Roberto Mancini has confirmed that striker Roque Santa Cruz is likely to leave the club in the January transfer window, with Blackburn his most likely destination.
Santa joined the blues in 2009 under former manager Mark Hughes, but injuries limited his appearances before Hughes was sacked and the striker found himself out of favour with Mancini.
Now I can understand the striker’s desire to leave the club in order to get some regular first team football. But what I don’t understand is why Mancini is unwilling to give Santa the same opportunities he has given to Jo.
The Brazilian flop has himself made just 11 league appearances this season, with 8 of those coming from the subs bench, however, he has failed to hit the target in any of those games.
Santa meanwhile, has made just one league appearance and that was as a sub and clearly hasn’t been given the same chances as Jo. Whether he has a soft spot for Jo or maybe he can see the future and is predicting a glut of goals from the Brazilian that will fire us to the Premier League title. But rather than letting Santa go, I personally think the Brazilian should be on his way out of Eastlands.
One person who has left Eastlands is Wayne Bridge who has joined West Ham on loan and Shaun Wright-Phillips is also on his way through the exit door, with a loan move to Fulham a possibility.
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