Should City offload Zinchenko?

August 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Manchester United midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko continues to be linked with a move to La Liga, with Real Betis the most likely destination, but he’d been turning down personal turns with clubs in order to fight for his place at the Etihad Stadium.

Given he’s struggled for playing time under Pep Guardiola, few could argue there’s a place for him in the first-team, and the message may be finally sinking in. Latest reports state Zinchenko has made a U-turn on his decision to stay and would be open for an exit. Whether that’s permanent or not remains to be seen, but it may be best for all parties that the midfielder is moved on.

Couldn’t take his chance when given small opportunity

Signed from Ufa in 2016, the 21-year-old has gone on to make just 14 appearances in all competitions, having spent his debut season out on loan at Dutch Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven (17 appearances). Zinchenko, while a central midfielder, has only featured at left-back under Guardiola.

With Mendy having suffered a serious knee injury, the Ukrainian international provided cover along with Fabian Delph and Danilo. Now Mendy is fit and starting on a regular basis, there doesn’t appear to be room for Zinchenko given the competition for places.

He isn’t going to feature at left-back as three players are ahead of him in the pecking order. Operating in central midfield looks unlikely too, with Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Fernandinho, Delph and Kevin de Bruyne in his way. As a result, Zinchenko has no place in the first-team and will surely have to leave to get regular football.

Loan move could suit both parties

With Zinchenko having turned down a permanent move away from City earlier this summer, a loan deal might be best for both parties. After helping the Sky Blues win the Premier League title last season, the Ukrainian international doesn’t want to leave the party just yet as he’s being mentored by Guardiola.

A loan move, however, would allow him the chance to get first-team football and still return to City next summer. And should he impress with another side, the 21-year-old could get himself back in favour with his manager. So far, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Real Betis have been closely linked to his signature, but both sides appear to want Zinchenko permanently.

Should the Citizens offload Zinchenko? Or should they find a resolution that allows him to stay contracted to City while getting first-team football elsewhere for a season?

Mendy giving City a new dimension in attack

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Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has started the new season in fantastic form, making three assists in as many games. The French international is coming off the back of winning the World Cup and has been impressive from the off.

Mendy is adept at beating his opponent in a one-on-one and whipping a good ball into the box to set up a scoring opportunity. He’s a very aggressive left-back in both boxes and has given the Sky Blues a new dimension in attack. It’s easy to see why Pep Guardiola paid £52m to sign him.

Combative in defence, bold and creative in attack

Mendy has it all. The 24-year-old is highly combative when called upon defensively but has the all the attributes to be a threat at the other end of the pitch. In the Premier League this season, he’s averaged a tackle or interception every 24 minutes. Few players get the better of him, and Mendy has only given away one foul in the process. He’s the perfect modern-day defender.

In City’s side, he fits like a glove. Given a license to get forward by Guardiola, the Frenchman has created six chances in his three appearances and has made four successful dribbles. He made two assists in City’s opening league game against Arsenal and one against Huddersfield Town days later. In addition to having great decision-making and composure, Mendy boasts excessive pace and strength to outmatch the majority of his opponents.

Making up for lost time

Mendy ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Crystal Palace on September 23, 2017 and didn’t return until mid-April, 2018. The left-back made only seven league appearances and had one assist, but he’s been on fire in 2018/19. Mendy has certainly made up for lost time and is unlikely to lose his place in the side unless his form dips.

Having a full-back capable of taking on their opponent to get balls into the box for the striker to finish is a very useful asset to the side. And if said player can marry such attacking tendencies with discipline at the back to not to dive in, they could end up costing the same amount as Mendy. Guardiola has paid tribute to the defender already this season.

As per Sky Sports News, he said: “We could not demand Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko do what Benjamin Mendy does, in terms of going up and down the wing, attacking space and having his physicality because they have different physical conditions.

“We saw (Mendy’s quality) in Monaco in France, his quality to go forward. When a player has this quality, we have to use it, because it’s his ability to create problems.”

10 games remaining..

March 12, 2012 by · 16 Comments
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With 10 games to go it is indefinitely a 2 horse race. For a few months or so some pundits believed that Tottenham had an outside chance, but with them now 14 points behind the leaders Manchester United with 10 games remaining, there title hopes are all but finished. Moreover, after City’s disappointing loss to newly promoted Swansea City, the football bets (unavailable to US customers) now back Manchester United to win their 20th league title and pip their opponents, come May. However, how can this be so? City have been top since Ocober, and now they are 1 point behind when there is still a possible 30 on the table.

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Manchester City 2011/2012 Season Preview

August 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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When Sheik Mansour completed his purchase of Manchester City on September 23rd 2009, nobody could have envisaged the impact his money would have had since then. Having captured world class talent such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Mario Balotelli, the Citizens are now ready to launch a serious title challenge against their more illustrious neighbours Manchester United. Even Sir Alex Ferguson, who previously dismissed his rivals as mere ‘noisy neighbours,’ has now acknowledged them as genuine contenders for all honours this season.

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Dublin O.S.C Notice

July 27, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Hoping for a great weekend at the Dublin super cup with City, Inter Milan and Celtic travling to Dublin to play homeside the Airtricty 11 or the best of the Irish league. Weather is looking good for the event and the Dublin Offical supporters club will be out in force as will the other City suppoerters clubs from around the country.

Mr Kieron Grant of the Dublin O.S.C. Left a comment on a previous post so I will post it here for him.

“The next meeting is on Tuesday the 2nd of August”.

Thanks Kieron I hope after the weekend more fellow City supporters will find their way along to the meeting which are a great way to meet like minded supporters and talk about all things City.

Spurs and Harry, Having a laugh ?

July 21, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Harry Redknapp has expressed his desire to bring Adebayor to White Hart Lane

While I for one like  Harry is a great manager and a chancer of epic proportions, to try and pull a striker on wages like Adebayor and get his parent club to foot the bill, Got to admire the brass balls on that.

While they would like Adebayor, Tottenham would also like City  to pay his wages or a very large part of it reportably form various media sources. How true it is ?

What is certain is Harry’s intent towards the player.

Harry who is in South Africa spoke to the media and had this to say on Adebayor.

“He is a name that was mentioned and I spoke to the chairman about the player, about the possibility of loaning him, but whether they [City] would loan him I don’t know,” Redknapp told reporters in South Africa.   “If they would loan him he would be of interest. He is a quality player. We will wait and see.”

The fact Abebayor is a good player when he wants to turn it on, he can put goals away. He would easily fit into the set up and be a good loan signing for them,  If its a loan and they don’t have to pay the bulk of the wages, Why not ?  Even better.

I and Spurs fans alike would love to see Ade in the Tottenham Hotspur shirt.

Just think of  the North London derby the Arsenal fans would go nuts, the fact he is a hate figure  even to the most passive Arsenal fan,  to be in a Spurs jersey to boot.

Why the headline says “having a  laugh” is simple, Spurs are a serious side who have just as much chance as anyone to clinch the title with the squad they have at present. For Spurs to sign Ade even on loan would strengthen their squad further. If the reports are true about the wages they are having a laugh its a cheeky Harry Redknapp chancing his arm. For City to pay Adebayor’s massive wages while he bangs it the goals to help Spurs week in and week out to get ahead of City would be crazy. I don’t know the figure that Ade is on but must be up in the £120,000 a week bracket.

Adebayor has played his last game in a City shirt that’s for sure time and again be bemoans the club and his situation. The player clearly wants a move to Real Madrid as do most players, However Real don’t seem to running in to sign him which could say,  Your not as good as you think you are !  (Nicklas Bendtner sprang to mind when I typed that also)

Watching Adebayor at times is great and he does have his moments,  Just don’t ask him to track back or learn the offside rule and there wont be a problem.

Chances of him going to Tottenham ? Who knows ? would have to say slim with City and Spurs being close rivals in the past two seasons cant be good sense to help them improve.

Then again some Arsenal and City fans will tell you that Ade at your club would be a great way to sabotage a team.

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The Hypocrisy of Arsene Wenger

July 17, 2011 by · 115 Comments
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Arsene Wenger in the last week or so has been spouting of about respect and disrespect. Lets have a look at what the hell he is on about.

First there was comments from Barcelona’s midfield wizard Xavi who claimed Arsenal should stand aside and allow  Cesc Fabregas join the Spanish giants as that is the players Dream. Wenger came out with Barcelona should show Arsenal some Respect and went on about people taking about poor old Arsenal. This is a players comments on a Spanish team mate abroad however Wenger decides its Barcelona as a whole who made these comments and should show him and Arsenal RESPECT, Hard to respect a sore loser and bad sportsman not to mention a team of divers, along with the always cheating Van Persie.

Within the space this French wack job is sticking his long nose into City’s sponsorship deal with Etihad about the naming rights to , calling out with others for an investigation to be launched. Allowing for the fact the actual figures have not been released yet so its a bit premature for  to be making comments about a business deal that is sweet F.A. to do with him, along with Liverpool and anyone else who has voiced concern about it. Fact is Arsene Wenger you read the Daily mail and decided to voice comment on it before having the full facts, DISRESPECTFUL !

City manager Mancini mentioned during the week of hid desire to sign another player from Arsenal, Samir Nasri this lad is a fantastic talent had a cracking season last year and would fit into any team in Europe. Wenger has accused Mancini of disrespect.

“This comment is out of order,” Wenger said, before addressing the issue of its disrespect. “I cannot say otherwise. These comments are not allowed. They are against the basic rules of football and he should be informed of that.

Rich coming from this twat what has City’s naming rights got to do with you Wenger ?  Why talk about it in public ? If its case you want an investigation go through the proper channels and don’t be mouthing about it.

Mancini needs to be informed of the basic rules of football ? We all seen Arsenal players diving anytime you were a goal down Arsenal players drop like flies around the box. Untied for all theirs flaws at least dig in for the 90 min and push to the end with football. Van Persie hitting Kompany while he was on the ground ? Same player more than once lifted his arm into opposition players running out from corners last season. Cheating still didn’t get you 3rd weak quitters with the tag of great footballers.

Wenger as I said above within a week you have showed what a Hypocrite you really are. Talk about people and clubs as you please just as long as nobody says anything about Arsenal. Wenger  Id say pressure is on nothing this season and your sacked couldn’t happen to a better person. Your a disgrace to football when Arsenal lose excuses and the blame game,  Man up and stop your mouthing.

Bye Bye Carlos. Now who is transfer target ?

July 5, 2011 by · 9 Comments
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Carlos Tevez waits until City make their first move in the transfer window to announce that He is to depart. Gael Clichy signed for City yesterday from Arsenal for a fee of £7m declaring to the City cameras “I have come here because I want to win things.” A big statement from a player who has played in Arsenals Invincibles side of 03-04 season at the tender age of 18. Tevez and his cronies picked a bad day to issue this news. Fine Carlos if you want out GO !! taking Clichy’s thunder yesterday was just poor P.R. by Kia and his lackeys.

Tevez who is currently on International duty with Argentina at the Copa America yesterday informed City of his wish to leave. City fan who are already sick of his sulking attitude are finally ready to see the back of him. Tevez claims it is for family reasons however we are all to well aware this is a move so himself and slimy agaent Kia can again cash in on the transfer market.

This may be a bigger problem that first as suitors for the £50m hitman will be few and far between, the wages will be in £200,000 area. City will also not be bullied into selling him to a club they may see as a threat to their plans for the future.

Swap deals are a possibility who though would be the replacement.

Eto’o is a no go with Carlos wage demands the problem.

Higuan at  Real could be a starter good player youth on his side and the chance to see more first team action than he did last season at Los Blancos. Argentine players tend to fair a lot better in the Premiership than the lads of Brazil as has been proven time and again in recent years.

Aguero, Atletico are resigned to losing Aguero this summer,the Argentine publicly stated his intention to leave back in May. City had not been linked to this player as much however this was due to the fact City did think loner Tevez would man up and get on with the job he signed up for.

Mancini is a known fan of  Ibrahimović could he be the man to fill the boots ? I would think not but im not the manager. Mancini like this player not many other managers rate him.

Marek Hamsik the 23 year old again favoured by Mancini. The Slovak international would seem to be leaning towards a move from Napoli to AC Milan with a year left on his contract Napoli will be looking to sell.

There are a mountain of names coming forward including Bendtner (lol)

If City are to replace Carlos who do you the fans,  think is the man to fill his boots ?

Sunday Tabloids, Fact or Fiction ?

July 3, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Sunday is hear again and so the round up of lies and half truths begins.

Ronaldo the show pony claims he would have left Real if the club and Jose the special one had of parted ways.  The Premiership and North West would have been his destination I believe were his words so must be Man City right ? God Knows, however the likelihood of City fans taking to the biggest diver of all time are we will say are slim.

Tevez for Eto’o the swap deal that never happened, A rumour has started that Mancini himself said these words. Can you believe that the manager would ? even if the deal was ever there. To say this after the fact of the deal not happening seems like a made up rumour, I can’t seem to find the original source of the story as of yet but I will continue and should I find it will post it for all to see.

Hulk the media whore of Porto claims City want him but he said NO. Lad is not a bad player but I believe in this case is looking for some free P.R. off the clubs back. He is however set to sign a new contract with Porto what a hero he must be to the fans down there. How many Hulk shirts will that stunt sell ?

Savic deal is done story is doing the rounds the 20 year will sign for £7m from FK Partisan. The Montenegro international is regarded as a player for the future at just 20 he has attracted a lot of interest from clubs around Europe. Deal is never done till the player signs the contract so the Savic deal is not done but it is believed the Club are in talks for the player.

Wayne Bridge is going here, Wayne Bridge is going there should Wayne be leaving the club he has a lot of choice  Newcastle,Liverpool,Villa,Bolton,and Wigan to name some of the premiership teams in for him supposedly and of course he has Italian and Spanish clubs looking too. Wait and see what happens.

Wigan want Wright Philips and why wouldn’t they hes a great player and possibly far to good for their set up. First team football guaranteed so I can see why he would may look and think.

Milner is not happy and Liverpool are willing to pay £20m for him. O.K. he had a bad season and played out of his favorite  position and didn’t play enough but with a big squad of quality player what did you except ?  This is not Villa maybe if Liverpool can make him happy and stop him spitting his dummy out he should go ?

What is your views on City in the transfer markets so far just all tabloid rumours and speculation or is there truth in any of these reports ?

What do City fans think on buying Arsenal ?

July 1, 2011 by · 12 Comments
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City have hit the headlines again with reports that Arsenal duo Clichy and Nasri are targets for the Blues. Clichy was widely reported to on the way to Liverpool in recent but Man City are now the front runners to seal the deal. This would indicate that Wanye Bridge or Kolarov could be on the way out of the club. Kolarov has made it clear he is in it for the long hall since his move from  Lazio last summer. Where as Bridge was loaned out to relegated side West Ham. First off how do City fans feel on Clichy ?  I’m not sure, for one I know he has a year or so on his contract and is currently the longest serving player at the club presently, but surly Arsene is not going to sell us another dud is he ?

Nasri, I was only talking to a United fan last Sunday (Thank Christ it was before my dinner) who assured me that Samir Nasri was going to no other club except Untied that the deal was all but announced. At this time I was thinking why the hell would Arsenal sell a player of that quality to Untied weakening themselves and strengthening Untied ? Now the papers are saying that City may have come into the race for the player. Question again, Why would Arsenal sell to City on the same grounds ? Turns out,  from what I read on a manure site is Arsenal don’t see City as a threat and should they sell to United it would be unfair to football as a whole, Who could stop them then ?.

My opinion would be, Nasri has a year to run and Arsenal were pretty sure the young French star would be happy with the £58k a week rather than sell out and go for the £90k a week. How wrong they were now in a situation of not breaking the wage cap in place at Arsenal and losing face they will have to sell. Untied offer £15m so City are now interested so the price is now some where between £20m – £25m see where this is going !

Nasri is a fantastic football who would get a place in any starting 11 except maybe the Champions Barcelona but apart from that he is a class player and the type of player most City and United  fans alike would love to see join their club .

Whats your view on the Transfer market to date and on the breaking Arsenal stories ?

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