Micah Richards once had the whole football world at his feet. He gained national attention following an FA Cup tie at Aston Villa, where he scored a last minute equaliser to earn the blues a replay and went on the represent England at senior level.
But times have changed and Micah has seen himself drop down the Eastlands pecking order. He didn’t help himself of course when, two years ago he embarrassingly mistook swine flu for a bout of alcohol, a statement which neither the manager, board or indeed the City fans wanted to hear from a professional athlete.
And with the signing of Jerome Boateng from Hamburg and the now seemingly imminent arrival of Aleksander Kolarov from Lazio, are Micah’s days up or could he still make some sort of impact at Eastlands?
Since his debut against Arsenal in 2005, Micah has had indifferent games from season to season. One game he can be outstanding, the next dreadful and it seems like we don’t know which Micah Richards is going to show up. Against Blackburn last season, Micah made a stunning run past five Rovers players to setup Benjani, who conveniently hit the post but Micah followed up to grab the goal, yet at times he has looked lethargic, lazy and almost cannot be bothered.
But with Boateng vying for a place in the heart of City’s defence along with Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany, and Kolarov filling in at left back, the time may be right for Richards to return to a permanent right back role and make it his own.
And if he can rediscover his form for the blues this season, he could find himself part of one of the strongest defences in the Premier League and could also challenge Glen Johnson for the England right back position.
It’s now up to you Micah.
What do you think? Should Micah stay and fight for a place? Does he deserve a chance to regain his place in the team?