Darius Vassell: The Survivor

March 10, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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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?

Whose Next?

The injuries to Benjani and Bojinov now doubled with Bellamy and Robinho both set to miss significant time begs the question as to whose next among City’s attacking players to go down. City is left with thin options up front. Darrius Vassell could always be thrown into the mix as conceivably could Elano, but among pure strikers you are left with a  19 year old Daniel Sturridge and two 20 year olds Ched Evans, and Felipe Caiecedo.

Mark Hughes decision to let Jo leave on loan to Everton looked like solid business two months ago but now has to be questioned. Nonetheless, City should have Robinho back sooner than Bellamy.

Wednesday’s match against Aston Villa, a side whose away form has been outstanding presents a challenge for the youngsters. Will they be able to step up?