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Darius Vassell: The Survivor

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Amazingly, through three owners, three managers countless attacking transfers and almost daily transfer speculation, former England international Darius Vassell has maintained a place in the Manchester City squad: albeit generally on the bench.

What particularly about Vassell has kept him from either being sold or has kept City’s managers from selling him? Let’s recall Stuart Pearce tried to acquire Leroy Lita and several other English based strikers before landing Emile Mpenza in an effort to replace Vassell during the 2006-07 season. Then Sven Goran Eriksson acquired a number of strikers including Benjani but yet Vassell continued in the squad.

This season under Mark Hughes, Vassell has kept a place on the bench even despite the emergence of several promising young attacking players.

I’m curious: how do our readers explain the longevity at the club of a footballer of Vassell’s obvious limitations and somone who has been rendered almost irrelevant for so long?

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