.

Richards, the same as Yaya Toure, strikes fear into the opposition especially when he charges down the right side, especially when you look back at his performance last season and his return to the Blues was very welcome indeed!

In the last campaign when the likes of Silva, Toure and Aguero, all of whom have their own style of play, could not quite manage to wriggle an opening, Richards was there to take control and smash the other side into submission, especially our Champ16ns win when Patrice Evra was simply outclassed with the surges and charges he was faced with.

Richards has built quite a good standing as a defender who relies upon sheer strength and pace to get himself out of difficult situations he may find himself in. It may be this resort is due to a lack of concentration at times on his part but regardless, he soon turns himself back on and rescue's himself (something Jack Rodwell will hopefully learn to do).

Richards had to stand aside following the ankle injury sustained on Great Britain Olympic duty. (Mancini has been known to liken Richards injury wise to 'Swarovski' - being like crystal).

The injury allowed Pablo Zabaleta in again. Diehard Zaba is a firm favourite with City fans. The fact that we can sometimes have them both play in the same side is a fabulous bonus.

Richards is happy to play an attacking right back role and this is where he flourishes, but as we saw in the Sunderland clean sheet, it has been noted that he is quite content to perform in the centre. This might suit Mancio with his persistent tinkering of the three at the back scenario. When placed in the right back role position last season Micah became, what could best be classed as a nuisance to the other side!

Taking all of the above into consideration it seems as though the City boss's choices for his first XI are going to be tested. The position of right-back for Micah may be an option, given that Zabaleta is currently tied up with Argentina duties.

Following on from my earlier article 'What's Been Going On At The Back,' Richards will certainly boost that back line, whether it is at centre-back or right-back. He's sure to prove to be prodigious in keeping The Blues at the top, where they belong!

During this international break, alongside Carlos Tevez and Gareth Barry at Carrington, he is looking very sharp.

Welcome 'back' Micah.

Micah Richards City Factfile:
Age: 24, MCFC Academy Graduate
Debut:Sa 22Oct 2005 Arsenal 1 - 0 Man City (substitute)
League and Cup Appearances including sub: 227
Goals: 9

UPCOMING FIXTURES
all times East Manchester

Sa 20 Oct 15h00 West Brom, The Hawthorns, PL
We 24 Oct 19h45 Ajax, Amsterdam Arena, CL
Sa 27 Oct 17h30 Swansea City, The Etihad, PL
Sa 03Nov 17h30 West Ham, Upton Park, PL
Tu 06 Nov 19h45 Ajax, The Etihad, CL
Su 11 Nov 13h30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
Sa 17 Nov 15h00 Aston Villa, The Etihad, PL
We 21 Nov 19h45 Real Madrid, The Etihad, CL
Su 25 Nov 16h00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, PL
We 28 Nov 20h00 Wigan, DW Stadium, PL




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The journalist

Writer: Lorna Silva Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 16 2012

Time: 7:30PM

Your Comments

We've definitely missed him!
fifthcolumnblue
We've definitely missed him!
fifthcolumnblue
Good piece Lorna, it's a big boost to have Micah back. I love his enthusiasm.
Bluedub
Good piece Lorna, it's a big boost to have Micah back. I love his enthusiasm.
Bluedub
Micah played very well against Sunderland. If he keeps this up Mancini will have to pick him.
johnkelv
Micah played very well against Sunderland. If he keeps this up Mancini will have to pick him.
johnkelv
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Milner Linked With Arsenal Again (Monday September 15 2014)

The Ped Report....Arsenal 2-2 City (Sunday September 14 2014)

Stats: Arsenal v Manchester City (Saturday September 13 2014)

Pellegrini Confirms Duo Are Out (Friday September 12 2014)

Team News: Arsenal v City (Friday September 12 2014)

Stealing From The Rich To Give To The Rich! (Wednesday September 10 2014)

Kompany - We Had To Strengthen (Tuesday September 9 2014)

Jovetic Injured? (Monday September 8 2014)

Champions League Squad (Saturday September 6 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Bluedub 132
2. Skoorb 131
3. Johnny Baguette 125
4. fifthcolumnblue 108
5. citizhun 57
6. Buzz Lightyear 50
7. CITYBOY1000 49
8. Spooks 45
9. OziMan 39
10. PhillyBlueMoon 37

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Arsenal 2 - 2 Man City
Man City 0 - 1 Stoke
Man City 3 - 1 Liverpool
Newcastle 0 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Aston Villa 4 3 1 0 3 10
3. Swansea 4 3 0 1 3 9
4. Southampton 4 2 1 1 5 7
5. Man City 4 2 1 1 3 7
6. Spurs 4 2 1 1 2 7
7. Arsenal 4 1 3 0 1 6
8. Liverpool 4 2 0 2 1 6

Breaking League News

Everton on the move to Walton Hall Park
Everton : 16/09/2014 10:48:00
Liverpool: Ludogorets Razgrad Preview
Liverpool : 16/09/2014 09:15:00
Liverpool: Henderson Named New Vice-Captain
Liverpool : 16/09/2014 08:43:00
Captain Kabs!
Spurs : 16/09/2014 07:38:00
Schurrle Wins MOTD Award
Chelsea : 16/09/2014 07:37:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who Performs Best As A City Solo Striker in a 4-5-1?
Suggested By:  David Cross
Jovetic 10%
Dzeko 30%
Aguero 60%