Guest Blog: Peter Barnes
- 30 August 2013 11:30
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
Continuing our weekly series of guest blogs from former City greats, the Blues’ legendary flying left winger Peter Barnes shares some thoughts on the club’s recent fortunes and how wide players are back in fashion.
If there’s one club that deserves success it’s City and the way the owners have turned the club around is magnificent and long may it continue. The new academy development in East Manchester is something all Blues can look forward to and be extremely proud of when it opens in the coming years.
It’s a wonderful club with great supporters and the transition, both on and off the pitch, has been fantastic for everyone.
It’s great to see wingers back in fashion again at City. During the eighties we stopped playing with them, but with the summer acquisition of Jesus Navas, who was excellent in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, we now have a new wide man to get very excited about. Having a player of Jesus’ calibre in the Premier League can only be great for the game and an exciting prospect for the fans. Although, I’m sure many full backs would disagree!
Navas gives City an option wide on both flanks. We can’t always play triangles down the middle - sometimes you have to get wide and get crosses in from the corners, and Jesus, along with the other summer transfers have been excellent signings for the club and we have a very exciting team now.
Nowadays, you need wide players, particularly at home when dictating the play. You need players that can win freekicks, get crosses in, create one to one situations, and make things happen for the forwards in the top third.
Some fans will remember Peter Beagrie who was excellent at the club in the mid-nineties; providing some wonderful crosses for Paul Walsh and Uwe Rosler to convert. Although not a particularly memorable era for the club, some of the wingplay on display at City during that time was the best since the 1960s.
Let’s hope that this season will not only be remembered for being a hugely successful one for City, but also for some terrific, wide attacking football!