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http://www.espnfc.com/club/manchester-city/382/blog/post/2203478/david-silva-deserves-more-recognition-as-man-citys-magician

A superb write on magician.
I must say I am one City fan that is happy we drew Barcelona, I can't wait, to see how the action unfolds this time around.
http://playingfor90.com/2014/12/18/check-movement-goal-albert-rusnak-video/

Looks like Rusnak is killing it on loan. I don't know if City are planning on keeping him because his being watched by several Eredvisie teams for a January deal.

What's our policy on youth players? Do we have a policy? I feel like once the loanee academy player does well on loan and some team needs him, City will offload him in no time. What happened to Abdul Razak and Emyr Huws? Two promising young talents that were sold and not given a chance. Now we have guys like Rusnak and Denayer who are actually impressing really well in their loan teams. Especially Denayer who broke into Celtics first team in no time. When is he going to be sold?

If MP gave Guidetti a chance then I wouldn't mind seeing him return from his loan deal but since he really wants to leave City after his horrid time here, he got his wish and I don't think his every coming back nor signing a new deal. It just sucks to see how things turnout for bright young City talents and how must won't every make the first team anytime soon. Even if were short on players because of the pressure to win trophies MP will always rely on shopping for proven talent and spending. Even with the new academy, their is no hope for those young kids.
I agree, I've been saying it's kinda pointless having a youth academy if we aren't going to use it for the club.

With the squad we have now and like you said the pressure from the big boys to win win win, it's going to be hard for any youth player to make a solid place in the first team unless he is the next Ronaldo or Thiago Silva or something, I mean if Nasty Nas couldn't make it a young promising defender what hope is there.

I can only see us using the academy as a farm to sell young players at this point, I hope I am wrong, we will see in the future.
Newcastle are interested in Aleksandar Mitrovic, we should sign him instead. Most times midtable sides pick up some awesome talent while top sides go for big overpriced players. We should make a move for Mitrovic.
I disagree....... there's greater talent out there, If we don't recall Guidetti We should be looking for strikers such as Bony, or Muriel type strikers. Big mistake letting Negredo go.
The problem with bringing in an even greater talent is the demand their going to be asking for. What happens when Dzeko, Aguero and Jovetic are fit? I don't see a in form Bony will take a backseat to them? Not to mention his going to the AFCON so he won't be around for to much when we really need him.

The reason why I recommend Mitrovic is because the kid is 20 and is a lethal big striker that's going to be a top talent in a few years not to mention his 4 goals in UCL, a record better then Dzeko and Jovetic combined. His stats in Belgian League and UCL are good. Also I think he would be easier to negotiate with when it comes to playing time he would be able to understand his role and could take a back sit and learn from guys like Dzkeo and Aguero and come in when he needs to considering his 20 and has long way to go. He could be our next top striker in the making and I could see a big guy like him partnering with Pozo up top as a future striking duo, like Aguero and Dzeko.
We don't need to buy a striker, yaya can fit the role then have fernando and Fernandinho do his part
Yaya will be gone for the AFCON during Janaury so we do need a striker. Secondly, Yaya has lost pace and tends to lose possession easier this season and I don't know how effective his going to be on counters when he has to bust a gut. Some times he'll drift during games and he won't be hounding down DFs for possession in their half. I'd much rather see Milner in that possession whereas the guy just brings so much hard work throughout the 90mins when he starts a game.

Bottom line, we need a striker. We deploy two strikers per game because of MP 4-4-2, we have Dzeko who's not injury prone but out of form at times and an injury prone Augero&Jovetic. Thinking long term we need a 4th striker because this might happen again during the end of the season when we need to get some important point and we are missing some strikers thanks to the injury bug or international games which are due to be back. Their is no time for makeshift players because Milner is pretty much only a cover and he can only do so much, he is our MF engine and we need him in the MF more then anything.

I would have liked Guidetti back but City left a bitter taste in his mouth and he doesn't want back anymore and Pozo is our only young academy product that can play.
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Hey guys, i snuck in dzeko last week for fantasy and we all know what happened in warm ups. Who do u think will play striker for you guys? you have favorable fixtures so i need a city goalscorer and can't afford Yaya in midfield.

Thanks
We don't have a striker. All 3 are injured. Last time we played Pozo, who is more of a #10. So going forward I have a feeling Pellegrini might play Yaya or Milner in the #9 role.
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I read that article about Milner practicing there. He certainly is Mr versatile. Do you think you Pell would hint more concretely who is going to be used in the upcoming days and before a few hers before the match?
He has already hinted Milner, that's about it. Yaya has played that role before. Apart from that nobody else has really played that role at City. In the last game Silva/Nasri played as the two forwards towards the end after Pozo was taken off.. but proved super ineffective. It was like have two #10s and no striker.

I would bet on Milner at this point.
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Good stuff! Thx tomikato.
So I just got tickets to see City play next year in Melbourne (my home city) and they'll be playing Madrid. CANNOT WAIT. :D :D :D
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Mattia Destro could be an option but Aleksander Mitrovic is going to be a big player someday. The 20 year old from Anderlecht has been very impressive in the Belgium League and UCL, with 4 goals in Europe already, so we know he can score goals in UCL. His going to fit being Serbian and joining the Balkan Brigade of Dzeko, Jovetic, Kolarov and Nastasic. The striker also stands almost at 6'3 so he ain't a short guy and his going to give Dzeko and Jovetic lots of cover and competition. Bright talent, lets sign him!
Cant say I am happy to have drawn city in the round of 16 but I look forward to our two giants clashing in what should be the most anticipated draw. Good luck to you guys and I hope that both our teams are healthy and at full strength.
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So with MP saying he has a list of strikers he wants to sign, what kind of striker do you think his planning on signing? I would like to see someone like Jose Callejon, very underrated for Spain and great technical striker in the box that can finish well. His goal record is pretty good, 15 goals in his first season with Napoli, 8 goals in 10 apps this season so far. I like Spainsh striker for a reason, they don't just finish but they can be extremely skillful in the box and finish with style. Not to mention he would be a good rotational player to rotate Aguero with who played almost every game for us this season before the injury. Although the physicality of the league would be the biggest con on his end.
Napoli practically bought Gabbiadini, so someone is leaving.
Callejon is good, I don't fancy him for us because he plays wide, I prefer if we get a pure centre forward. Can we just recall Guidetti?
His not going to want to come back, in his doing really well in Celtic and has even attracted Marseille from Ligue 1. I'm sorry to say but the best thing he ever did for his career was leaving City.

I think its the fact that MP never really considered him at all, even when we had out of form players and he was fully fit and healthy. MP has even given Pozo an 18 year old more chances in the PL then Guidetti every got during his all career at City, its sad really. So while thinks are going well for him at Celtic and his getting called back to Sweden I don't think his going to fancy a move back to City where his career was plagued by injuries and was overlooked by managers.

As for the striker situation, you make a good point we do need a pure CF with size and strength. I can't think of any players that are a possible signing. I wish I knew who MP was thinking of signing!
Reports saying there is a clause for Celtic to buy him permanently either in Jan or in the summer, and they are saying Celtic will buy him permanently in Jan in about 3 Millions. Celtic manager has been talked a lot of times about it in his press conference saying the talk between the clubs is going positive.
Stuff Jovetic. Shove Dzeko. Forget Aguero. Our Mr. Versatile is going to be deployed as the striker. Yep folks, he can play in midfield, he can play on the wings. He can do fullbacks and he can do defense. He will be the #9 we need. Our one true player.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2873827/James-Milner-striker-Manuel-Pellegrini-says-deploy-Manchester-City-s-Mr-Versatile-No-9-role-solve-injury-crisis.html
Mr. Versatile can do everything!
I hope he'll sign dthe new contract. Always my favorite


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Premier League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
39
23
13
36
1
3
12
16
1
36
19
14
33
2
3
11
16
2
31
12
17
29
3
4
9
16
3
28
8
19
27
4
4
8
16
4
26
12
13
25
6
2
8
16
5
26
9
19
28
4
5
7
16
6
24
-2
22
20
6
3
7
16
7
23
-4
22
18
5
5
6
16
8
22
2
19
21
6
4
6
16
9
21
3
24
27
5
6
5
16
10
21
-3
22
19
7
3
6
16
11
19
-3
21
18
7
4
5
16
12
19
-10
20
10
7
4
5
16
13
17
-5
20
15
7
5
4
16
14
16
-10
24
14
4
10
2
16
15
15
-5
24
19
7
6
3
16
16
15
-13
24
11
7
6
3
16
17
14
-13
30
17
10
2
4
16
18
13
-8
23
15
7
7
2
16
19
10
-12
27
15
10
4
2
16
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
15
12
4
16
1
0
5
6
1
8
1
8
9
2
2
2
6
2
5
-6
14
8
3
2
1
6
3
5
-7
13
6
3
2
1
6
4

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