Top 10: Players who should stay at Manchester City
Top 10: Players who should stay at Manchester City
Transfers, transfers, transfers. In recent years Manchester City's summer action plan has followed a similar pattern.
Every year famous players would leave the club and even more famous players would be signed. Yet, this recruitment structure sometimes does not allow players to show what they are really capable of.
Putting names like Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, and Sergio Aguero aside - we know that they will potentially stay in the club for years to come - what Manchester City players could leave this summer?
Here are ten Manchester City players that deserve at least one more season to prove themselves.
10. Jack Rodwell, 21.
At the age of only 21, Jack Rodwell has a lot more to offer to the squad if only he gets more playing time to prove it. After a shaky start to the campaign for Manchester City and a couple of injuries, Rodwell came back in yesterday's clash against Chelsea, and showed what he is really capable of - stable game in midfield and a potential danger in attack after attempting two shots on goal.
9. Micah Richards, 24.
Despite missing a large part of the season due to injuries, Micah Richards has proven himself for his club and for his national team as well. His impressive physique and speed come really handy in his role as right back. He can provide a good cross when it's needed and he can take on the role as centre back as well. He has captained Manchester City before, taking up the role in the absence of Vincent Kompany.
8. Kolo Toure, 31.
Yaya Toure's older brother may not get the recognition of his sibling, but he certainly has something to add to the team. He doesn't get a lot of playing time after facing competition from Sky Blues skipper Vincent Kompany and England international Joleon Lescott, but when he gets a chance, he gives everything he can. He recently showed his skill after an impressive performance against London rivals, Chelsea. Kolo may not be suitable for a permanent place in the starting XI, but he can definitely serve his duties when times call for it.
7. Aleksandar Kolarov, 27.
The Serbian defender didn't earn his nickname 'The Balkan Beast' without a reason. Possessing one of the hardest shots at Manchester City if not the Premier League itself, Kolarov presents a real threat every time he is on the field. Not only a specialist set-piece taker, Kolarov is able to play as wing-back or in a more advanced position. One of his ideal partnerships tends to be with Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.
6. Gael Clichy, 27.
Aleksandar Kolarov's biggest competition for a spot in the starting XI, the Frenchman possesses speed and a good eye for crosses, even though sometimes his strength is not enough to present a threat to attacking rival players. One of his trademarks is a quick run through the opposing team's defence and on many occasions he is able to create good opportunities for his team to score. His tackling abilities are not perfect, but due to his speed he is perfectly capable of taking the ball from his opponents.
5. James Milner, 27.
James Milner is one of those players that you just can't predict before the start of the game. There is no middle ground for him, he either has one of the best games in his life, or his performance fails to impress at all. However, when the day is good for him, he is a midfielder that can be trusted. He can launch an attack when he is given the opportunity and he has a good eye for spotting passes that can surprise the opposition's defence.
4. Edin Dzeko, 26.
His nickname is 'The Bosnian Diamond' and if he got more playing opportunities he might be just that for Manchester City as well. He is one of those strikers that raise the question if it's the number of goals that are scored or it's the goal's importance that counts. He may not score every game, but usually every time he hits the net he is getting his team out of trouble. He has scored the winning strike at multiple games and he may be remembered with his equaliser in the match that brought Manchester City their first title in 44 years.
3. Carlos Tevez, 29.
Despite the number of controversies that surround the Argentinian wherever he goes, he can always be counted on to make a difference in the game. His impressive technique and a good eye for both passes and shots make him a very dangerous forward that can be used in a combination with either Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko. If he manages to keep his temper under control, he might just win his starting XI place sooner than expected.
2. Matija Nastasic, 19.
Probably one of the most successful transfers that Roberto Mancini completed last summer, the Serbian defender has proven himself to be a better replacement for Stefan Savic than expected. Making an impressive debut against Spanish titans Real Madrid, his defending skills were immediately noticed, despite his team's loss. Nastasic is surely making his way into the starting XI of the team, putting up a passionate performance every time he's given the opportunity.
1. Pablo Zabaleta, 28.
The Argentinian has been one of the key players at the Etihad Stadium this season, after winning his team's Player of the Month award on two occasions. His role is mainly as a full back, but when his team is desperate he can comfortably move into midfield as well. He has proven himself to be able to play on both sides of defence and is also a threat when he joins in attack. He has captained his team a number of times and he has also shown that he can withstand the pressure and score important goals when he needs to.
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